Things to do in Mayfair

Mayfair is an affluent area of London, popular for designer shopping, bespoke tailoring, fancy restaurants, as well as being home to many famous residents past and present. Here are 7 recommended things to do in Mayfair…

Berkeley Square, Things to do in Mayfair

1. Restaurants

  • Gaucho – Argentine Steak House
Empanadas at Gaucho

The outdoor dining area of this Mayfair, Argentine restaurant is absolutely beautiful. The monochrome furnishings are screened behind smoked glass and set on astroturf, making it feel rather garden like. A quintessentially Argentine dish of empanadas seemed fitting to start. The food quality here is excellent and the service is outstanding.

  • Sakagura – Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar
Lunch Bento at Sakagura

Sakagura in Mayfair is a stylish Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar inspired by old style Japanese drinking houses. Choose from grilling food on your own personal barbecue, a hot stone experience, a lunch bento or lunch set for one. The food is first class, both in taste and presentation. It offers plenty of seating areas suitable for solo dining as well as menus for one! If you are looking to totally spoil yourself then Sakagura is a must …

2. Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason is an upmarket department store over 300 years old with a prestigious food hall and is famous for its luxury hampers. The clock on the front of the building has 4ft models of Hugh Mason and William Fortnum that come out and bow to each other every hour while music plays. This is a wonderful store to come to for browsing, shopping for unique gifts or a fancy afternoon tea.

Fortnum & Mason, Things to do in Mayfair

3. Royal Academy of Arts

Exhibitions and events are held at the Royal Academy of Arts throughout the year, a number of which are free. Organised, artist-led workshops also frequently take place with a chance to create your own work using your learned techniques afterwards.

Royal Academy of Arts - things to do in Mayfair

4. 3 Saville Row

Saville Row in Mayfair is well known for its bespoke tailoring. Number 3 is also famous for being home to the Beatles last public performance in 1969… on the rooftop!

3 Saville Row

5. Designer Shops of New Bond Street

Whether you can afford to purchase items from stores such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel or just like to window shop, New Bond Street is the place to come for designer shopping.

Designer shopping at New Bond Street

6. Burlington Arcade

An upmarket undercover arcade with shops such as Penhaligon’s and Manolo Blahnik which is patrolled by beadles. Apparently, no whistling is allowed… unless you are Paul McCartney, of course, he is exempt from the rule for life!

Burlington Arcade, Things to do in Mayfair

7. Berkeley Square Gardens

The Grade II listed gardens are an ideal place to take a breather from the shopping! Berkeley Square has been home to many famous residents in the past including The UK Prime Minister in 1827, George Canning, the co-founder of Rolls Royce, Charles Roll and Winston Churchill during his childhood. Number 50 Berkeley Square is said to be the most haunted house in London.

Home of famous residents

Suggested Further Reading:

Hotels in London – places I have stayed at alone

Restaurants in London – restaurants I have dined at solo and enjoyed

Things to do in London – activities I can recommend if you are solo

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