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Mayfair (District)

Mayfair', once a popular annual event, became so notorious as to merit official closure in 1706; the area so named is now a synonym for High Class hotels especially on Park Lane and Piccadilly, and shopping on New Bond Street, Old Bond Street, Audley Streets North and South, Mount Street, Burlington Arcade and South Molton Street. Shepherd Market, a nucleus of narrow alleys crowded with small shops and pavement cafes, retains the character of a bygone age. The wealthy of the 18th century built mansions here among the fields, away from 'City' life, including Burlington House, Crewe House, and Bourdon House, while many others exist only in name.

Of great interest are The Royal Institution, founded 1799, with its museum exploring world changing scientific discoveries. and Handel House Museum. The embassies and legations of many nationalities are to be found here.

See Also: Green Park Station (Underground), Royal Academy of Arts (Burlington House), The Faraday Museum, Handel & Hendrix in London

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