Guide to Renting Property in Mayfair

Renting property in Mayfair, London W1

If you are looking to rent property in Mayfair, London W1, please contact us here or view properties to rent in Mayfair currently available on our website. As London's largest private landlord, Residential Land offers over 1200 flats to rent in central London locations. Besides making sure that our tenants have an enjoyable and stress free experience when renting a Mayfair property from us, Residential Land is able to provide flexible rental terms and no agency fees and a fast, reliable letting and 24 hour maintenance service. Read more about our lettings services.

Why rent a Mayfair property?

Mayfair is centrally located in the City of Westminster and, like its reputation on the Monopoly board, is one of the most expensive locations in London.

While retaining a strong local community feel and considered to be one of London's most attractive 'villages', Mayfair has an astounding quantity of residential property as well as exclusive shops, world class restaurants and London's largest concentration of luxury hotels.

All of this makes renting a Mayfair property the perfect choice when looking for a home in a vibrant, lively centrally located area in London.

Property in Mayfair

Originally urbanised in the 18th century many of the properties in Mayfair date from the Georgian period, although the famous terracotta buildings in and around Mount Street arrived in the 19th century when the second extensive building programme was carried out. Many of these Mayfair properties are still available to rent today, for example, Residential Land's Grosvenor Hill which offers a variety of rental property in Mayfair. Set within the heart of Mayfair, close to Berkeley Square and Burlington Arcade, Grovenor Hill apartments are surrounded by gorgeous Grade I and Grade II listed buildings and an abundance of townhouses from both periods, some of which remain intact.

You will also find a number of purpose-built apartment buildings dating from the end of the 19th century to the present day. Hill Street for instance is a beautiful Art Deco apartment block in Mayfair comprising a selection of studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments offering the best in contemporary living accommodation and five-star services, including lift to all floors and an on-site building manager.

Today, the Mayfair district is primarily commercial with many of the mansion houses having being converted into offices. Mayfair is also home to some of the most luxurious and famous hotels in the country. Famous buildings in Mayfair include the United States embassy in Grosvenor Square, the Royal Academy of Arts, The Handel House Museum, the Grosvenor House Hotel, Claridge's and The Dorchester.

Transport links in Mayfair

Mayfair is centrally located with a choice of public transport allowing for easy access to any part of the city. London underground stations in Mayfair include Bond Street which is served by the Jubilee and Central lines, and Green Park served by the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.

Regular bus services run from Park Lane, Piccadilly, Oxford Street and Regent Street connecting Mayfair with the rest of the City.

Grosvenor Hill

9-10 Grosvenor Hill W1

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Hill Street

39 Hill Street W1

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Duke Street

65 Duke Street W1

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Green Street

62 Green Street W1

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History of Mayfair

Every year between 1686 and 1764 a May fair was held in an area now known as Shepherd Market. This is where the name Mayfair comes from. The land now known as the Grosvenor Estate of Mayfair and which occupies the northern part of modern day Mayfair came into the hands of the Grosvenor family in 1677 as the dowry of Mary Davies when she married Sir Thomas Grosvenor. After the development of the estate's land in the 1720s the site became known as the Grosvenor Estate as it is still known today, whilst the south of the district, including Berkeley Square, is known as the Berkeley Estate.

Prior to the Second World War, Mayfair was London's premier residential address; however heavy bombing in the City forced a large number of businesses to relocate to Mayfair and convert these residential properties into commercial premises and they remained this way until the mid 1990s when many of them were converted back to residential use and once again Mayfair has become London's most exclusive address.

Attractions in Mayfair

Animals at War Memorial

A moving tribute to the millions of animals who have been killed in war, this memorial depicting life-size bronze statues of two pack mules, a horse and a dog walking through a curved Portland stone wall, was unveiled in November 2004. The wall shows bas relief images of all the animals that have served in war, everything from glow worms to elephants and was designed by David Backhouse and funded by voluntary donations.

Berkeley Square

In 1636, Lord Berkeley of Stratton sold his house in Piccadilly to the Duke of Devonshire and in doing so agreed that the northward view would remain protected from any future building development. This agreement lead to the creation of a garden square, now Berkeley Square, in the first part of the 18th Century. Although the design of the square has now changed, it continues to be a quiet and restful place away from the bustle of the surrounding area.

Jimi Hendrix Apartment

Between 1968 and 1969, the upper floors of 23 Brook Street were occupied by the American musician Jimi Hendrix. Now identified by the blue plaque that commemorates when Jimi and his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham resided in the house, the apartment has since been integrated into the Handel House Museum which is located next door and is currently used as a changing exhibitions and events space.

Savile Row

The buildings on Savile Row were constructed in the early 1700s when the decision was taken to create the Burlington Estate which encompasses the street and surrounding area. Today, Savile Row is world famous for the very best in bespoke traditional English men's tailoring which is on offer in the many shops located on the street. The tailors have developed their reputations since the late 18th century and it is possible for them to produce almost any item of clothing in virtually any type of material.

Shopping in Mayfair

Think of shopping in Mayfair and people invariably think of Bond Street which is home to the most elegant and expensive shops in London. Designer clothing stores such as Gucci and Armani, and perfume, art and antiques shops are in abundance. There are more Royal Warrant holders (suppliers to the royal family) on Bond Street than anywhere else in London. New Bond Street is a few minutes walk along South Molton Street to Bond Street tube station. Old Bond Street is the short section at the Southern end which joins with Piccadilly.

Restaurants in Mayfair

Nobu

This Michilin star restaurant owned by Academy Award winner, Robert de Niro, is a Japanese restaurant located on the first floor of the Metropolitan Hotel. Both its cuisine and decor are chic and it attracts many famous clientele. Nobu has an extensive wine list and service is formal yet friendly.

Scotts

A glamorous fish and seafood restaurant Scotts in Mount Street, Mayfair, offers a Martin Brudnizki interior that is as outstanding as the broad menu on offer which features the very best seasonal, responsibly sourced fish and crustacea, as well as game when in season. Oysters are a specialty and feature heavily on Scotts elegant Oyster and Champagne Bar.

Gordon Ramsay at Claridges

This Michelin star restaurant is one of the jewels in Gordon Ramsay's crown. It maintains its reputation for seamless service by having CCTV cameras in the dining room whilst the famous chef and excellent French food mean you will have to book well in advance.

Kai of Mayfair

Serving a lunch and dinner menu of Chinese dishes, Kai Of Mayfair offers a dining experience to remember in its exclusive and opulent Oriental restaurant. In 2009, Kai of Mayfair was the only Chinese restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star.

Ready to find your rental property in Mayfair? Get in touch with our Mayfair lettings team, we'll be happy to answer any questions related to renting through Residential Land and show you our available apartments in Mayfair and London W1.

Grosvenor Hill

9-10 Grosvenor Hill W1

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Hill Street

39 Hill Street W1

Hill Street

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Duke Street

65 Duke Street W1

Duke Street

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Green Street

62 Green Street W1

Green Street

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