Next time the sun’s out, make the most of it with these fun ways to explore Mayfair and Belgravia’s outdoor spaces.
Both Mayfair and Belgravia offer walking tours where those fond of a constitutional can stretch their legs while also learning the history of the areas.
The Belgravia tour guides participants from Sloane Square into Cliveden and around Eaton Square, uncovering the beautiful architecture of the area and highlighting properties once inhabited by notable figures such as Mozart and creator of James Bond, Ian Fleming.
The Mayfair walking tour offers an equally informative jaunt, beginning at Marble Arch and carrying on into Grosvenor Square and Brown Hart Gardens. Steeped in history, the area was a hub for the commerce industry in the 19th century, while it was also a popular location for embassies and diplomatic residences.
Having built up an appetite with all of that walking, why not reward yourself by trying out one of the many al fresco dining options available in Mayfair and Belgravia?
Enjoy an authentic Italian pizza in the garden of Delfino on Mount Street or, for a more formal affair, book an outside table further up the street at private members’ club George, where diners can choose from British and international menus.
If it’s a light bite you’re after, why not venture to Daylesford on Pimlico Road where you can grab a takeaway organic coffee and cake to enjoy in a local park, or grab a seat out the front of the café if you can’t wait to tuck in.
Rather than suffering through a soggy sandwich at your desk, why not take a proper break and stroll around the Mayfair Market, open every Wednesday from 11am to 3pm at Brown Hart Gardens. Stalls offer an array of sweet and savoury snacks created by budding food business start-ups. If you’re lucky enough to be on holiday, once you’ve filled your boots, consider stopping by boutiques on Duke Street to make a day of it.
From statues of famous former residents to abstract sculptures, the streets of Mayfair and Belgravia have something to please the eye of even the keenest art lover.
Outside the Gagosian Gallery on Grosvenor Hill, you can spot figurative artist Neal French’s bronze statues, which recreate a scene in which the model Twiggy is photographed as a passing shopper looks on. Other outdoor works include Antony Gormley’s ROOM sculpture, installed as a striking extension to the Beaumont hotel.