To kickstart your morning, head to Taylor Street Baritas on Brook’s Mews, where the neighbourhood’s finest cup of coffee is made with hand-roasted Union coffee beans. From Hanover Square, head northwest to Blain|Southern’s Dering Street gallery for the finest in contemporary art. Or head south along St. George Street, past designer and writer William Morris’s former residence, before admiring the handsome architecture of St. George’s church, with its beautiful 16th century Flemish stained-glass windows. Head to Chisou on Princes Street for their peerless horenso salad, or if you’re in the mood for something more substantial, tuck into a tender, juicy steak at Goodman.
For unadulterated luxury, there are few better places to shop than Bond Street. Whether you’re seeking opulent leather gloves from Hermès, beautifully crafted jumpers from Loro Piana, or exquisitely cut suiting from Canali, Bond Street is the place to invest in a wardrobe that will satisfy and endure. Try Church’s for classic footwear, handmade in Northampton. Sotheby’s unparalleled auctions include works of art from emerging talents and renowned masters alike. As you step into the prestigious auction house’s headquarters, have a look at London’s oldest man-made artefact – an Egyptian igneous sculpture dating back to 1600BC.
Bruton Street is a microcosm for Mayfair, with world renowned destinations for eating, drinking, shopping and admiring art, all set within distinguished architecture. Sprüth Magers offers challenging contemporary art, while Maison Martin Margiela and Stella McCartney present their thoroughly modern takes on men’s and women’s wear, respectively. Discover a heady world of scent at Miller Harris, or bedeck yourself at Solange Azagury-Partridge’s fantastical jewellery boutique. If a new purchase needs altering, My Beautiful Tailor is regarded as the finest stitching off Savile Row. Recover your energies at The Burlington Arms, a traditional British pub, which offers cosy respite from the busy streets – not to mention a very respectable wine list.
Tucked just off rambunctious Regent Street, Burlington Gardens is perfect for a serene stroll. Begin in the historic Burlington Arcades, where you can browse the premium canvas and leather bags at Bill Amberg, or sniff the perfumes at Penhaligon. Sample a light-as-air macaron and Alain Milliat fruit nectar at Ladurée’s tiny café, and then head to the Hauser & Wirth gallery to see works by such luminaries as Louise Bourgeois and Martin Creed. Finally, join the cool, convivial crowd at Cecconi’s for spectacular beef carpaccio and a glass of wine.
The handsome, red-brick Arts and Craft-era buildings that line Mount Street comprise one of London’s most desirable ‘micro-villages’. From the all-day breakfast at local institution Richoux to lunch at the Mount Street Deli to the crustacean cornucopia at Scott’s, the gastrnomic offerings are more than enough to satisfy the hungriest of shoppers. As you digest, pick up cosmetics from modern-day apothecary Aesop or classic rainwear from Mackintosh. Come evening, wind down with a martini at the Connaught’s bar, a whisky at the member’s club, Alfred’s, or a Cuban cigar from Sautter. No doubt, you’ll have earned it.
South Molton Street
Meandering north on South Molton Street, Browns and Browns Focus boasts a sharply curated range of the globe’s most exciting fashion labels. Together with The Kooples, Maje and Zadig et Voltaire, even the most astute sartorialist will be impressed. Brighten a room – or a day – with an imaginative, seasonal floral arrangement from Wild Things, on Davies Street. Or, to really indulge, head to Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s for decadent food and pitch-perfect service. La Petite Maison, with its French menu and cosmopolitan ambience, offers an intimate experience; it is one of Mayfair’s true, and least-known, gems.