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Suburb · Mayfair · W1J ·
December
29
2013

Mayfair (originally called The May Fair) is an area of central London, by the east edge of Hyde Park. Mayfair boasts some of the capital’s most exclusive property of all types.

Mayfair is named after the annual fortnight-long May Fair that took place on the site that is Shepherd Market today. In 1764, the May Fair was banned at Shepherd Market because the well-to-do residents of the area disliked the fair’s disorderliness, and it moved to Fair Field in Bow in the East End of London.

The district is now mainly commercial, with many former homes converted into offices for major corporations headquarters, embassies and also hedge funds and real estate businesses. There remains a substantial quantity of residential property as well as some exclusive shopping and London’s largest concentration of luxury hotels and many restaurants. Rents are among the highest in London and the world.

The freehold of a large section of Mayfair also belongs to the Crown Estate.

The renown and prestige of Mayfair could have grown in the popular mind because it is the most expensive property on the British Monopoly set. Victor Watson, the head of Waddingtons at the time, and his secretary Marjory Phillips, chose the London place names for the British version — Ms Phillips apparently went for a walk around London to choose suitable sites.


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Emma Seif   
Added: 25 Jan 2022 19:06 GMT   

Birth of the Bluestocking Society
In about 1750, Elizabeth Montagu began hosting literary breakfasts in her home at 23 (now 31) Hill Street. These are considered the first meetings of the Bluestocking society.

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Born here
www.violettrefusis.com   
Added: 17 Feb 2021 15:05 GMT   

Birth place
Violet Trefusis, writer, cosmopolitan intellectual and patron of the Arts was born at 2 Wilton Crescent SW1X.

Source: www.violettrefusis.com

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Lived here
Julian    
Added: 23 Mar 2021 10:11 GMT   

Dennis Potter
Author Dennis Potter lived in Collingwood House in the 1970’s

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Jessie Doring   
Added: 22 Feb 2021 04:33 GMT   

Tisbury Court Jazz Bar
Jazz Bar opened in Tisbury Court by 2 Australians. Situated in underground basement. Can not remember how long it opened for.

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Justin Russ   
Added: 15 Feb 2021 20:25 GMT   

Binney Street, W1K
Binney St was previously named Thomas Street before the 1950’s. Before the 1840’s (approx.) it was named Bird St both above and below Oxford St.

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Jude Allen   
Added: 29 Jul 2021 07:53 GMT   

Bra top
I jave a jewelled item of clothong worn by a revie girl.
It is red with diamante straps. Inside it jas a label Bermans Revue 16 Orange Street but I cannot find any info online about the revue only that 16 Orange Street used to be a theatre. Does any one know about the revue. I would be intesrested to imagine the wearer of the article and her London life.

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Watts   
Added: 17 May 2022 20:29 GMT   

Baeethoven St School, also an Annex for Paddington College of FE.
In the early 70’s I took a two year science course at Paddington CFE. The science classes were held on weekday evenings at Beethoven Street school, overseen by chemistry teacher, Mr Tattershall.

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Added: 25 Apr 2022 22:11 GMT   

Southover, N12
Everyone knows Central Woodside is the place to be. Ever since kdog moved from finchtown, Woodside has been thriving.

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Bernard Miller   
Added: 12 Apr 2022 17:36 GMT   

My mother and her sister were born at 9 Windsor Terrace
My mother, Millie Haring (later Miller) and her sister Yetta Haring (later Freedman) were born here in 1922 and 1923. With their parents and older brother and sister, they lived in two rooms until they moved to Stoke Newington in 1929. She always said there were six rooms, six families, a shared sink on the first floor landing and a toilet in the backyard.

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Brian Lynch   
Added: 10 Apr 2022 13:38 GMT   

Staples Mattress Factory
An architect’s design of the Staples Mattress Factory
An image found on the website of Dalzell’s Beds, in Armagh Northern Ireland.

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Lived here
   
Added: 19 Feb 2022 16:21 GMT   

Harmondsworth (1939 - 1965)
I lived in a house (Lostwithiel) on the Bath Road opposite the junction with Tythe Barn Lane, now a hotel site. Initially, aircraft used one of the diagonal runways directly in line with our house. I attended Sipson Primary School opposite the Three Magpies and celebrated my 21st birthday at The Peggy Bedford in 1959.

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Emma Seif   
Added: 25 Jan 2022 19:06 GMT   

Birth of the Bluestocking Society
In about 1750, Elizabeth Montagu began hosting literary breakfasts in her home at 23 (now 31) Hill Street. These are considered the first meetings of the Bluestocking society.

