The prestige of the exclusive central London area of Mayfair has grown in the popular mind due to its designation as the most expensive property on the British version of the Monopoly board game.
Named after the annual fortnight-long May Fair that took place from 1686 to 1764 on the site that is Shepherd Market.
Most of the area – which is bordered by Hyde Park to the west, Oxford Street to the north, Piccadilly and Green Park to the south and Regent Street to the east – was first developed between the mid-17th century and the mid-18th century.
As a result, its property mix includes grand mansions, beautiful mews and magnificent apartments in a variety of architectural styles. For grand lateral apartments, for example, look in Grosvenor Square and Park Lane.