Moving to Mayfair
Are you moving to Mayfair? Synonymous with wealth and elegance, Mayfair is one of the capital’s most elegant residential areas with glorious townhouses, smart residential squares and elegant terraces. Filled to the brim with wealthy residents, it is popular with the well-heeled looking for a smart address.
Our free, in-depth Moving to Mayfair report includes info on:
• The best areas to live
• The good schools
• The average monthly rental prices
• The excellent public transport system in the city
Putting Mayfair on the map
Modern Mayfair encompasses an area of a 100-acre square of prime property that is bordered by Oxford Street to the north, Regent Street to the east, Piccadilly to the south and Park Lane to the west. Notable landowners in the area are the Rothschild family, Grosvenors and the Crown Estate.
Right in the heart of London, with Hyde Park on its doorstep, Mayfair offers the most central London addresses, as well as the smartest. The streets of Mayfair are remarkably quiet and it is not transected by any major roads, though it is bounded by several main London arteries. It is served by six London underground stations, all of which also lie on the area’s boundaries, giving access to the
- and Piccadilly lines,
offering easy commutes to the City and Canary Wharf. The nearest main railway stations are
- Victoria to the south and
- St Pancras
- King’s Cross to the north.
Who lives here and why?
With easy access to the City and sky-high property prices, the area is popular with bankers and hedge-fund managers, as well as with high-net-worth individuals and expats. Previous and current illustrious residents include
- Dwight Eisenhower,
- the composer George Handel,
- Jimi Hendrix,
- Florence Nightingale,
- PG Wodehouse,
- the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen,
- Winston Churchill,
- Harry Nilsson
- Keith Moon.
The Best Bits
Mayfair is neatly bisected by Bond Street, London’s premier shopping street, and the famous names on the mile or so of shop fronts reflect perhaps the wealth of the local residents and the area’s pre-eminence as the place to see and be seen for the rest of London and tourists alike.
For the world’s fashion designers, a store on Bond Street is surely proof that you have arrived! Running east of and parallel to Bond Street is Saville Row, home to London’s grandest bespoke tailors and the only place to go if you want a top quality hand-made suit.
However, it’s not all about shopping: Mayfair is also home to the Royal Academy of Arts, in Burlington House on Piccadilly. Every year, this most prestigious of London’s art galleries hosts sell-out exhibitions featuring world-famous artists, as well as its celebrated Summer Exhibition of new works by established and unknown artists that are all available for anyone to buy – if you have the money!
But if Mayfair is the heart of the city, then surely Grosvenor Square is the heart of Mayfair. Double the size of most other London squares, Grosvenor Square was also the first place in London to have terraced houses built with unified facades. Now, of course, one whole side of the square is taken up by the vast modernist United States Embassy. This listed building was designed by architect Eero Saarinen, with six stories above ground and three below, and was opened in 1960. However, the US Embassy has been located in Grosvenor Square since 1938. Sadly, this long association will soon be coming to an end, as America is building itself a new, larger embassy in Battersea.
In contrast, Shepherd Market is a small enclave of lanes and alleyways that almost form a ‘village within a village’, located between Curzon Street and Piccadilly. It is a haven of quirky shops and excellent restaurants and its four pubs are always busy in the early evenings with the employees who work along ‘hedge fund alley’, as Curzon Street has come to be known.
One of the lesser known and more attractive features of Mayfair is Mount Street Gardens. Many of the benches have been donated in memory of American citizens who worked at the US embassy and enjoyed strolling through the gardens.
While entire townhouses are still prohibitively expensive, there are luxury apartments to be had at more affordable prices, and it is thought that the current US embassy building may well be developed into residential property once the current incumbents have moved out. Furthermore, the building that used to house the famous ‘In and Out’ club on Piccadilly is currently being converted in 24 luxurious dwellings.
So what sort of thing are you likely to get for your money? Bathrooms that are leather lined, bespoke, hand-crafted kitchens, garages that have been designed with Lamborghinis in mind, staff accommodation, cherry-wood panelling, onsite concierge services, balconies or roof terraces – in fact, whatever you want. However, at the more modest end of the market, you should be able to find smart, modern apartments with excellent addresses.
Bringing the Kids
The London Borough of Westminster, in which Mayfair is located, is actually responsible for 40 state-funded primary schools and 10 secondary schools. In central London there are plenty of private schools for every age group, including the American School in London, the International Community School and the Lycée Français, some excellent girls’ schools including the
- Francis Holland School and
- Queens College London,
- boys’ schools such as Westminster School,
- the Westminster Abbey
- and Westminster Cathedral Choir Schools,
- not to mention the Royal Ballet School
- and the Sylvia Young Theatre School.
So there is, in fact, plenty of choice. Add to that the advantages of having Hyde Park and a multitude of London’s most important cultural attractions right on your doorstep and you can start to see the advantages of city-centre living, even for the youngest members of the family.
Relocating to Mayfair
There’s no denying that rental values in Mayfair are among the most expensive in London. The prestige of having a Mayfair address coupled with the convenience of living right in the very centre of the city allow for a high premium. But you’re also paying for a quality of life that other parts of London don’t necessarily offer: a quiet residential area with designer shopping, high culture and the wide open spaces of Hyde Park and Green Park right on your doorstep.
However, if you don’t know the area, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when looking for a property, and access to someone with good knowledge of the local rental market is virtually essential. Add to that further considerations such as convenience for work, access to suitable schools, transport links for trips back home… This is when employing the services of a relocation agent can really help.
At Saunders 1865, our teams of experts combine local knowledge with first-hand experience to pinpoint the right area and the right property that will tick all your boxes. We know London property inside out, we know how much you should expect to pay and the advantages and disadvantages of choosing different areas. We can bring expertise to all these factors and help to arrange smooth, efficient and stress-free relocations – here or to other parts of London and the UK. Our services include home finding assistance, school finding, lease negotiations, temporary accommodation, move management and immigration assistance. Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you.
Mayfair has to be the destination of choice for those looking for uber-luxury. For the VIP assignee who requires an exclusive, high-end Central London address, Mayfair is the ideal choice. It’s a quiet residential area with beautiful homes, designer shopping, high culture and wide open spaces.
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