Mayfair is one of the most exclusive areas in London. Coming from quite a quaint beginning (it was named after an annual May fair that was held in one of its markets); it has come to be known as the place where the wealthiest in the city spend their time.
While a lot of Mayfair is now commercial, containing many corporate buildings, there are a number of residential buildings in the area, and rental costs are some of the highest in the world. It is really known for the hotels and restaurants it houses, which are among the most exclusive in London. Executive car hire is available in Mayfair if you want to travel around in style.
The Queen herself lived in Mayfair in her early years, and it has been home to Prime Ministers and prominent businessmen. The British version of the famous board game Monopoly has Mayfair as the most expensive piece of property on the board.
Saville Row can be found in Mayfair, where the most exclusive suits can be bought bespoke. And arguably, Saville Row as a street pretty much sums up Mayfair's appeal. It's slap bang in the middle of London, with Soho and Knightsbridge nearby, and has a sophisticated, wealthy ambience.
The Handel House museum is found here, as is The Wallace Collection, which houses some of the world's finest decorative arts. The work of Eighteenth century masters can be found here, as can furniture and arms and armour, all spread across twenty-five galleries.
It also contains the royal Academy of Music and the London School of Economics.