Mayfair is one of the most exclusive districts of London and of course holds the prestige of being the most expensive square on the Monopoly board! It earned its name after the May Fair, an annual event which took place around Shepherd Market from 1686 to 1764. Hertford Street was established during the building boom of the 1760s and is reputedly named after the Hertford Inn (no longer in existence).
Hertford Street is located just a short walk away from Piccadilly where you will find the historic grocery store Fortnum & Mason (founded in 1707), the largest bookshop in Europe (Waterstones, housed in one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture, the former Simpsons of Piccadilly) and of course the exclusive boutique shops in the Victorian Piccadilly and Burlington Arcades.
Just beyond Piccadilly you will discover Savile Row, famous for creating bespoke gentlemen’s tailored clothing since the early 1800s.
Further on from Savile Row there is Europe’s busiest shopping street, Oxford Street, which is home to Selfridges and other major department stores. In nearby Regent Street you will find Liberty London (well worth a visit for the architecture alone!) and Hamleys.
In Knightsbridge there is the world-famous Harrods, established in 1849 as a grocers when the area was a small village on the outskirts of London! Just along from here is the V&A Museum should you wish to combine culture with shopping, as their extensive gift shop contains many exclusive treasures!
The following landmarks are within easy reach of Hertford Street: Buckingham Palace, The Queen’s Gallery and the Victoria Memorial (all of which are a ten minute stroll across Green Park), St James’s Palace (12 minute walk, again via Green Park but in an easterly direction) Burlington House – home to the Royal Academy of Arts (10 minute walk along Piccadilly) and Apsley House (7 minute walk), to name but a few!
London boasts nearly 200 museums and art galleries, some of which are the finest in the world. We are incredibly lucky to have several within easy reach of Hertford Street, including:
The Royal Academy of Arts (Piccadilly) which hosts seminal exhibitions for some of the world’s leading artists and holds an annual Summer Exhibition where you can see (and purchase) fabulous examples of contemporary art.
Queen’s Gallery (Buckingham Palace Road) where you can view artwork from the Royal Collection.
Apsley House (Piccadilly), the Grade I listed home of the Dukes of Wellington which was built in the neoclassical style and, despite reworking during the 1800s, retains some fine examples of Robert Adam’s architectural designs. It is also home to some wonderful works by artists including Velazquez and Rubens.
Handel & Hendrix (Brook Street, Mayfair), a museum dedicated to baroque composer George Frideric Handel and rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, who both resided in Brook Street.
We are just a short taxi ride from Harley Street as well as some of London’s finest hospitals.
Hertford Street is just a short distance away from the world-famous theatres of the West End where you can see leading artists perform in fabulous plays and musicals.
On each stay, the apartments have been spotless, the beds comfortable and kitchens well-equipped – just the ticket for independent travellers who don’t need ‘hotel’ services. A great place for visitors on business or for leisure!
We stayed at 9 Hertford Street over the Easter weekend and could not have hoped for a better place to be with our two-year old son. Not only was his cot ready when we arrived but we were greeted with chocolates, fresh fruits and a lovely card written by the manager. The flat was very spacious and bright, with a terrace. We all felt at home straight away. The concierges were very helpful and friendly. I was even provided with a laptop for an hour in order to catch up with some work!