Summer is the time to get the kids together – now they’ve finished school – and have some fun! Whether it’s taking the family somewhere special for tea or an impromptu lunch or you just want to get outdoors, you can do it all in Mayfair. This incredible neighbourhood is perfect for the summer –so why not sit back and let the younger members of the family decide where they’d like to go? Here’s a selection to get you started…
The Connaught Patisserie adjoins the five-star hotel and is the prettiest cake parlour, serving the most delectable afternoon teas in the shape of handcrafted cakes, gateaux and an assortment of elegant treats. Prepare to be dazzled with a host of creations from The Connaught’s master pâtissier who has created some of the most magical French classics like sugar dusted chouquettes. A special exclusive is the Chocolate Nemesis from The River Café which is hand delivered daily – the first time the cake has been available outside of its home. Also, check out the darling Connaught hounds (the hotel’s emblem) now reimagined as a chocolate hazelnut cake.
A summer must
Nothing quite says it’s summer like treating yourself to fish and chips. The trouble is, nowadays, it seems that the proper version of this classic British dish is hard to come by. Show the younger members of the family what the real fish and chips experience is all about. For an award winning ‘chippy experience’, look no further than The Mayfair Chippy – the place where you’ll find all the proper chip shop priorities along with more than a dash of contemporary sass and the real deal vinegar (along with other vital condiments). Close your eyes, hear the seagulls and smell the sea…
Picnic in Style
There are some superb outdoor eating spots in Mayfair – just waiting to welcome you for an impromptu picnic – or the chance to run around or just relax in a green space in the heart of the city:
Grosvenor Square, in the heart of Mayfair, is the second largest square in central London and is conveniently close to Green Park, Oxford Circus and Bond Street. It’s the perfect place to kick off your shoes and take in the summer sun – a wonderful place to escape from everything – with a book with friends – and always with a picnic.
This raised historical terrace, which sits on top of an old electricity sub station, is a fabulous retreat at any time of year. A short walk from Bond Street station, this is a unique space with garden terrace and seating – is so peaceful, you’ll find it diffiuclt to believe that you’re a stone’s throw from the action.
Wander Art is a unique way to exercise mind, body and soul via an innovative outdoor art gallery,featuring installations from 12 world renwoned artists offering a new way to explore art outdoors. Come and see pieces by Yinka Ilori, a multidisciplinary artist of British – Nigerian heritage who tells te story of his dual roots, on Mount Street. There are also pieces by Margaux Carpentier, who creates pictures using sympbolic language so that everyone reads her art in a myriad of ways. Don’t forget to check out Mexican designger Fernando Laposse, who specialises in transforming humble natural materislas into refined designed pieces, on Mercarto Mayfair. Let your mind run free this summer and choose your favourite.