It was here in Mayfair, that adjectives such as gracious elegant sophisticated and sublime trip off the tongue like coins into a parking meter. Tyne O’Connell
Did you know that the Egyptian sculpture above the door of Sotheby’s in Mayfair is the oldest man-made object in London dating from 1600 BC? The little black artefact is carved from igneous rock. Some believe it to be still older – perhaps dating back 5000 years.
Mayfair is one of those areas in London that breathes luxury and elegance in equal measure, full of some of the capitals most treasured restaurants and famous art dealers. You will find yourself traversing the streets of Mayfair, with its private townhouses soaring above your head, amongst the hustle and bustle of London’s most well turned out professionals. It is quite easily to get lost amongst the winding roads, all very similar in character and appearance. How often do we walk with our eyes to the floor, missing hidden details on the streets – you wouldn’t find that Egyptian sculpture easily unless you went looking for it. They say it is vital to stare up in London to ensure you witness the abundance of architectural splendor.
Thankfully there are many beautiful treats in the area that are easy to spot. Mayfair has some of the most spectacular, luxury hotels and venues in London. It is a fantastic place to host any event, bringing a sense of charm, long-standing heritage and elegance to experiences.
Our top 10 favourite Mayfair venues to hire:
1. Saville Club, W1K 4ER
One of the most notorious members’ clubs, the Saville Club has played host to some of history’s most famous literary names including Robert Louis Stevenson, HG Wells, Rudyard Kipling and Yeats, whilst enjoying the musical delights of William Walton and Edward Elgar. This is a venue reaped in British history, offering event spaces including the famous ballroom adorned with a lighthearted manifestation of Louis XVI. This venue is ideal for private parties and for couples who are considering intimate, prestigious weddings venues in Mayfair.
Address: 69 Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4ER
2. Dartmouth House, W1J 5ED
Dartmouth House is a venue of national importance, once famous for its collection of Louis IV furniture and object d’art, through to the residence of Lord Dartmouth (6th Earl of Dartmouth) until the war, and more presently as the premises of the English-speaking Union. This venue can accommodate both private and corporate events within its intimate rooms, offering privacy and a great sense of occasion, at one of London’s most respected addresses.
Address: 37 Charles St, Mayfair, London W1J 5ED
3. The Dorchester, W1K 1QA
The Dorchester is one of the world’s most cherished hotels, known for its association with the royals, celebrities and important figures of historic significance. The venue itself has charming resplendent interiors, with art deco period features running throughout. The ballroom at the hotel is considered one of the prettiest in London and the facilities within the hotel continue to surpass guests’ expectations on every visit.
Address: Park Lane, London W1K 1QA
4. Royal Academy of Arts, W1J 0BD
The Royal Academy of Arts is one of London’s most cherished venues, housing some of our greatest artistic treasures, regularly showcasing the most respected exhibitions. Burlington House, situated on Burlington Gardens is an elegant venue space that can be hired in conjunction with the Royal Academy of Arts.
Adress: Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD
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5. Sketch, W1S 2XG
Sketch is a venue like no other, centered on a myriad of food, drink and entertainment, curated by the culinary genius Gagnaire. Opened since 2002, Sketch has been known as the go-to place for innovative entertaining, often pioneering new ways of thinking about evening hospitality. The cocktails are to die for!
Address: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG
6. The Connaught, W1K 2AL
At the heart of Mayfair lies The Connaught Hotel, a venue reaped in English charm and refined elegance. Built by The Prince of Saxe-Coburg, the original hotel opened as an offshoot of Grillon’s Hotel, owned by the Duke of Westminster. Known for its association with many royals and the famous tenure of Michel Bourdin, Head Chef for 26 years, this hotel will always be one of London’s most cherished.
Address: Carlos Pl, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL
7. Sexy Fish, W1J 6BR
Mayfair’s newest venue and the place to be seen at is Sexy Fish, the latest addition to the Caprice Holdings portfolio. Designed by Martin Brudnizki Studio and adorned with artwork from the likes of Damien Hirst, this glamorous venue has a mid-century feel to it. The menu and extensive cocktail list, including the world’s biggest Japanese whisky collection, can be explored at the venue. Book fast as this venue is hot!
Address: Berkeley Square House, Mayfair, W1J 6BR
8. One Mayfair
Opulent grandeur awaits you at One Mayfair, punctured in the Greek Revival style with a charm that rivals any venue in London. This spectacular space is perfectly located in the sophisticated area of Mayfair, placed as a hidden gem a stone throw from vibrant Oxford Street. This magnificent venue is full of character, historic elegance and has a range of spaces to offer truly unique experiences.
Address: 13A N Audley St, Mayfair, W1K 6ZA
9. Ham Yard Hotel
London’s new kid on the block is the Ham Yard Hotel, a contemporary and very elegant option that offers a range of spaces, beautifully dressed with interesting interiors. This hotel comes with an array of exciting facilities, including The Croc Bowling Alley and their very own theatre. It’s an incredibly exciting venue full of character and charm, situated in the vibrant area of Soho.
Address: 1 Ham Yard, Soho, W1D 7DT
Claridge’s Hotel has a history spanning 1800 to the present day and is famous for its elegance, premium service and historical significance. As a popular destination for royalty, heads of state and socialites, this hotel is riddled with character and luxury. Known for its impeccable standards, you can ensure that an experience at Claridge’s will be truly spectacular, perfectly serviced and at all times in fashion. The ideal venue to organise a fairytale wedding in the heart of the city!
Address: Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR