THINGS TO DO IN MAYFAIR
THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS
Founded in 1768, the Royal Academy is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain. It is universally renowned for hosting some of the capital's finest temporary and touring exhibitions. Its annual Summer Exhibition, running since the institution first opened, displays select work from up and coming artists and by academicians.
The ancestral home of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Spencer family hasn’t lived in this, their London residence, since 1926. Following a 10-year refurbishment on the 18th century Palladian mansion, the building has now been restored to reflect its former splendour and is open to the public by guided tour.
This bastion of British free public speech and free assembly can prove one of the most absorbingly unique, theatrical activities the city has to offer. Located on the corner of Park Lane and Cumberland Gate, opposite Marble Arch tube, Speakers' Corner is the spiritual home of the British democratic tradition of soapbox oratory.
HANDEL AND HENDRIX
Home to George Frideric Handel from 1723 until his death in 1759. It was here that Handel composed 'Messiah', 'Zadok the Priest' and 'Music for the Royal Fireworks'.
The adjoining house, number 23, was Jimi Hendrix’s London home and now open to visit. His bedroom has been carefully restored to hark back to 1969, the time when he occupied the flat, and there will also be a permanent Hendrix exhibition.
The home of the Queen Mother from 1953 to 2002, a tour of Clarence House is an excellent way of experiencing the living history of the British Royal Family.
A covered shopping arcade that runs behind Bond Street through to Burlington Gardens. It is one of the precursors of the mid-19th-century European shopping gallery and the modern shopping centre.
FORTNUM & MASONS
The ultimate destination for unique gifts such as hampers, elegant wines and spirits, famous teas and coffees, plus much more.
Be amazed by the glittering interiors of the grandest address in the capital, once known as 'Number 1 London'. This beautiful Georgian building was the London home of the first Duke of Wellington and has changed very little since his great victory at Waterloo in 1815.
A peaceful triangle of mature trees and grasslands offering a quiet retreat from city life scattered with deckchair and views of regal local neighbours.
Over 350 acres in Central London, one of the largest and grandest of London’s Royal Parks. Boating, swimming, tennis, lawn bowls, a playground, horse riding and two restaurants are available.