One of the British capital’s most prestigious neighbourhoods, Mayfair is a hive of heritage fashion houses, carefully groomed garden squares and world-renowned cultural institutions. The Chesterfield Mayfair is ideally placed to discover the wealth of things to do in Mayfair, and the hotel’s superlative facilities make it a great choice for exclusive corporate events. For that half-hour lull between business meetings, here’s how to maximise your time.
Kick back with a coffee
The ideal reset before another presentation is a good coffee. The Chesterfield’s experienced baristas serve a perfectly poured pick-me-up on demand. Alternatively, stretch your legs and seek out one of the area’s many cafés. British heritage department store Fortum & Mason is known for its premium-grade teas and coffees, artisanal confectionery and quintessentially British bakes. It serves an exceedingly good cappuccino—and an excellent Earl Grey—at the Tea Salon in its Piccadilly flagship.
Indulge in some retail therapy
Whether just browsing or indulging in some serious retail therapy, shopping features on any list of things to do in Mayfair. The well-heeled district is internationally renowned for its luxury boutiques, and The Chesterfield is just moments away from some of the capital’s chicest shops. Stroll down Mount Street, lined with prestigious British flagships, including fine jeweller Stephen Webster, designers Christopher Kane and J&M Davidson, and perfumer Creed.
Head to Savile Row for an exquisitely finished, bespoke suit to impress at that next business lunch. Similarly, New Bond Street is studded with sought-after fashion boutiques, in addition to Emporio Armani, where guests at The Chesterfield can enjoy a personal shopping appointment.
A breath of fresh air
A verdant oasis in the heart of Mayfair, Green Park is where to clear the head between appointments. It has no formal flower beds—the story goes that King Charles II’s wife caught him picking a posy for his sweetheart here in the 17th century and demanded that all florals be removed. However, the park is replete with neatly manicured lawns and centuries-old trees, famed memorials and fountains—offering perfect respite from the city’s bustle. Those craving a moment of more exclusive tranquillity should seek out the lesser-known gardens on the doorstep of The Chesterfield.
Browse big-name art
The art and antiques stores around New Bond Street include illustrious auction houses Bonhams and Sotheby’s, well-stocked with everything from Picasso to contemporary art, specialist furniture and fine porcelain. The Cork Street galleries present culture buffs with yet more things to do in Mayfair, as does the inspired programme of exhibitions and talks at Royal Academy of Arts.
Toast a successful day
Cap a profitable day’s negotiations with a spectacular meal. For intimate fine-dining in Mayfair, Chef Nathan Hindmarsh plates up seasonal English cuisine with international flair at Butlers Restaurant. Keen gastronomes can also take a seat at popular Mayfair haunt Sexy Fish or Scott’s, one of London’s longest established dining rooms. On a summer evening, be sure to reserve one of the tables outside—it’s the place to see and be seen.
The superbly located Red Carnation Hotels’ The Chesterfield Mayfair offers a variety of meeting rooms and event facilities.