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A Stroll Through Mayfair

Posted 06.08.15  - Culture


Richard M Exploring the area around Turnbull & Asser’s new, prestigious Davies Street store is a journey of constant surprise and new discovery. Mayfair may be old and storied, but it's far from set in its ways. The area's boutiques, galleries and restaurants all speak of an unbeatable combination of old and new; it's the perfect place for a day out.




Begin with a creamy cappuccino from Taylor St Baristas, sipped on one of their church pews. The sharp-looking café is located on sleepy Brooks Mews and has won consistent fanfare for its brews. The caffeine boost will ready you for Bond Street and its succession of exclusive boutiques, Bentleys, decadence and doormen. This is where the jet set come to play; but the area isn't just about celebrities commandeering entire shops - you will also find cutting-edge design in the leading architect-designed flagships and witness unique collections reserved only for Bond Street shoppers. Cast your eye over the Louis Vuitton 'Librarie' of British art books; revel in Bally's David Chipperfield Architects-designed store; or take a peep at Henry Moore's Draped Reclining Figure, which rests on the Peter Shepheard-designed terrace at Hermès' recently restored flagship.



After browsing Bond Street, add a shot of culture to your day and scrutinise the latest lots at Sotheby's, Christie's or Bonhams. In fact, Mayfair is home to one of the world's largest concentrations of auction houses, and accounts for some 29 per cent of the global art and antiques market. Not that it's all Picassos and porcelain around here. Mayfair is also one of London's contemporary art hubs, bursting with independent galleries. Among the best, Hauser & Wirth - head to Savile Row, off Conduit Street - is famed for its challenging installation pieces. A recent immersive experience had visitors removing their shoes and lying flat on a denim carpet. Ellor discovers the cultivated living, craftsmanship and fine fare available on the elegant streets that surround Turnbull & Asser's new store in Mayfair.




“The area's boutiques, galleries and restaurants all speak of an unbeatable combination of old and new; it's the perfect place for a day out.”





Exploring the area around Turnbull & Asser’s new, prestigious Davies Street store is a journey of constant surprise and new discovery. Mayfair may be old and storied, but it's far from set in its ways. The area's boutiques, galleries and restaurants all speak of an unbeatable combination of old and new; it's the perfect place for a day out.




Begin with a creamy cappuccino from Taylor St Baristas, sipped on one of their church pews. The sharp-looking café is located on sleepy Brooks Mews and has won consistent fanfare for its brews. The caffeine boost will ready you for Bond Street and its succession of exclusive boutiques, Bentleys, decadence and doormen. This is where the jet set come to play; but the area isn't just about celebrities commandeering entire shops - you will also find cutting-edge design in the leading architect-designed flagships and witness unique collections reserved only for Bond Street shoppers. Cast your eye over the Louis Vuitton 'Librarie' of British art books; revel in Bally's David Chipperfield Architects-designed store; or take a peep at Henry Moore's Draped Reclining Figure, which rests on the Peter Shepheard-designed terrace at Hermès' recently restored flagship.




After browsing Bond Street, add a shot of culture to your day and scrutinise the latest lots at Sotheby's, Christie's or Bonhams. In fact, Mayfair is home to one of the world's largest concentrations of auction houses, and accounts for some 29 per cent of the global art and antiques market. Not that it's all Picassos and porcelain around here. Mayfair is also one of London's contemporary art hubs, bursting with independent galleries. Among the best, Hauser & Wirth - head to Savile Row, off Conduit Street - is famed for its challenging installation pieces. A recent immersive experience had visitors removing their shoes and lying flat on a denim carpet.


Richard Mellor - Writer for The Sunday Times and The Telegraph

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