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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 on the Monopoly board
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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Aldford Street, W1K Aldford Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Archibald Mews, W1K Archibald Mews is a road in the W1K postcode area
Audley Square, W1K Audley Square is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Balfour Mews, W1K Balfour Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Balfour Place, W1K Balfour Place is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Barlow Place, W1J This is a street in the W1J postcode area
Berkeley Square, W1J Berkeley Square was originally laid out in the mid 18th century by architect William Kent.
Bourdon Place, W1K Bourdon Place is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Bourdon Street, W1K Bourdon Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Brick Street, W1J Brick Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Brooks Mews, W1K Brooks Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Bruton Place, W1J Bruton Place is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Bruton Street, W1J Bruton Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Carlos Place, W1K 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
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.
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, W1J Down Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Farm Street, W1J Farm Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Farringdon Street, W1S Farringdon Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Fitzmaurice Place, W1J Fitzmaurice Place is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Grosvenor Hill, W1K Grosvenor Hill is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Grosvenor Square, W1A Grosvenor Square was developed by Sir Richard Grosvenor from 1721 onwards.
Grosvenor Square, W1K Grosvenor Square is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
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.
Hay’s Mews, W1J This is a street in the W1J postcode area
Hays Mews, W1J Hays Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1J 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.
Lovers’ Walk, W1K Lovers’ Walk is a road in the W1K postcode area
Market Mews, W1J Market Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Mount Row, W1K Mount Row was formed from two stable yards.
Mount Street Mews, W1K Mount Street Mews is a road in the W1K postcode area
Mount Street, W1 Mount Street is a road in the W1 postcode area
Mount Street, W1K Mount Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
New Burlington Mews, W1B New Burlington Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Old Park Lane, W1J Old Park Lane is a road in the W1J postcode area
Park Towers, W1J Park Towers is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Piccadilly, W1S Piccadilly is one of the main London streets.
Pitt’s Head Mews, W1J Pitt’s Head Mews is a road in the W1J postcode area
Queen Street, W1J Queen Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Red Lion Yard, W1K 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
White Horse Street, W1J White Horse Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.



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VIEW THE MAYFAIR AREA IN THE 1750s
The 1750 Rocque map is bounded by Sudbury (NW), Snaresbrook (NE), Eltham (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
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VIEW THE MAYFAIR AREA IN THE 1800s
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VIEW THE MAYFAIR AREA IN THE 1830s
The 1830 mapping is bounded by West Hampstead (NW), Hackney (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Chelsea (SW).
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VIEW THE MAYFAIR AREA IN THE 1860s
The 1860 mapping is bounded by Brent Cross (NW), Stratford (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Hammermith (SW).
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VIEW THE MAYFAIR AREA IN THE 1900s
The 1900 mapping covers all of the London area.

 

Mayfair

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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