Mayfair’s Historic Buildings

London is a city with a vast array of neighborhoods, but nowhere does blue blood and high society cozy up to designer chic and retail power like Mayfair, the heart (and perhaps pocketbook) of The Square Mile. For out of town visitors, hotels in Mayfair offer a dazzling combination of luxury and culture.

Situated in historic Grosvenor Square (pronounced “Grove-ner”), the former 18th Century mansion now known as The Millennium Hotel London Mayfair is among the most elegant of Mayfair hotels. Grosvenor Square is known as “little America” because of the presence of the American embassy and a statue of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

One of the four-star Mayfair hotels, The Chesterfield displays modern chic and old-world British charm, just off Berkeley Square (pronounced “Barkley”). Winston Churchill lived at 48 Berkeley Square as a child, and two doors down at 50 Berkeley square you’ll find the most infamous haunted house in London. If you’re in the mood to shop, you’re definitely in the right place, as the high-end stores of Regent Street and Piccadilly are a just a short walk away.

One of the more charming hotels in Mayfair is Flemings Hotel, located close to the boutiques and eateries of historic Shepherds Market and Bond Street. Home to the London office of Sotheby’s auction house and the Fine Art Society, Bond Street also features branches of most of the leading designer brands. The fashionable address is mentioned in both Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” and Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway.”

Another luxury choice among Mayfair hotels is Claridge’s, located at the corner of Brook Street and Davies Street. A favorite among entertainers, Claridge’s guests have included Alfred Hitchcock, Brad Pitt, Mick Jagger and U2. The hotel’s long-standing connections with the Royal Family have led to it being called an “extension of Buckingham Palace.” If you’re looking for a memorable experience while visiting London, hotels in Mayfair will treat you like royalty.

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April 20, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Travel Tips

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