Mayfair

Monday, 19 March 2012
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When the hubs asked if I could drop off a pair of pants at one of his favorite stores on Mount St, I took the opportunity to explore the part of London I know little about. Mount St is located in Mayfair, one of the most prestigious areas of London where high end retailers and antique stores have set up shop as well as residential properties if one has millions of pounds to spare.

The terracotta and red brick Queen Anne architecture style is largely attributed to Hugh Grosvenor, the 1st Duke of Westminster whose descendent, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor (the 6th Duke of Westminster) is the richest property developer and one of the largest landowner in the UK. Mount St had a humble  where a workhouse for the poor could be found until overcrowding caused the decision to move it to a new site in 1871.

sculpture berkeley sq

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Mount St Gardens


One could easily immerse themselves in beautiful sculptures dotted within the vicinity of the street or enjoy a stroll in the beautiful Mount St gardens. It was once a burial ground of St George's, an Anglican church on Hanover Square near Oxford Circus where the 28 year old Theodore Roosevelt married Edith Carow in 1886.

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Connaught Hotel



The Connaught Hotel can be found on the corner of Mount St and Carlos Place which is a pleasant stroll from Green Park tube station. The famed hotel was once called The Coburg Hotel after Prince Albert but changed its name to The Connaught in 1917 in honor of Prince Arthur, the third son of Queen Victoria and the Duke of Connaught.


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Fierce dominatrix heels from Christian Louboutin which I'm sure will garner plenty of attention.

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Flying the British flag. Heels by Michel Perry.


nicholas kirkwood
Mind blowing designs by Nicholas Kirkwood



lanvin


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goyard


I could spend all day gawking at the wondrous display of designer goods on offer. It's not difficult to imagine how one can easily blow £10K in one shopping spree. I'm afraid that is a rather far-fetched notion in my reality. Trunks from Goyard, anyone? If time travel exists, I would love to be a fly on the wall just to see how members of the peerage traveled a hundred years ago.


vivienne westwood
lalique


I was running late to catch up with my friends at our favorite New Zealand haunt - Sacred cafe at Ganton St, located just behind Liberty. As I made a mad dash down Conduit St, I couldn't help gawping at Vivienne Westwood's clutch - I love crap. How apt. That would describe the current contents of my handbag.

42 comments:

  1. One of my favourite London Streets,love this post.

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  2. Oh I love Mount Street! There's a yummy little cafe there across from Louboutin that we like. Did Goyard recently add a store there? Can't wait to go back to London, hopefully we can meet up M!

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    1. Kat, I was pretty surprised when I stumbled upon this Goyard store here. Needless to say, I attracted a lot of stares when I kept shooting the trunks :) For sure, we'll have to catch up when you're here!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous photos! Love the scenery pics as well as the detailed shots inside the store fronts - OMG, those CL heels are hot! :)

    xxTheresa

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    1. Thank you, Theresa :) Christian Louboutin constantly amazes me with the incredible designs he churns out.

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  4. Oh my goodness; just discovered your blog, I'm in love!
    I recently found a Goyard trunk at an antique store for $95!! I'm still in shock, it is so gorgeous....

    virginiaalamode.com

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    1. What a lovely thing to say! THank you. I'm speechless over your Goyard trunk purchase! $95!! Talk about the bargain of the century.

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  5. What gorgeous shots! I could happily spend all day wandering around there admiring the architecture, and window shopping. Would definitely have to leave home without a credit card! Hope you have a lovely week lined up!

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    1. Compared to Oxford Circus, this place was positively blissful to just stroll around and absorb the atmosphere. Oh yes, I agree about leaving the credit card at home. Much MUCH too dangerous to bring it along.

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  6. I LOVE all the photos! I love the sculpture and the architecture.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. It was a thrill and a once in a lifetime chance for us to see Prince Harry so we fought the crowds to be a part of it.

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    1. I'm so pleased you were able to see Prince Harry. That's definitely once in a lifetime opportunity

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  7. Oh my god, these photos are stunning! I mean, you make me want this to be my next vacation location!

    And oh boy, look at that Louboutin!

    oxo,

    ML
    www.twentyyork.com

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  8. Mount Street is one of my favourite streets in London. It's so pretty, especially around christmas time as the lights are so beautiful. There's something really romantic about that street. Not that I can afford to go in any of the shops though!

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    1. I'll keep that in mind when Christmas rolls around. I usually take my little girl to Oxford St to see the lights but I really hate the crowds there. Ah...you and I both. I just about passed out seeing some of the price tags.

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  9. Marvelous place!! Loved these photos! x

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  10. I think I've just died and gone to heaven! LOL M, thank you so much for doing this post. When I was researching Peggy Porschen cakes and her shop last year. I learned about Mayfair. It is beyond exquisite and your pictures showcase it. I LOVE seeing areas of London. Those shoes and handbags have me salivating. I wouldn't know how to act if I was there. HAHAHAHAHA Have a great week my friend! SUPERB POST! That kind of stuff is right up my alley. ((HUG))
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Kim, I'll hold your hand and restrain you should start hyperventilating!

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  11. I LOVE THOSE SHOES. I am capital letters serious right now.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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    1. I'd love to see anyone who can walk in those Loubies!

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  12. Gorgeous Pictures! Love the Goyard Store on Mount Street. Loved exploring this street. Oh how I miss London...

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  13. reading books set during victorian and edwardian london is my fave --- must visit london next year!!!!!

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    1. You'll have to if you're a fan of the 2 periods. I'm always in awe whenever I stumble upon a different part of London I've yet to explore.

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  14. I must visit this neighborhood! I especially love that beautiful Goyard display.

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    1. For sure! Remind me when I see you next to take you to Mount St. It has a completely different vibe to Oxford Circus (madhouse!)

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  15. I bought my Balenciaga bag from their store on Mount Street last Summer and had a look around! I would love to live there, great shops and beautiful architecture...sigh.

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    1. If I wasn't in such a hurry, I would loved to walk into Balenciaga and Lanvin. I guess that just means a second trip back to Mount St.

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  16. um. i die over those louboutins. i mean die. DIE. that is all. haha.

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  17. um i die for those louboutins. DIE. DYING. DIED. hahahahaha

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  18. i died so much i had to leave you two comments about how i was dying HAHAHA :p

    thank you so much for your concern hon!! you're the best :)

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    1. I figure those dominatrix heels will rock your boat :P

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  19. Gorgeous pictures. I love your photography:) Please continue to share.

    Mount Street is one of my favorite streets in London. I have good memories of shopping there with my mom when I was young. (For a while my family lived in Mayfair while on assignment in the UK).

    I agree with you about the trunks- such a glamorous way to travel.

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    1. You must've had a wonderful experience living in such a beautiful area. Thank you for the lovely compliment. More photos coming up!

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  20. those goyard trunks are divine!! i live near the only goyard store in the US and could not stop gawking whenever i go in to look. idk if i'd ever buy a trunk but mb a bag one day. hahaha mb i'll go for the trunk if i hv extra bags of money lying around LOL

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    1. Aren't they great? Those trunks definitely belong in the past but they're so beautiful. I'd love to get a Goyard bag someday. Not as recognizable as LV but just as wonderful

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  21. Gorgeous photo's. You make me miss London so much. I miss our little shopping trips. I'll have to plan another trip!

    xx Mandi
    www.findmeamuse.com

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    1. Mandi, I've missed our shopping trips! Please come back soon.

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