If you’re looking for the perfect way to spend time together and indulge in a little ‘us’ time, then why not visit Mayfair?
There are so many fabulously fun things to do in London and Mayfair is full to brimming with ideas for couples to discover new things and rediscover each other. With dining and drinking options galore as well as galleries, open spaces and shopping excursions all at your fingertips, you’ll never be short of ideas. Romantic, fun, cooler than cool things in London are a breeze so why not have a look here and hatch a plan. After all, you know what they say, a couple who plays together, stays together.
Food for thought
Where oh where does one begin. When it comes to romantic things to do in London, Mayfair has it covered, when you want to wine and dine that special person in your life. From restaurants that give you food for thought, breakfast spots for the morning after the night before, brunch locations and great places for couples to enjoy a cocktail or three – we’ve got it covered.
Breakfast and brunch
If you’re looking for a little bit of healthy indulgence when it comes to brunch, head to NAC, a neighbourhood restaurant in Mayfair, inspired by the table lined cafés of Paris. Enjoy outdoor dining all day long with globally inspired comfort food.
41 North Audley Street, Mayfair W1K 6ZP
Brunch at Deliciously Ella is certainly the best of both worlds. Not only are the dishes delicious but they are also really good for you. Head down to Weighhouse Street for a selection of plant-based dishes including corn fritters, smoky beans and avocado smash. Big salad bowls will ensure that your foodie virtue stays intact and there are also a selection of hearty stews, dhals, soups and grains to choose from. For anyone with a sweet tooth, there is no need to worry, the delicious cakes and brownies will keep you going. Pair a sweet treat with a matcha or turmeric latte and don’t forget to try one of their delightful cold pressed juices. Health is really your wealth – so come and find out for yourself.
18 Weighhouse Street, Mayfair W1K 5LU
Best of both worlds
Comptoir Café & Wine is a café by day and wine bar by night and manages to slide from one to another with perfect ease. This is a dream for anyone who enjoys the good things in life. Order their incredible coffee whilst you peruse the brunch menu – one of the best in Mayfair and recharge your batteries. Tuck into an impossibly healthy superfood salad or an irresistible full breakfast with bacon, avocado, mushrooms and eggs anyway you like with a fresh pressed juice. A perfect way to enjoy down time together.
21 -22 Weighhouse Street, Mayfair W1K 5LY
Traditional with a twist
Hideaway is the creation of Ollie Dabbous, Michelin starred chef and owner of Dabbous. It’s a modern day treasure with a selection of wonderful breakfast and brunch dishes that are hard to beat. For traditionalists with a twist, their croque monsieur options with black truffle or H. Forman smoked salmon & cream cheese bagel with homemade dill pickle is sensational and if you’re feeling like something a little lighter, their salads- like stracciatella, pickled fennel, strawberries and black olive or their grilled green asparagus, basil pesto and toasted hazelnuts will make you the most virtuous bruncher on the block.
100 Mount Street, Mayfair W1K 2TG
Steeped in tradition, Pasticceria Marchesi is one of Milan’s oldest and finest pastry shops and sits elegantly in Mayfair. Renowned for its patisserie, signature chocolates and classic Panettone, this is the place to go for a sweet treat with the one you love. Choose from a dizzying array, which will leave you spoilt for choice and if you want to continue that Marchesi experience back in your own kitchen, then don’t forget to pick up one of their unforgettable products – choose from chocolates, spreadables, dragees, preserves and marmalades and jellies.
117 Mount St, Mayfair, London W1K 3LA
Michelin starred delights
This Michelin starred restaurant calls its cooking style ‘Liberated Nanyan Cooking’. Why? They believe in heritage and freedom in equal portions, which makes choosing this restaurant a thrilling option. Nanyang is a culinary heritage originating from the southern seas of china – a region that has been blessed with a tropical climate, rich with diverse spices, produce and cooking techniques. The respect for heritage is balanced beautifully with the freedom to innovate and evolve Chinese cooking, which has resulted in the most delicious foodie rebellion. Table for two?
65 South Audley Street, London W1k 2QU
This three Michelin-star restaurant is a feast for the senses. Each dish is grounded in the firm belief that seasonal and local is best and the ingredients are sourced from the farmers, makers and growers that have been carefully chosen by Hélène herself. The menu is a true reflection of your personal tastes so once you have chosen your ingredients, the chefs then transform them into original works of art. Choose for each other – if you’re brave enough. Once tasted never forgotten.
The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair W1K 2AL
Taking on the world – one glass at a time
Brooks Mews Wine House is the newest addition to the Mayfair wine scene. Tucked behind Claridge’s Hotel in an olde-worlde cobbled street, it’s an understated shop and bar, converted from a carriage workshop, over two floors, where wine plays centre stage. Here you’ll find over 100 wines from around the world. The fun is finding what you’re drinking on the wine map that displays the main growing regions – uncovering the huge variety and history of the wines on offer. Sit back and unwind in the upstairs mezzanine lounge whilst enjoying a glass of old or new world wine along with a complementary sharing platter of artisanal French and Italian cheeses and charcuterie.
