A Constellation of Stars

Hélène Darroze at the Connaught and long-time French favourite
Le Gavroche: these two Mayfair restaurants alone have been awarded
as many as four Michelin stars.
The neighbourhood, in all respects, is an epicurean Eden, offering everything from bouillon-braised lobster to homemade fish finger sandwiches. Other contributors to Mayfair’s assemblage of Michelin stars include the innovative Kai on South Audley Street, offering a stylised take on Chinese cuisine, and Gordon Ramsay’s Maze on Grosvenor Square, with a mission to bring simplicity back to high-end dining. Any review of Mayfair dining must mention the star-spangled seafood institution Scott’s, while Corrigan’s is everything you would hope for in a restaurant, down to its elegant interior, pensive piano music and exquisite seasonal British menu. Other, more low-key restaurants in the neighbourhood include the Running Horse gastropub, the easy, tried-and-tested Prezzo and the Princess Garden, known for its delicious dim sum.

If you can’t commit to dinner but have time for an evening apéritif, Mayfair’s bars range from historic pubs such as the Audley to the art deco champagne bar at Claridge’s and the sleek David Collins-designed space at the Connaught. Mayfair is also home to numerous stylish private members’ clubs, including the quietly contemporary George on Mount Street.