Category Archives: /Mayfair

Mayfair Inns from Yesterday

Above: The most unusual name of the six described in this article. Mayfair is not short of pubs. There are about 30 pubs in the area, some modern and some old. This blog concentrates on what were probably coaching inns … Continue reading

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Cabmen’s Shelter, Hanover Square

Above: The Cabmen’s Shelter in Hanover Square looking rather sorry for itself due to the continuing (2019) works in the square, partly due to the construction of Crossrail. Cabmen’s Shelters are an interesting part of London’s history. They relate to … Continue reading

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Burlington Arcade

Above: The southern end of Burlington Arcade which faces onto Piccadilly. Central London once had many arcades of shops which, with the passage of time, have gradually diminished in number. Today, the number of arcades is probably just over 10. … Continue reading

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Porter’s Rest, Piccadilly

Above: Looking east in Piccadilly at the original 150-year old Porter’s Rest, photographed in 2009. Porter’s rests were once a common sight in London. They were to be found beside the main routes into the centre of the capital and … Continue reading

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Dorchester Hotel

Above: The Dorchester Hotel. The large plane tree in front of the hotel is on the right. If asked to name some of the famous hotels in London, the Dorchester Hotel would certainly be near the top of the list … Continue reading

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Claridge’s Hotel

Above: The main entrance to the hotel is from the south side of Brook Street. At some time before 1855, William Claridge opened a small hotel in Brook Street, which runs parallel to Oxford Street some distance to the south. … Continue reading

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Shepherd Market

Above: View of the market area from White Horse Street. The area known as Mayfair is, in general, made up of imposing streets with mainly large offices and some residential blocks. As you walk around you soon realise how long … Continue reading

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Bond Street Window Shopping

Above: Image of a painting by the Japanese artist Yoshio Markino entitled ‘Shopping in Bond Street’, probably painted in the 1920s. How much shopping do you do in Bond Street? Well, it may not be much but that is not … Continue reading

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Mayfair – Quick Look Around

Above: Looking east along Piccadilly. It is almost impossible to show a typical street in Mayfair because they are all so different. Defining the Area’s Boundary Although Mayfair lies on the west side of Regent Street – just across the … Continue reading

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Piccadilly Overview

Above: The area of study called (by the author) Piccadilly. As well as two large parks, the land covered by streets is called Soho, Mayfair and Knightsbridge. There are few people who do not know the name in London of … Continue reading

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