24 Brook’s Mews, Mayfair W1K 4EA
Nestled in converted listed stables on North Row, just off Park Lane – you’ll find Boisdale of Mayfair, a shellfish bar and cigar terrace, a distinctive space with mahogany panelling and an eclectic collection of classical and modern original artwork. Head down to the Vinyl Bar where you can choose your favourite song from a collection of superlative old school records, order a cocktail and sit back and enjoy.
12 North Row, Mayfair W1K 7DF
Glamour in a glass
The last word in louche cocktails, Claridge’s Bar Terrace is the place for incredible drinks and plates. Check out their new menu, inspired by the Mediterranean and sip on one of their legendary cocktails. The Flapper is a classic and was created when they first opened their doors in 1998. The drink references the impossibly glamourous ‘Flapper’ ladies during the Art Deco period and the cocktail is a fabulous blend of strawberry, cassis and champagne. If champagne is more your scene, you’ve come to the right place. Claridge’s is the expert – and has a champagne chapter and verse of possibilities. For small plates, think beef carpaccio with peppery rocket or white truffle pizza and citrusy spaghtettini. Perfect!
Claridge’s Brook Street, Mayfair W1K 4HR
A seafood institution
Scott’s was originally opened as an oyster warehouse in 1851 and being amongst the five oldest restaurants in London, has kept true to its history. Established as one of the most fashionable and glamourous restaurants in town, Scott’s has welcomed film stars, politicians and writers through the decades. Rumour has it that it’s where James Bond’s famous dry martini ‘shaken not stirred’ was created, as Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming was a regular visitor. With outdoor seating at the front of this grand dame of restaurants, why not enjoy the taste of the coast while you watch the world go by on Mount Street? An absolute must for seafood cognoscenti.
20 Mount Street, Mayfair W1K 2HE
The wandering palette
Jean-Georges at the Connaught is nothing less than a work of art. World renowned chef Jean Georges Vongerichten, who is known for creating imaginative menus has been inspired, this time, by the city and also brings to the table his love of the Far East. The Terrace with outdoor seating is perfect to enjoy, from sun up to sun down, with a host of farm to table produce on offer, which will tempt and delight. Come and rediscover tastes to savour including their much loved (and missed) pizzas – black truffle, prosciutto or asparagus and spiced salami editions.
Carlos Place, Mayfair W1K 2AL
The art of drinking
The Connaught Bar in Mayfair is like stepping into another world. In today’s fast paced environment many of us forget the vital importance of our surroundings when enjoying a sublime experience. This is the place to come – where fashion goes out of the window and style sits in pole position. The décor here is exemplary, created by David Collins Studio – and echoes the spirit of English and Irish Cubist art of the experimental 1920’s. Here you’ll find all you desire from a cocktail too. Mixologists with years of experiences and oodles of ideas are here to conjure up new concoctions to surprise and delight or make you a time-honoured favourite. The choice is yours. From day to night, the vibe is relaxed and purposeful – and is the perfect place for a light snack, evening canapés and an introduction to the very best way to enjoy your drink of choice. Don’t come here to have a quick drink, come here to luxuriate in bar splendour.
Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL
Take a chance
Celebrating the spirited excitement of Tokyo in the 1930’s where Kissa Clubs (happening bars) and Shanghai drinking dens were all the rage, this unique space is an incredible bar – where you can find your fortune – as far as great cocktails are concerned. In keeping with Gordon Ramsey’s preference to walk on the wild side, this bar echoes the excellence, exuberance and cheeky detail that we’ve all come to expect from this impresario. Expect clean and elegant flavours to tickle your taste buds with such delights as Shiso Smash – roku gin, shiso leaves and lemon or why not align your chi with a cocktail of the same name – grey goose, l’vanille, homemade ‘coffee shu’, cinnamon and expresso? Feeling lucky? Take a gamble on the Lucky Negroni – a roll of three dice seals the fate of your drink – and with 216 combinations of gin, vermouth and bitters, you can only win.
10 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair W1K 6JP
Le Magritte Bar captures the exuberance, elegance and fabulous louche qualities that were all the rage in ‘those’ American bars that became legendary in London and Paris during the roaring 1920’s. Close your eyes and think of some of the baddest literary angels around like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, vibrant entertainers like Josephine Baker and Louis Armstrong and latter day superstars like the Rat Pack. If they were around, they’d be here – living it up in this incredible bar with its walnut panelled interior hung with eclectic art and photographs – along with the Magritte painting that gives the room its name. Specialising in traditional superstars in the drinks firmament – bourbons, whiskies and classic cocktails- bring your best self for the bestest time.
The Beaumont Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair W1K 6TF
Come and find the best florists in London – and use the language of flowers to say exactly how you feel.
