20 Feb 2019
Mayfair is the elegant soul of London, stretching from the verdant canopies of Hyde Park to the swanky flagship stores of Bond Street and Piccadilly. Huge Victorian promenades and iconic Georgian townhouses call Mayfair home, but it’s not all about the sightseeing and shopping. Hiding among historic facades and famous streets is perhaps central London’s best and most diverse dining scene. From cute cafes to tasty takeaways, famously fine dining to the terrifically trendy, here’s our local’s guide to eating out in Mayfair.
From the exemplary service to the immaculate preparation and presentation of food, nothing makes you feel as special as than a delectable meal at one of Mayfair’s haute cuisine hotspots. Perhaps the most famous of all is Le Gavroche, French haute-cuisine’s spirtual home in London under the watchful eye of Michel Roux, tucked away in a basement a street away from Hyde Park. Then there’s the world-class wagyu, USDA, and Bridge of Allan cuts of steak at 34 Mayfair, served in a colourful, parquetted interior. If you prefer surf, London’s best seafood is arguably at Scott’s, which evolved out of a 19th century oyster bar. For the adventurous, Ikoyi just off Piccadilly has been making headlines in London’s food scene since it opened in 2017. Sporting wabi-sabi-esque interiors and serving innovative West African cuisine, it is currently one of Mayfair’s best kept secrets.
Mayfair also has your morning caffeine and sugar fixes sorted with a range of light delis and cosy cafes. Perfect for some light fare to fuel your day or for a languorous coffee to accompany a catch-up or casual meeting, Mayfair’s cafes are a blend of classic high-end sophistication and the quintessential cafe aesthetic. Chief among them is the famous Mount Street Deli, a stone’s throw from Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living. Mount Street opened in 2010 and offers a host of dishes principally from the British Isles. Whether you’re in the mood for Viennoiseries or pastries, espressos or breakfast classics, Mount Street will have you covered.
Sometimes dining out is made by the atmosphere, and this is especially true of so-called neighbourhood restaurants. Eating out in Mayfair highlights include the intimate chocolate interiors of Kitty Fishers, made even more ambient by decanter-shaded low-hanging light bulbs and array of inspired cocktails (try the Bad Kitty), or there’s the Peruvian tapas option COYA, with its specifically tailored menu crafted by Culinary Chef Sanjay Dwivedi after 11 months exploring Peruvian flavours in Latin America.
For a taste of true British Mayfair, check out the Alice in Wonderland interiors and British fare of one of Mayfair’s oldest pubs, The Punchbowl. There’s also Mayfair’s rustic French option, Le Boudin Blanc, whose olive oil, exclusively produced for the restaurant in a small Ligurian plot, might just be the best we’ve ever had.
For the super busy, Mayfair is a cornucopia of on-the-go dining. In addition to the Mount Street Deli, those looking for a light snack should look no further than Deliciously Ella, just off Oxford Circus. Centred around healthy, plant-based food, Deliciously Ella is the love-labour of its founder, Ella Woodward, to develop empowering, feel-good recipes. Its award-winning deli can whip you a great tasting red lentil dhal and cold-pressed smoothie in no time. But if you want to hang out, Deliciously Ella’s breezy white interiors and aromatic flowers on every surface will leave you feeling as fresh as its food.
A discussion on Mayfair dining would not be complete without naming its trendy establishments. Hosting such clubs as Annabel’s and The Art’s Club, Mayfair attracts its fair share of glamorous models and debonair dishes. The glam of its partygoers is reflected in its sceney restaurants: Hakkasan Mayfair is the international restaurants’ second London outpost, offering Michelin star Cantonese food (the crispy duck salad and softshell crab are sublime) in sexy dark blue interiors. Or there’s the pan-Asian seafood restaurant on glittering Berkeley Square, Sexy Fish, filled with art by Damien Hirst and Frank Gehry, and an equally painted clientele.
Enjoy all of this and more when you stay at Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living.