Once all the medals have been handed out, and the Olympic Champions have all left for home, we encourage you to choose a week or two and head to London! We guarantee you will not be bored! We want to share some of our favorite discoveries with you. Part I is the first in a series entitled “Best of London”. These are all interesting areas that we easily walked to from one of the lovely hotels located in Mayfair. (See our Review of Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel for a recommendation http://www.newjetsetters.com/portfolioentry/the-chesterfield-mayfair-a-new-jetsetters-review/).
Simply strolling the Mayfair streets is a walk down history lane. Named back in the 1600’s for the annual two-week long May Fair which took place in “Shepherd Market” even then was a district populated by the well-to-do and very well connected; so the roughhousing and revelry that took place was not welcomed by the upper crust. Celebrations were moved on to the Fair Field district, leaving “Mayfair District” to the aquiline-nosed, powder-wigged men and carefully corset-bound ladies of the British elite.
Mayfair continued to foster its haute monde proclivities in the 17th & 18th century, with residents such as the Duke of Westminster, the Grosvenor’s and the Rothschild’s putting down very deep, moneyed roots. They invested in grand statues, bubbling fountains & lush flower displays for their parks, and delighted in wide, clean streets filled with shops in which to spend their money and stroll past in their finery.
While it has lost some of the snooty air which it must have emanated in it’s hey day, Mayfair remains a place to see, and to be seen by, the finer side of life.
There's much more to the story of Mayfair, and some great photo's too. Please come visit our Exploring the World in Pictures Best of London Series here: http://www.newjetsetters.com/new-jetsetters-best-of-london-part-1-marvellous-mayfair/