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The name of this district comes from the annual fair that was held in the area each May until the 1760s when the residents objected to the fair on the grounds that it lowered the reputation of the neighbourhood.
Mayfair is now one of London's wealthiest districts (rivalling Belgravia) and it is here that you will find the elegant mansions and tranquil green squares of the rich and famous. You can only afford to live in Mayfair if you have serious money!
Two of the best known areas of Mayfair are Berkeley Square where the famous nightingale sang, and Grosvenor Square which is often nicknamed 'little America' on account of the US Embassy and statue of Franklin D. Roosevelt that are situated there. Mayfair is also where some of London's most prestigious hotels are situated.
The area also has lots of exclusive commercial connections. Savile Row is synonymous with expensive men's tailoring and the infamous firm Gieves and Hawkes can be found here. Bond Street is equally well known for its expensive shops selling clothing, jewellery, art and antiques. Bond Street is also where some of London's most famous auction houses, such as Sotherby's, Christie's and Phillips, are located.
Mayfair is situated to the east of Hyde Park and extends from Oxford Street in the north to Piccadilly in the south and from Park Lane in the west to Regent Street in the east. Although it is not technically part of the West End district, Mayfair is often included under the broad banner of the West End label.
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