Mayfair

It seems that in my desire to explore new places and discover the unknown parts of London, I have missed some of the very obvious central touristy locations. Like Mayfair.

Mayfair is definitely the most posh part of London and it’s basically the area bounded by Piccadilly, Regent Street, Oxford Street and Hyde Park. I decide to start my walk at Piccadilly Circus.

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As always, it’s hyper crowded – I don’t even think I’ve actually seen this place in a different state, maybe only very late at night, but even then it’s still relatively busy.

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Now I’m walking down Piccadilly street towards Green Park.

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In case anyone doesn’t know, Waterstones is a bookstore chain, and this particular one is London’s largest bookshop with five floors of books sorted thematically.

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This is another church of Sir Christopher Wren’s heritage (if you remember, I’ve mentioned quite a few of them in my posts about City), St James’s Anglican church.

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I am always fascinated by beautiful architecture, even though I hardly know anything about it and Gothic is pretty much the only style that I can distinguish among others. For example, I have absolutely no idea what style (or styles) those buildings belong to, but I just love them!

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It’s not just a beautiful building, by the way, it’s Fortnum & Mason, a very fancy upmarket department store, mostly selling expensive food products.

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On my side of the street there is the Burlington Arcade, a shopping centre, which, understandably, is also an upmarket one – location obliges.

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To give you some understanding of what the location obliges for, here is your average Mayfair jewellery shop (to be fair, I don’t know if it’s really average).

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That’s Old Bond Street with its high end fashion boutiques – come here for Cartier, Prada, Ferragamo and Tiffany, if you like it. As for me, I’m not really into fashion, so prefer spending my extra money, whenever I have it, elsewhere.

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I don’t know if the pictures give any of that impression at all, but when you walk around Mayfair, it almost feels like even the air is infused with luxury.

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This is the famous Ritz hotel right next to Green Park.

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I turn onto Berkeley Street and start walking towards the Berkeley Square (it’s visible there, at the end of the street in the picture).

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This is a narrow side street, Lansdowne Row, and it looks like every restaurant, bar and café here offers shisha, even the non-Middle Eastern ones for some reason.

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Some streets looks very empty, but don’t get fooled, it actually takes me a few minutes before I can capture the perfect moment when there are no cars and no people in close vicinity and obstructing the view.

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That’s Bruton Street, which I’m looking at from across the Berkeley Square. Google Maps tell me that there is nothing interesting there other than a few more luxury brand shops, but for some reason it’s been nicely decorated with Union Jacks.

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Here is yet another famous hotel, the Connaught, located at Carlos Place.

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Together with that little fountain, Carlos Place makes a rather common photo spot and is usually featured in various materials about Mayfair.

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So it’s not surprising that I want to take quite a few pictures here from different angles, including this one, very similar to the one above, but with a better view of the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

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It is a beautiful place indeed, and I’m really lucky with the lighting too. I generally like how sunlit buildings usually look, but this one is actually even beyond lovely!

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The Church of the Immaculate Conception, run by Jesuits, by the way, has a very nice courtyard, which then turns into Mount Street Gardens.

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The gardens are also very pretty and also quiet and peaceful. I guess, it has to do with the location – they are kind of hidden between several buildings, so not that easy to find.

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Since I’m very close to Hyde Park already, I’m going to end my walk there. The final photo is that of one more very famous hotel, The Dorchester and, even more importantly, the flowers in front of it.

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