During your short stay in Mayfair, there’s a good chance that you will want to take a moment and appreciate some of London’s finest historical monuments. From Buckingham Palace to Westminster, this city is steeped in history, in some cases dating all the way back to the Roman times.
Here, we’ve compiled a short walking tour of some of Mayfair’s finest historical attractions, perfect for a quiet walk from your Central London serviced apartment.
Built after his death in 1945, the Franklin D. Roosevelt statue in Grosvenor Square was sculpted by the artist William Reid Dick. According to an inscription on the statue, ‘his memorial represents contributions in small sums from people in every walk of life throughout the United Kingdom who wished to remember him.’ The statue was unveiled by the then King, George VI and Roosevelt’s surviving wife.
Savile Row is renowned internationally for its world-class bespoke tailoring. A Savile Row suit comes with the highest assurance of quality, and the street features a range of well-known tailoring houses, including Maurice Sedwell, Ozwald Boateng and, more recently, Kathryn Sargent – Savile Row’s first female master tailor.
Take a stroll down Savile Row, and you can see the tailors hard at work through the shop windows.
This intricate historical building was once the private mansion of the Earl of Buckingham, and now houses a range of learning societies, including The Royal Society for Chemistry, and The Geological Society. The building also hosts temporary exhibitions from the Royal Academy. Burlington House is open for public viewing on most days of the year – why not have a quick look around?
The Royal Institute
Our final destination, The Royal Institute, is another historical building, famous for being a hub of scientific thought and learning for many centuries. Having hosted such renowned scientists as Michael Faraday, the institute now holds centuries of fascinating historical records, as well as a museum dedicated to Faraday himself.
There’s a good chance this will be the site you most want to stop and look around at, so it takes a very fitting place at the end of our route.
Whether or not you decide to be inspired by our historical London ideas, we hope you take a moment to appreciate some of London’s fantastic history during your short stay in Mayfair. And with so much of it being packed into convenient locations around the centre of town, it’s a great idea to treat yourself to a stay in some of the finest serviced apartments in Central London while you’re here.
PS – Looking for more London attractions right on your doorstep during your stay with us? Check out these Mayfair secrets, all within walking distance from your serviced apartments, or take a look at some of the historical sites around the borough.