If you’re in town for London’s biggest art event, visit Mayfair to discover must-see art exhibitions and arty dining experiences.

1. Get your culture fix at Mayfair's must-see art exhibitions

Discover colourful paintings by London-based Ghanaian artist Kojo Marfo at his solo exhibition at JD Malat Gallery.

View humorous ceramics by British-South African artist Katy Stubbs at the Lyndsey Ingram Gallery.

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2. Discover Mayfair's top restaurants for art lovers

Enjoy a spot of artful dining by booking a table at one of Mayfair’s art-filled or design-led restaurants and bars.


Dine among exquisite artwork by Renoir, Chagall and Pissarro at legendary Mayfair restaurant Scott’s opulent private dining space, the Renoir Room.

The Audley Public House

Enjoy live music at the art-filled Audley Public House where Phyllida Barlow’s kaleidoscope ceiling takes centre stage and Martin Creed’s neon FRIENDS sign sits above the bar.

Mount St. Restaurant

On the first floor of The Audley Public House is the Mount St. Restaurant which houses more than 200 pieces of art throughout its main dining room and private rooms, including works by Andy Warhol, Henry Matisse, Lucian Freud, Ferdinand Hodler, Peter Fischli and David Weiss. The restaurant’s showpiece is the eye-catching ‘Broken Floor’, a palladiano mosaic floor by Rashid Johnson which runs throughout the dining room.


Bacchanalia on Mount Street (pictured below) boasts four Damien Hirst statues, hand-painted ceiling murals and 2000-year-old Greek and Roman artworks.

The Colony Grill Room

For a dose of 1920s New York glamour, head to The Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont hotel, which is adorned with large-scale murals and maximalist artworks.

The Ivy Asia 

Alternatively, head to The Ivy Asia in Mayfair’s North Audley Street for wow-factor interiors, including a dazzling green stone floor, antique decor and a dining room filed with 12 cherry blossom trees.


3. Explore APPARATUS’ immersive new space

Immerse yourself in the fantasy of New York-based design studio, APPARATUS. Set across two floors, the new Mount Street gallery houses APPARATUS' signature lighting, furniture and objects. Visit the space at an open gallery event between 10 and 12 October from 10am to 8pm. Enjoy cocktails starting at 6pm.

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4. Art-themed activities in Mayfair's boutiques

Many of Mayfair's boutiques are hosting special events during Frieze week.

Pop into Stephen Webster on Mount Street to browse its new Sworn Enemies collection, comprising five limited-edition brooch pins depicting creatures from the same species whose DNA makes them Sworn Enemies. When not being worn, these miniature sculptures can be enjoyed as art pieces.

Visit Metier to see a new sculptural window display created by design studio Naum House, created especially for Frieze Week. The display shows two hand-carved wooden structures that pay homage to the Riva boat design that spreads throughout the flagship store.

5. Book a stay at Antony Gormley's Room at The Beaumont

Book a stay at Antony Gormley’s Room at The Beaumont hotel, a one-off suite occupying the interior of a giant semi-abstract sculpture. The dark, wood-panelled, cave-like room offers its occupants the chance to find peace and tranquillity away from the pressures of modern life. From £1,100 per night. Book a stay at Room at The Beaumont.

6. Sip creative cocktails at an art-filled bar

Mr Fogg's Apothecary

Cocktail bar Mr Fogg’s Apothecary, located opposite Claridge’s, is the ideal location to surround yourself with art while savouring creative cocktails. Ask to be sat in the ‘Anatomy Room’ where you are surrounded by stunning nude sketches that are actually Victorian medical prints that would have been found in 18th-century apothecaries.

Picture-perfect cocktails include the Mother’s Helper featuring Belvedere vodka, Tia Maria coffee liqueur, Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, Disaronno liqueur, espresso and orgeat syrup, topped with a vanilla and cream cheese foam; and The Herbalist on Brook Street which blends Secret Garden Apothecary Rose gin, Lillet Blanc wine-based apéritif, basil remedy shrub, fresh lime juice, rose water and egg white.

The Red Room at The Connaught

Alternatively, head to the iconic five-star hotel The Connaught in Carlos Place to sip cocktails in its art-filled Red Room, which is tucked behind a velvet-curtained doorway of the hotel’s Champagne Room. The bar showcases a collection of red-coloured artworks by female artists, including I Am Rouge by Louise Bourgeois and a photographic piece by Trina McKillen. The striking design-led interior includes a pink onyx bar and a red-flecked marble fireplace.

7. See exhibition Rictus: The Smile Revolution at The Health Society

Learn about the association between art and teeth at The Health Society's exhibition Rictus: The Smile Evolution, which is taking place from 10 October until 5 November.

The society is holding its opening event on 15 October to coincide with Frieze. Everyone is welcome to join a breakfast and panel discussion from 10.30am to 12.30pm.