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Comment
   
Added: 14 Jan 2022 03:06 GMT   

Goldbourne Gardens W 10
I lived in Goldbourne Gardens in the 50,s very happy big bomb site

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Chris Nash   
Added: 10 Jan 2022 22:54 GMT   

Shortlands Close, DA17
Shortlands Close and the flats along it were constructed in the mid-1990s. Prior to this, the area was occupied by semi-detached houses with large gardens, which dated from the post-war period and were built on the site of Railway Farm. The farm and its buildings spanned the length of Abbey Road, on the south side of the North Kent Line railway tracks.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Shepherd Market Shepherd Market was described by Arthur Bingham Walkley in 1925 as one of the oddest incongruities in London.

THE STREETS OF MAYFAIR
Adams Row, W1K On the Grosvenor estate, Adams Row extends from South Audley Street to Carlos Place.
Aldford Street, W1K Aldford Street is named after Aldford, a property on the Grosvenor family’s Cheshire estates.
Archibald Mews, W1J Archibald Mews was formerly John Court, after local landowner John, Lord Berkeley.
Audley Square, W1K Audley Square is named after Hugh Audley.
Avery Row, W1K Avery Row was probably named after Henry Avery, an 18th century bricklayer who built this street over the Tyburn Brook.
Balderton Flats, W1K Balderton Flats is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Balderton Street, W1K Balderton Street was named after local landowners the Grosvenors, who also owned land in Balderton, Cheshire
Balfour Mews, W1K Balfour Mews is the southern extention of Balfour Place.
Balfour Place, W1K Balfour Place honours Eustace Balfour, surveyor for the Grosvenor estate from 1890 to 1910.
Berkeley Square, W1J Berkeley Square was originally laid out in the mid 18th century by architect William Kent.
Binney Street, W1K Binney Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Bourdon Place, W1J Bourdon Place is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Boyle Street, W1S Boyle Street was built on a piece of land called the Ten Acres to discharge some Boyle family debts.
Brick Street, W1J Brick Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Brook Street, W1K Brook Street was named after the Tyburn Brook that formerly ran nearby,
Brooks Mews, W1K Brooks Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Brown Hart Gardens, W1K Brown Hart Gardens is a road in the W1K postcode area
Bruton Place, W1J Bruton Place is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Carlos Place, W1 Carlos Place is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Carrington Street, W1J Carrington Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Charles Street, W1J Charles Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Chesterfield Gardens, W1J Chesterfield Gardens is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Chesterfield Street, W1J Chesterfield Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Clarges Mews, W1J Clarges Mews is a road in the W1J postcode area
Clifford Street, W1S Clifford Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Coach And Horses Yard, W1S Coach And Horses Yard is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Conduit Street, W1S Conduit Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Cork Street, W1S Cork Street, on the Burlington Estate, was named after Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork.
Culross Street, W1K Culross Street is a road in the W1K postcode area
Curzon Square, W1K Curzon Square is a road in the W1K postcode area
Curzon Street, W1J Curzon Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Davies Street, W1K Davies Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Davis Street, W1K Davis Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Deanery Street, W1K Deanery Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Derby Street, W1J Derby Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Dorchester Ride, W1K Dorchester Ride is a road in the W1K postcode area
Down Street Mews, W1J Down Street Mews is a largely hidden side street in Mayfair.
Down Street, W1J Down Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Duke Street, W1K Duke Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Farm Street, W1J Farm Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Fitzmaurice Place, W1J Fitzmaurice Place is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Gilbert Street, W1K Gilbert Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Green Street, W1K Green Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Grosvenor Hill, W1K Grosvenor Hill is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Grosvenor Square, W1K Grosvenor Square is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Grosvenor Square, W1K Grosvenor Square was developed by Sir Richard Grosvenor from 1721 onwards.
Grosvenor Street, W1K Grosvenor Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Half Moon Street, W1J Half Moon Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Hamilton Mews, W1J Hamilton Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Hamilton Place, W1J Hamilton Place lies just to the north of Hyde Park Corner.
Hanover Square, W1S Hanover Square was created as the ’Whig’ square with Cavendish Square being the ’Tory’ square.
Hanover Street, W1S Hanover Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Harewood Place, W1C Harewood Place is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Hay’s Mews, W1J This is a street in the W1J postcode area
Heddon Street, W1B Heddon Street is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Hertford Street, W1J Hertford Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Hill Street, W1J Hill Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
International House, W1S Residential block
Jones Street, W1K Jones Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Lancashire Court, W1K Lancashire Court is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Lees Place, W1K Lees Place is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Lovers’ Walk, W1K Lovers’ Walk is a road in the W1K postcode area
Lumley Street, W1K Lumley Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Lumley Street, W1K Lumley Street is a road in the W1C postcode area
Maddox Street, W1S Maddox Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Market Mews, W1J Market Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Mason’s Arms Mews, W1S Mason’s Arms Mews is a road in the W1S postcode area
