Mayfair is one of the most affluent districts of any city in the world. In addition to hosting an abundance of high-end residential properties, Mayfair is home to a great deal of designer shops, restaurants, and luxury hotels. Its charming hidden gems, however, are sure to take visitors by surprise.
Mayfair's prime location within the heart of London means that Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Leicester Square are all just a short stroll from The Chesterfield Mayfair.
It may come as no surprise that, over the centuries, Mayfair has been a home to many of history’s most significant figures, whether from Britain or from further afield. As you traverse the beautiful, historic streets, keep your eyes peeled for the little blue plaques that identify the notable people that made this area their home. Here are our top picks of ones to look out for.
Lord Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) – Immortalised by the commemoratory Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, Lord Nelson was one of Britain’s greatest ever naval commanders, leading the nation on to win several key battles during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. You can find Lord Horatio Nelson’s plaques at 103 and 147 New Bond Street.
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) – An icon of Victorian culture, and referred to as the 'The Lady with the Lamp' as she aided wounded soldiers at night during the Crimean War, her innovative nursing work significantly lowered death rates through the improvement of hygiene standards. You can find Florence Nightingale’s plaque at 10 South Street.
P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) – One of Britain’s most beloved comic novelists, with his works read and revered all over the world. Wodehouse’s Jeeves character is now often considered the archetypal manservant, even inspiring the name of the Ask Jeeves search engine. You can find P.G. Wodehouse’s plaque at 17 Dunraven Street.
Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) – One of the most innovative and iconic rock guitarists of all time, Hendrix spent much of the late 60s in the UK, and it was at The Samarkand Hotel, Notting Hill, that Hendrix died a tragically early death. You can find Jimi Hendrix’s plaque at 23 Brook Street.
Experience English cuisine tempered with international touches for an example of understated excellence.
This hidden gem is a both piano bar and home to some of London’s most innovative cocktails.
Things to do and see
Originally built so that Lord Cavendish’s wife could shop in a genteel manner removed from the dirty open streets of London, it is still patrolled by beadles donning top hats and frock coats today. Boasting the world’s finest jewellers, perfumers and watchbrokers, to give but a few examples, all in one place, Burlington Arcade is a true bastion of British luxury.Find out more
Green Park: Served by the Jubilee, Victoria and Piccadilly lines, this is the closest tube station to The Chesterfield Mayfair.
Hyde Park Corner: Served by the Piccadilly line.
Bond Street: Served by the Central, Jubilee and Elizabeth lines.
With the smart shops of Bond Street nearby and some of London’s most vibrant sightsExplore our location