Mayfair offers an eclectic mix of old, designer and exclusive destination shops.
Mount Street: designer fashion, jewellery and diverse. You’ll find fashion houses Azzaro, Loewe, Lanvin, Céline and Oscar de la Renta alongside jewellers, a Porsche showroom and for cigar enthusiasts Alfie Turmeaus Tobacconist features a walk-in humidor.
Duke Street: leather goods, antiques, furniture, Nelsons 150-year-old pharmacy and Rake – a new menswear boutique.
North Audley Street: Truc Vert is the place to sample and buy gourmet delicatessen products and Richard Gelding is a must-visit for formal menswear and Italian-made shoes.
Burlington Arcade: built in 1819, today it’s an emporium of specialist, independent retailers selling luxury leather goods, jewellery, pens, cashmere and fashion accessories.
Green and open spaces to rest and reflect:
Grosvenor Square: the second largest square in London is six acres of pristine lawns and is encircled by neo-Georgian houses and Embassies.
Mount Street Gardens: a peaceful sanctuary and one of the most important sites for nature conservation in London. Hidden behind red-brick mansion blocks and the neo-Gothic Church of the Immaculate Conception, there are plenty of benches and shade to while away an hour or two.
Brown Hart Gardens (just off Duke Street): one of the city’s best kept secrets, a raised paved terrace that at street level you might not even notice. Located on the roof of the old Duke Street electricity substation, today the garden provides residents, shoppers and local office workers with a sunny, lofty space to escape the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. There’s even a cafe for refreshments – The Garden Café by Benugo.