Mayfair is the playground of the rich. But if you play your cards right, even mere mortals like us can get our kicks on Monopoly’s priciest squares.
Eschew the overpriced brasseries designed for wining and dining clients, and instead seek out the restaurants headed up by some of the city’s best chefs. It’s home both to London’s highest density of Michelin stars, and the #1 bar on the World’s Best Bars list. And for culture vultures, there’s plenty to keep you occupied: the Royal Academy, a subversive institution with a rich history of training artists, now houses exhibitions on an epic scale within its elegant galleries. There are bookshops littered across the neighbourhood’s backstreets, Victorian arcades to browse, pocket courtyards to stumble across and even an abandoned tube station to explore. Music buffs can snoop round the houses of Handel and Jimi Hendrix, neighbours separated only by a couple of centuries.