“The champagne and caviar of London Walks.” The best address in London and a bon vivant of a guide. A patrician promenade through the parallelogram of purses. Pip pipping where Old Masters and old money, Rollers and Rolexes are par for the course. A boulevardier and a bailiwick of butlers, titles and glamour. Hob-nobbing with knobs on it – because Mayfair’s been home to Clive of India, Disraeli, Handel, Florence Nightingale, Jimi Hendrix, Dodi Fayed and the Earl Mountbatten, to name but a few. And that’s before we move in the big artillery – the cartwheeling knickerless American actress and the $10,000,000 casket, for example. Last but certainly not least, Mayfair boasts London’s best village within a village – Shepherd Market, a charming little nest of lanes and alleyways that hasn’t lost a jot of its 18th-century scale and village atmosphere, let alone its raffishness. Guided by Peter or Richard III.
OLD MAYFAIR – THE PRACTICALS
Old Mayfair takes place every* Thursday at 10.45 am. Year round.
*Except Dec. 26
In the Summer London Walks programme – which kicks in on May 1 and runs through October 31 – Old Mayfair also takes place every Monday at 10.45 am.
N.B. the Mayfair walk ends in New Bond Street, near Bond StreetTube and Oxford CircusTube.