Mayfair has always been one of London’s most sought after post codes, but over recent years the look and feel…and crucially the character has changed quite dramatically.
Mayfair has undergone a major cash injection with a comprehensive transformation, notably targeting the areas of Mount Street and Shepherd Market. These areas have been turned into chic modern enclaves boasting designer names, bespoke retailers and all things beautiful and luxurious with a village atmosphere away from the frenetic West End.
Richard Caring, no stranger to Mayfair, spent more than £15m on his latest restaurant venture, Sexy Fish, turning the former Natwest bank building on the corner of Berkeley Square into a feast for the eyes . The restaurant is certainly sufficiently ‘bling’ to attract a string of celebrities, Russian oligarchs and bankers’ wives who lunch. The extravagant interiors include a golden ceiling, an Iranian floor, works of art that include a sparkling crocodile by Frank Gehry and a Damien Hirst mermaid and one of the largest fish tanks lining the walls of the private dining room in the basement.
Across the square long established Annabel’s nightclub continues to attract devotees, as do the discerning Scotts and Harry’s Bar.
Property in Mayfair
Until recently property transactions in Mayfair would typically be very much ‘under the radar’ – individual units in mansion blocks or big house sales with no significant developments to speak of. That has changed with Finchatton’s high profile Grosvenor Square development , which is achieving as much as £6000 per square foot, and John Caudwell’s plans to transform the multi storey carpark in Audley Street into one of London’s most exciting residential developments.