There’s no getting around the fact that Mayfair is a pretty damn expensive place. It’s the home of embassies, private casinos, and Michelin-starred restaurants. Finding anything affordable to do there can be pretty difficult. To be honest, we can’t actually change that for you because we have no power over places like The Dorchester, but all is not lost if you find yourself in that part of the world. Please enjoy our list of suggestions for what you could do while you’re there:
- Ogle Nice Cars
There are some very flashy cars parked in and around Mayfair. Between the fancy hotels, the super-expensive apartments (more on these later) and the flashy members-only clubs, it’s basically one giant millionaires’ car park. And boy, those cars. Whether you’re genuinely interested in all things extravagant and motoring, or just like looking, judging, and wondering what the drivers are compensating for, there are more than enough opportunities in Mayfair.
- Window Shop Like The Fancy Person You Could Be One Day
We’re not ones for making assumptions about people, but we’re going to go ahead and assume that if you’re reading this you might not have enough money to afford to frequent Balmain all the time. But luckily the window shopping is still pretty good. Whether you’re daydreaming about the day you wind up at the Oscars, your wedding day, or when you finally win that Nobel prize, the windows in Mayfair have the outfit for you. So stand in the rain outside Oscar De La Renta while the security guard glares at you, and start working on your speech.
- Get a Sandwich With A Side Of Banter
It’s not all ogling stuff, though. There are a few things everybody can afford. There are at least two sandwich shops – Da Corradi and Piccolo – where you can get a good lunch at a reasonable price. Not only that, but the guys working there are always willing to pass the time of day – often whether you want to or not. But still, in a world of very expensive people in very expensive clothes it’s nice to talk to a fellow muggle.
- Have Drinks in A Fancy Hotel
There are pubs around Mayfair, of course, because even rich people are human beings. But the fancy hotels are home to some brilliant people-watching. Obviously, when we say ‘drinks’ we mean ‘tap water’ or maybe a coke if you want to push the boat out. Then nurse it for about ten times longer than necessary and have a stare. Not to be too stereotypical, but we guarantee someone, somewhere will be talking about a first world problem you’ve never even thought about, and probably wearing something expensive while they do.
- Find Your Dream Unrealistic House
House hunting in Mayfair is so unrealistic for someone with a normal job/bank balance that it becomes an exercise in comedy. Whether you look at rentals or at properties to buy, you’ll never see as many zeroes in one place as in the price tag on a Mayfair property. The decor’s always pretty amazing, though, and you definitely won’t be able to resist planning out the rest of your crazy-opulent life once you start. It’s a slippery slope, my friend, and the landing is a hard one. But what a ride.
- Celebrity Spotting
Whether it’s actually-very-famous celebrities staying in one of the very many, previously-mentioned fancy hotels; or someone slightly more, um, Z-list stumbling out of Mahiki at 3am on a Tuesday, you’ll probably be able to find a celebrity somewhere. Unless, that is, you are Community Manager Nicola, who recently walked past a balcony several times without once noticing that Nicole Kidman was standing there filming an advert. Fortunately, we did not hire her for her observational skills.
Don’t let us put you off a trip to Mayfair. All of the things we listed are actually really fun. And once you’ve finished, you’ll probably be within easy reach of one of one of our experiences. Take a look at the main site to see what we have going on, and start Living More Awesome.