Private Walking Tour of Mayfair, London's famous aristocratic village

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Duration - 150 to 180 minutes

CHF 181 p.p. onwards

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Greater London, United Kingdom

Just 300 years ago, Mayfair was no more than a muddy field.  This walk charts its progress from its early days as a playground for the aristocracy to today's comfortable mix of luxurious mansions, exclusive shops and enchanting parks and squares.  As you wander along some of London's most fashionable streets, passing houses occupied by Royalty and the aristocracy, you can marvel at the architecture and be amazed at the beautiful glass and china on display in one of Mayfair's most celebrated shops dating back to the mid-1800s.  Discover how Mayfair used to be one of London's most notorious red light districts and find out its sordid secrets.  This tour tells tales of Mayfair's highs and lows, of the characters who called it home and of the celebrities whose antics are enough to light up any tour.

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10:00

CHF 181
p.p. onwards

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER England

It's hard to believe looking at this sophisticated store nowadays but Fortnum and Mason's started life as a market stall! William Fortnum worked as a Footman for Queen Anne of 'Favourite' fame and took the half used Royal candles to sell on his house mates market stall and there began the entrepreneurial business - we'll do a quick turn around the ground floor of this magnificent store which will leave you wanting to return for certain!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House Piccadilly Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD England

If the original owners of this property, the Earls of Burlington, could see their home today, they wouldn't recognise it! Since it was built in the 1660s, at least 9 architects have worked on it to make it the glamorous home of the Royal Academy. We'll stop here for about 10 minutes whilst I fill you in on what happened to the buildings between then and now.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly, London W1J 0QJ England

This arcade has just celebrated its 200 year anniversary - it was originally built by George Cavendish, one of the Earls of Burlington, so that his wife and her aristocratic friends would have somewhere to shop without being pestered by beggars! It also stopped all and sundry from tossing rubbish over his garden wall because, of course, he lived in Burlington House next door! A pleasant 10 minute stroll along the arcade gives you a chance to see the arcade's guardians, the Beadles, in action and enjoy a spot of window shopping as well.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Bond Street, London England

The only road joining Piccadilly and Oxford Street, it is one of the most expensive strips of real estate in the world. As you walk the pavements, the shops certainly read like a who's who of retail! As you absorb the well known names and marvel at the window displays, we'll saunter along Old Bond Street and a part of New Bond Street for about 10 minutes before turning off to see the home of Norman Hartnell, one of fashion's most famous designers from the 1950s and 60s.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Bruton Street, Bruton St, London W1J, UK

See the site where Queen Elizabeth II was born.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Berkeley Square Gardens, London W1J 5AR England

Most famous for its nightingale singing which is probably stuff of legend, this is a square full of historical interest. From the centuries old plane trees to the grade I listed buildings around its edges, this is one of the most beautiful squares in London - and who would have thought a river runs through it too. All will be revealed as we wander between the ancient trees.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Mount Street Gardens, Mount St Mayfair, London W1K 2TH England

A tranquil oasis in the heart of a City that never stops. Its past is not quite so calm as today though - come on the tour and in the 10 minutes we'll stay in the gardens, you will find out what lies beneath your feet and what gruesome building used to grace the side of the gardens.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Shepherd Market, London W1J 7QU England

Set up in James II's reign, the market he established gave Mayfair its name. For centuries, Shepherd Market was Mayfair's much visited red light district (what else was there for the aristocracy to do!). During our 10 minute stop here you will find out its fascinating history and which MP lost his reputation here!

Duration: 10 minutes

Terms & conditions

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


Additional info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • When your booking is confirmed, you will receive contact details for me (Sandy), your guide on this tour. My aim is to give you, the customer, the best experience you could possibly have so if you have any special requests, be sure to let me know what they are!
  • Your comfort is my priority - if you need to stop for a coffee or a comfort break just let me know.
  • The tour will last up to 3 hours.
  • The tour will cover about 2 - 3 miles in total.
  • The tour will go ahead come rain or shine so please don't be put off by the weather. Do wear comfortable shoes and clothing. If needs be, bring waterproofs and an umbrella!
  • The tour is an outside walking tour but does include an internal stop at one of Mayfair's most unique department stores.
  • I will meet you at 10.00 a.m. under the Colonnade of the Ritz Hotel on Piccadilly.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • I am guiding family units of up to 5 only. I'll wash my hands beforehand & bring hand sanitizer for my and my customers' use. I am quadruple vaccinated.

Inclusions

  • A fun & experienced professional, local guide, accredited by the ITG & University of Westminster.

Departure time

10:00 AM


Departure point

The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR, UK


Recent reviews

johngG8682OT   17th August 2022

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Wonderful revelations! Bowled over by Sandy’s description of surroundings I’d worked in all my life and not noticed or enquired about. Routine and business as usual sometimes needs a step outside the box to appreciate values and the society in which we live and Sandy achieved this. She is exceptionally interesting and knowledgable on so many aspects we’ve not been able to stop telling our friends about. My wife and I would like to do more of her tours.

Estie H   11th July 2022

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Sandy was just wonderful. Our party of 3 learned so much about the neighborhood where we were staying. We loved the way that she mingled history with shopping and international relations. We would recommend Sandy’s tours very highly and strongly encourage anyone who is interested in one of her tours to book with her. We wished we had done the tour earlier in our visit to London so we could have taken advantage of more of her suggestions for eating and shopping! Highly recommend!

821EmmaO   7th November 2021

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Sandy is an excellent guide. My husband & our boys thoroughly enjoyed their tour of Mayfair. They haven't stopped talking about the tour since! Sandy personalised the tour to suit our boys - 13 & 9. A highlight for them were the Bentley & Ferrari car garages on Berkley Square. Sandy arranged for them to actually go inside. My husband found some of the quirky facts about the buildings fascinating. We will definitely book up another tour very soon.

U7171STsimonb   23rd October 2021

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Sandy is absolutely first class! We did a team tour and even though we are Mayfair based we have lots to learn and that we did on this tour. Insightful, fun and engaging, Sandy really does do a great job. Highly recommended.