Associated with being an affluent, prestigious location, Mayfair certainly lives up to its reputation and shows no sign of reigning it in. The residential property in this area is some of the most expensive in London and there are rarely any pads available for under £1 million. Its pricey allure and exclusivity has attracted a plethora of notable residents such as Oscar Wilde, the formidable Winston Churchill and THE QUEEN was even born there! It doesn’t get more high class than that, really. Talking of the Queen, the Crown still own a lot of estate within Mayfair.
Mayfair was a pretty barren, open plot of fieldwork until various transformation took place in the late 1600’s when the Grosvenor family took a large amount of land and built upon it making it the recognisable place we know now. The area falls between both Hyde and Green Park, so you are sandwiched between two great spaces of greenery. Hyde Park is often used for concerts, festivals, outdoor cinemas and pop-up events that are a great way to connect staff of nearby offices. In Mayfair, there are so many opportunities for adding culture and fun into extracurricular activities!
The area is synonymous for high-end shopping with stores such as Fortnum and Mason, the Burlington Arcade and the famous Bond Street with its stretch of designer shops lining the way. Even if you can’t justify splashing the cash here, people watching is nearly as fun so it’s worth a lazy stroll if you have some spare time. Talking of spare time, you can also while away the hours in one of the various galleries (most are free to enter! Have a look at options here: http://www.artmayfair.com/). Alternatively, the Royal Academy of Arts is definitely worth a look and even has a lovely bar with terraced garden to relax in after you’ve tired yourself out looking at all the exhibited pieces.
If food is more your preference when it comes to after-work escapades, then you will be pleased to learn that Mayfair is home to some stunning examples of culinary fair. From renowned Cantonese restaurant, Hakkasan to famous hotel eateries such as Claridge’s or the Dorchester, there is an absolute plethora of fine dining options to check out.
So, that’s the leisure side of things sorted, but what about the type of offices in Mayfair? Well, there are lots of stunning buildings from the Georgian and Victorian eras that have been converted into office space, so think high ceilings, bay windows and spiral staircases that offer prestigious space for your business. There are also more modern offerings available with lots of redevelopments being undertaken in Hanover Square, Dover Street, Berkeley Square and surrounding Mayfair streets which are akin to high-end hotels providing sleek, contemporary design with members’ club type vibes. Depending on the style you’re after, there are plenty of styles around and size options for you and your team.
The area has a professional feel and smartly dressed workers buzzing around. As well as playing host to some Embassy buildings, there are also lawyers, investment funds, venture capital firms, jeweller HQs and wine merchants to name some of the top industries based in W1 postcode. However, it isn’t exclusive and even if you have a more casual approach to the office, you can certainly become part of the community if the feel and location is right for you. With such great connectivity to the rest of the West End, South West London as well as speedy links to the City too, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to meeting prospective clients.
So, if you wish to relocate and add a touch of class to your address, we couldn’t recommend Mayfair enough. Have a look through at some of our listed buildings here to see a selection of buildings in the area. We are also on hand to assist, so feel free to get in touch and we can have an informal conversation about your thoughts and ideas for your company move.