Last Christmas, Netflix gave us the gift that we never knew we needed: the television adaptation of Julia Quinn’s book series, Bridgerton. The show followed the interesting love life and courting season of the wealthy Bridgerton family.
Although Bridgerton is much more than a Netflix series, and while the show may not have been filmed in Mayfair, London, the inspired location is equally as posh as it is portrayed. Mayfair is often associated with pristine streets, gardens and squares, as well as a sought-after spot in the game of Monopoly. The luxurious area is located in the iconic West End of the City of Westminster, neighboring four of London’s most famous parks ― Hyde Park, Piccadilly, Regent Street and Oxford Street ― making this beautiful borough perfect for seeing absolutely everything.
The region holds enough activities to fill several weeks. Here is a complete tour of Bridgertons Mayfair, as well as seven of the top-rated locations to stay, eat and drink in London’s most elegant neighborhood.
Picnic Near the One of the World’s Most Haunted Locations
With Halloween right around the corner, begin at one of the world’s most notoriously haunted locations: 50 Berkeley Square, located in Central London, is said to be the most haunted home in the area, if not the world. It is currently home to Maggs Brothers, antiquarian sellers of rare books and manuscripts. The building was built in the late 1700s. Prime Minister George Canning once called it home. The first hauntings were reported later, in the 19th century, although many of the claims are dubious. Legend holds that a young woman threw herself from the top floor window, taking her own life. She is said to haunt the attic to this day, literally scaring people to death. Two deaths have been attributed to the ghost.
Get Tailored at Savile Row
Perhaps you have seen Bridgerton and recall the famous scenes in Modiste’s Madame Delacroix dress shop, and have dreamed of being suited and booted similar to the ladies of Bridgerton. The designer of the tuxedo, Henry Poole, set up his shop in Mayfair in 1846, leading many other tailors to follow suit. Savile Row has now become known for well-cut suits of high quality. Sitting high above the menswear capital of the world, the roof of 3 Savile Row is home to The Beatles’ famous final concert.
Visit Handel and Hendrix’s Old House
It is hard to believe that 18th-century composer George Frideric Handel and rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix shared an address, almost at least. Beginning in 1723, Handel lived at 25 Brook Street for 36 years. Hendrix moved next door almost 250 years later. Interested visitors can tour Handel’s famous rehearsal room, which includes his harpsichord, and the room where he composed some of his most famous works. Those interested in seeing the Jimi Hendrix flat will be able to experience the space where Hendrix wrote music and had photoshoots, as well as the furniture purchased by Hendrix himself.
Eat Street-Style at Mercato Mayfair
Visitors can choose among Mayfair’s unique dining experiences in this Instagram-worthy setting. The Mercato Mayfair is like a foodie gone to heaven. Beautifully located in a 200-year-old church, this location offers Asian bites, authentic Italian gelato, a seafood bar, as well as the opportunity to dine on the rooftop! The Mayfair also offers a wine cellar, micro-brewery and cooking classes. Mercato Mayfair offers community and sustainability through the perfect entertainment venue for families, couples and individuals alike.
Relish in Cocktails and Conversations
While fancy cocktails may be one man’s favorite, 100 whiskey varieties will appeal to another. Offered by The Athenaeum Hotel, visitors can enjoy the ultimate experience with one hour-long masterclass hosted by Giovanni Castorina. The class includes four 25-mL whiskies, complemented by the perfect cheese variety. If a whiskey tasting is not what you are looking for, explore the Athenaeum’s luxurious bar, complete with small nooks, plush sofas and leather chairs.
Did you really go to London if you did not indulge in the tradition of afternoon tea? No one does afternoon tea better than Mayfair, with multiple locations worth recommending for the full experience, the five-star Claridge’s might be the place. Tea at the Claridge’s includes warm scones, sweet cakes, and delish sandwiches, with a classical pianist and a tea connoisseur on hand, making for the perfect afternoon.
Take a Stroll Around Mount Street Gardens
If you are ready to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of tourism, enjoy the thriving palm trees, and beautiful scenery of Mount Street Gardens. Bring along a copy of Julia Quinn’s The Duke and I, and imagine yourself living lavishly in the heart of where it began.