So I was lucky enough to be invited on a tour of Mayfair to explore and discover the beautiful buildings erected and influenced in the Art Deco style, to be followed by afternoon tea at The Dorchester hotel.
The tour started at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel where we then set off on our discovery around Mayfair.
Being the history lover that I am I got to learn some very interesting facts about Coco’ Chanel, Harry Gordon Selfridge and the Mitford Sisters who were in the height of Jazz Age period.
WHAT IS ART DECOR?
Art Deco is a style of architecture and design that first appeared in France in the early 1900s. You can identify a building that is Art Deco by their very geometrical patterns and shapes as well as the influences of Egyptian, Roman and Jazz symbols.
Carrington House beams with is Art Deco exterior and it is known as a luxury apartment building in the heart of Mayfair. Shame its out of my price range.
Bourdon House was once owned by the Duke of Westminster in the 1920s. This house played host to a scandalous love affair between The Duke and the infamous Coco Chanel. The Duke was head over heels with Coco (who wasn’t) and asked for her hand in marriage.
Her response you ask? “There are many duchesses but only one Coco Chanel” What a woman!
One of the most famous luxury hotels in London is Claridge’s. The hotel once stood as two separate hotel buildings known as the Mirvart’s hotel until the hotels next door neighbours, Mr & Mrs Claridge’s brought and merged the two buildings, creating the Claridge’s that we know today. Even the original art deco designs can still be seen in this hotel.
Lansdowne House was once the home to Gordon Selfridges. Yes that Mr Selfridges, the founder of Selfridges department store. In recent times the building now functions as a members club.
The Dorchester is an iconic hotel situation on Park Lane in London and has been a place I have been wanting to for the longest time so this was an opportunity I was most grateful for.
It really does show the height of luxury and it’s beauty and style took my breathe away.
We started off our afternoon tea with being offered a glass of Champagne.
We were then brought round a couple of selections of sandwiches which were incredibly tasteful and I ordered myself a pot of lovely Mint Green Tea.
I was so amazed by how above and beyond the staff and hotel went to make sure everyone’s food allergies, intolerance and preferences were catered for and that they took great care and consideration to make sure everyone was eating the correct food.
After the sandwiches we tried the beautiful pallet cleaning tea which tasted like honey and vanilla. I am now in love with this tea and now on a mission to find a similar one to have at home.
What afternoon tea isn’t complete without the scones. We were served one fruit and one plain scone which I managed to wolf down before even thinking about taking pictures. Oppss.
Then last but not least were the mini desserts. At this point I was already full to the brim but they were just so moreish I tried my best to eat them all.
I must say that I thoroughly enjoy the tour and afternoon tea. It made me realise just how much history and decadency London has to offer.
It would be a dream to win 6 million pounds so I could buy a house in Mayfair but alas living in Mayfair is a little bit far beyond my reach for now. I’m definitely going to be looking up Mayfair Hotels so I can explore more of this part of London while staying in one of the many buildings I came cross on my tour.
Are you thinking of spending some luxury time in Mayfair? I would love to know your plan.