With its moneyed elegance, it's hard to recall the raffish early days of Mayfair. A century ago, ladies of the night patrolled Shepherd Market and style icon Beau Brummel stalked Bond St. Now Old and New Bond St are lined with global brands like Prada, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany. Browse royally appointed tailors along Savile Row, art galleries along Cork St and boutiques in the 19th-century Royal and Burlington Arcades. On South Molton St, young designers make their names at cutting-edge fashion boutique, Browns. Break for afternoon tea in the Art Deco bar of London's finest 5-star hotel, Claridges. Head north into the village of Marylebone to see the Wallace Collection's rococo paintings by Fragonard and nosh on gourmet provisions among fashionistas.
Getting Around London
The best way to get around London is using public transportation and taxis. Poor parking availability and legendary traffic makes driving tricky, and Americans may find it challenging to drive on the opposite side or the car and road. Gatwick Express is the fastest train service from Gatwick to Central London. Trains run daily directly into London Victoria train and tube station starting at 4:35 a.m. and 5:20 a.m., then run every 15 minutes from 5:50 a.m. until 12:35 a.m. with the last trains leaving at 12:50 a.m. and 1:35 a.m. Fares: 1st Class £26 (Single), £50 (Return); Express Class £17.90 (Single), £30.80 (Return). Heathrow Express is the fastest train service from Heathrow to Paddington Station. Trains run from 5 a.m. until midnight from Heathrow. The standard single fare is £20 and standard return costs £34.
Nearby Airports
  • London Heathrow Airport-LHR
  • Gatwick Airport-LGW
Airport Taxis
  • £45-£83-Heathrow to Central London, depending on time, tariff, and traffic
  • £78-£98-Gatwick to Central London, depending on time, tariff, and traffic
Things to Do and See Near Mayfair
  • London Eye
  • British Museum
  • Big Ben
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Tower of London
  • Tate Modern
  • London Zoo
  • Natural History Museum
  • Tower Bridge
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Hyde Park
  • London Bridge
  • Globe Theatre
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Saatchi Gallery
  • Palace of Westminster
  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • Marylebone
  • Middle Temple
  • Covent Garden