McQueen’s is renowned for their beautifully crafted collection of fresh flowers – gathered from the finest seasonal stems. Whatever the occasion, McQueen’s has the floral answer and since 1991 has been creating the most incredible arrangements for a variety of occasions including weddings and birthdays as well as for hotels and corporate events. There is also their exceptional Flower School, which teaches its philosophy based on their founding principles of style, simplicity and skill, with classes for everyone – from enthusiastic beginners to vocational professionals.
29 North Audley Street W1K 6WY
In good hands
There’s a wealth of experience all in one place, when you choose Goode Flowers. The team, Pal, Scott and Linda have been creating bespoke luxury floral arrangements for many years and can turn their hand to anything from a grand event to an intimate dinner. Just pop in or give then a call to discuss all your personal floral requirements and they’ll make it to order. There is no hierarchy when it comes to flowers – so whether you’re looking for the most delicate posy or the grandest floral design, you are safe in the knowledge that you’ll be in the best hands.
19 South Audley Street, Mayfair W1K 2BN
Passions of the art
18th century Swiss artist Henry Fuseli once opined “Art excludes, like love, any competition and devours the whole person.” For anyone who has a love of all things cultural, it couldn’t be truer that what ignites the heart can also draw you and your significant other closer together, so why not enjoy fun times together in London, exploring the galleries of Mayfair? Contemporary, fine or classic – whatever makes your heart sing, you’ll find a way to create a beautiful duet.
JD Malat Gallery
Jean-David Malat is an internationally recognised curator and art expert who founded JD Malat Gallery in 2017 to showcase a programme of curated year-round solo and group exhibitions with contributions from curators, artists and academics. For more information on current shows, visit www.jdmalat.com
30 Davies St, London W1K 4NB
A family affair
Established by Celine and Heiner Bastian in 1989, the gallery has been directed by their son Aeneas Bastian since 2016. The gallery publishes a number of exhibition catalogues, artist monographs and catalogues and boats 20th century artists like Pablo Picasso, Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol as part of their core exhibition programme. For more information on current shows, visit www.bastian-gallery.com/en/
8 Davies St, London W1K 3DW
Here, you’ll find a strikingly curated collection of unique art furniture, which bears the signature style of Grazyna Solland – often referred to as ‘Gra’. The Sollands atelier was established in Norfolk in 2002 and makes use of both contemporary and traditional craftsmanship methods. The team is made up of highly skilled British craftspeople with decades of experience who put their heart and soul into their furniture and premium furniture collections. The gallery also shows a select few collaborative artists, which also expands their fascinating story. For more information on current shows, visit www.sollands.co.uk
61 South Audley St, London W1K 2QP
Small is beautiful
Packed full of exciting collections, this gallery is a real discovery in its own right. The owner, Lindsey, worked for Sotheby’s for years before making the bold leap and that’s clear to see the moment you step foot into the gallery. Here you’ll find an exciting collection of post-war prints from artists like Francis Bacon, Will Cotton and Peter Doig. Pop in and prepare to be transported to another place. For more information on current shows, visit www.lyndseyingram.com
20 Bourdon Street, London W1K 3PL
Larry Gagosian, one of the most respected art dealers in the world, opened his first gallery for modern and contemporary art in 1980 in Los Angeles and today, Gagosian has seventeen exhibition spaces across the United States, Europe, and Asia designed by acclaimed architects. The Mayfair gallery is always chock full of art which has been curated by the passionate team who know how to pack an artistic punch. For more information on current shows, visit www.gagosian.com
17–19 Davies Street, London W1K 3DE
Operating at the heart of the international antiques trade, the gallery deals with a wide range of 19th century furnishing and art work. Since opening in 1975, the team has chosen each work in all of their collections with expert care and knowledge combined with aesthetic sensitivity, and rightly holds a pole position in the domestic and global antiques markets. Collaborators with Craft week in 2020, they are a vibrant part of the Mayfair arts community. For more information on current shows, visit www.mayfairgallery.com
39 South Audley St, London W1K 2PP
Castle Fine Art
Limited edition joy
Castle Fine Art is the UK’s leading limited edition print and original art retailer, and opened in Mayfair in 2013 – one of the largest gallery spaces in London. Housed in an elegant Georgian building, the gallery is home to a second to none collection of modern and contemporary art work displayed over three levels. For more information on current shows, visit www.castlefineart.com
57 South Molton Street, London W1K 5SJ
Sylvia Kouvali opened Rodeo in 2007 in Istanbul – and combined local and international artists focusing on quality of work as opposed to geography. With a key aim to expand the dialogue between collectors, museums and curators, Rodeo strives to present new ground-breaking works globally. The gallery moved from Soho to Mayfair in January 2020 with a new programming structure allowing visitors to focus on the breadth of an artist’s practice in two different geographies, simultaneously. For more information on current shows, visit www.rodeo-gallery.com
12a Bourdon Street, London W1K 3PG, UK