Mayfair Mews, W1K A street within the W1S postcode
Mews Yard, W1K Mews Yard is a road in the WC2H postcode area
Mill Street, W1S Mill Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Mount Row, W1K Mount Row was formed from two stable yards.
Mount Street Mews, W1 Mount Street Mews is a road in the W1K postcode area
Mount Street, W1K Mount Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Mount Street, W1K Mount Street is a road in the W1 postcode area
New Bond Street, W1J New Bond Street is the northernmost section of what is simply known as ’Bond Street’ in general use.
New Burlington Place, W1S New Burlington Place is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
New Burlington Street, W1B New Burlington Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
North Audley Street, W1K North Audley Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Old Park Lane, W1J Old Park Lane is a road in the W1J postcode area
Oxford Street, W1C This is a street in the W1A postcode area
Oxford Street, W1K Oxford Street is Europe’s busiest shopping street, with around half a million daily visitors, and as of 2012 had approximately 300 shops.
Park Lane, W1K Park Lane is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Park Lane, W1K Park Lane is a road in the W1J postcode area
Park Street, W1K Park Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Park Towers, W1J Park Towers is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Pitt’s Head Mews, W1K Pitt’s Head Mews is a road in the W1J postcode area
Policeman’s Walk, W2 Policeman’s Walk is a road in the W2 postcode area
Pollen Street, W1S Pollen Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Providence Court, W1K This is a street in the W1K postcode area
Queen Street, W1J Queen Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Red Lion Yard, W1J Red Lion Yard is a road in the W1K postcode area
Reeves Mews, W1K Reeves Mews is a road in the W1K postcode area
Rex Place, W1K Rex Place is a road in the W1K postcode area
Sackville Street, W1S Sackville Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Savile Row, W1S Savile Row is known worldwide for gentlemen’s tailoring.
Shepherd Market, W1J Shepherd Market was developed between 1735 and 1746 by Edward Shepherd from an open area called Brook Field
Shepherd Street, W1J Shepherd Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Shepherds Place, W1K Shepherds Place is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
South Audley Street, W1K South Audley Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
South Street, W1K South Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
St George Street, W1S St George Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
St Georges Square, W1S St Georges Square is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
St. Anselm’s Place, W1K St. Anselm’s Place is a road in the W1K postcode area
Stanhope Gate, W1K Stanhope Gate is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Stanhope Row, W1J Stanhope Row is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Tenterden Street, W1S Tenterden Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Three Kings’ Yard, W1K This is a street in the W1K postcode area
Tilney Street, W1K Tilney Street is a road in the W1K postcode area
Trebeck Street, W1J Trebeck Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Upper Brook Street, W1K Upper Brook Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Upper Grosvenor Street, W1K Upper Grosvenor Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Vigo Street, W1S Vigo Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Waverton Street, W1J Waverton Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Weighhouse Street, W1K Weighhouse Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
West One Shopping Centre, W1C West One Shopping Centre is one of the streets of London in the W1C postal area.
Woods Mews, W1K Woods Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.

THE PUBS OF MAYFAIR
Barley Mow This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Burger & Lobster This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Drama This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Finos Wine Cellar This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Iron Duke This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Kings Arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Maddox Club And Restaurant This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Market Tavern This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Masons Arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
North Audley Canteen This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Rose & Crown This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Running Footman This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Shepherds Tavern This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Slug & Lettuce This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Audley This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Burlington Arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Guinea This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Windmill This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Ye Grapes This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.




LOCAL PHOTOS
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Montagu House, Portman Square
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Portman Square, W1H
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In the neighbourhood...

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Exterior of the memorial in 2013.
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Street view of St George’s Hanover Square (1787). An aquatint, by T. Malton.
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Hyde Park Corner in 1842, looking east towards Piccadilly. The entrance to Hyde Park through Decimus Burton’s Ionic Screen is on the left, and behind it, in darker stone, is Apsley House.
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Jason Court W1
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Portman Square, W1H
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The distinctive Leslie Green red tiling of the former Down Street station frames the entrance to a mews which predates the station - Down Street Mews.
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