An insider’s guide to Mayfair

Our whistlestop tour of London’s most exclusive district

Where to eat

This year has seen a number of stylish eateries open in Mayfair. There’s the recently opened cafe I Robert (pictured above), the latest venture from the serial restaurateur Arkady Novikov, which serves a delectable selection of authentic Italian and Spanish fare: don’t miss the signature dish of tagliolini with rabbit ragout, or come with a group of friends and share a plate of charcuterie. Then there’s the high-end Greek seafood spot Estiatorio Milos, which has opened its first ever UK branch on London’s Regent Street; Sackville’s, which specialises in meat truffle-based dishes (the wagyu beef burger with foie gras is a must); and Kurt Zdesar’s newest opening, Bouillabaisse, whose brasserie-style interior is as memorable as its top-class fish dishes (read our full review here).

I Robert, 54 Curzon Street, London W1; Estiatorio Milos, 1 Regent Street, London SW1; Sackville’s, 8a Sackville Street, London W1; Bouillabaisse, 4 Mill Street, London W1

Where to drink

Mayfair’s hidden gem for cocktail aficionados is Mr Fogg’s, an opulently decorated venue themed around the eccentric British adventurer with a menu that includes surprises such as the Hot Air Balloon cocktail (pictured above). Also worth a visit is the Luggage Room, an intimate space tucked away on the corner of Grosvenor Square whose atmosphere recalls the decadence of the 1920s; try the Gin Punch à la Terrington, made from gin blended with green Chartreuse, aromatic bitters, home-made lemon sherbet and lemon juice. If old-school glamour is more your scene, stop by the Rivoli Bar at the Ritz for champagne and cocktails in elegant art-deco surroundings.

Mr Fogg’s, 15 Bruton Lane, London W1; The Luggage Room, Grosvenor Square, London W1; The Rivoli Bar, The Ritz, 150 Piccadilly, London W1

Where to shop

For a stunning array of artisanal pieces, head to William & Son’s recently opened boutique (pictured above) on Bruton Street, which stocks a gorgeous selection of homeware – from glass and crystal to soft furnishings – alongside fashion, accessories and, of course, beautifully crafted guns. A few doors away is the Miller Harris store, a haven of scents by the classic London perfumer; while you’re in the area, pop in to the East India Company shop to pick up gourmet gifts such as flowering teas, artisan preserves and deliciously spiced chocolate. Finally, wander over to Burlington Arcade for a shopper’s paradise, with luxury brands such as Chanel, La Perla, Eres and Editions de Parfum Frederic Malle all represented (take a video tour of the Arcade here).

William & Son, 34–36 Bruton Street, London W1; Miller Harris, 21 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London W1; The East India Company, 7 Conduit St, London W1; Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly, London W1

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