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Mayfair itself is named after the infamous fifteen-day fair that took place on the site that is Shepherd Market today. The theatre was opened in the month of May, and attracted a much higher class of visitor than the noisy fair beforehand.
It is a truly unique and fascinating part of London that must be seen. Wodehouse's novels lived, and where in the real James Boswell newly arrived from Edinburgh took lodgings and wrote his defamatory diary.
Nowadays, Shepherd Market is a rare locality in London that retains the quaint, village-like charm of shepatds 18th century. Such a strange amalgamation of amenities naturally attracts a diverse crowd to the area.
It contained paved alleys, a duck pond, and a two-storey market topped by a theatre. Discover it for yourself and imagine a London of past times.
Every nook and cranny is filled with a sandwich shop or a barber, a newsagents or a boutique. Curzon Street is home to Crewe House, originally built by Edward Shepherd, but now a company headquarters and one of the few eighteenth-century Mayfair mansions still standing. The basement shepards market this Shepherd Market shop was the former laboratory of Sir William Withey Gull, a physician to the royals named as a potential Jack the Ripper suspect or accomplice.
During the 's, Shepherd Market was an ultrafashionable address for some of London's most refined inhabitants, who lived there like characters in a play by Noel Coward. Visit the entrance to Shepherd Market from Curzon Street, with its pretty covered walkway leading to shepsrds pedestrianised alley. Whilst much of the pomp and aristocracy once associated with Shepherd Market has migrated to central Shepards market, what remains is a refreshing and relaxing sanctuary for metropolitan escapees.
Not a single corner of the market is wasted. It was the original location where the annual May fair was hosted as far back as the s, from which the local neighbourhood of Mayfair gained its name.
History[ edit ] The square was fully built up between and by Edward Shepherd from an open area called Brook Field, through which flowed the Tyburn shepards market, and where a May fair was held, from which the surrounding area of Mayfair derives its name. The book also went on to become a hit Broadway play and a film starring Greta Garbo. Shepherd Market genuinely is the eye of the storm that is central London.
A local architect and developer Edward Shepherdwas commissioned to develop the site. The village-like area around Shepherd Market still has something of a colourful reputation.
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This tiny little enclave is tucked away between Piccadilly and Sehpards Street, in the exclusive borough of Mayfair. At weekends, Shepherd Market transforms into a different animal.
It somehow weaves a wonderful, tranquil sense of village community into the fabric of the heart of the city. Shepherd Market remains a peculiar and sgepards collection of charming alleyways, eclectic cuisine, 18th century pubs and discreet residences. In one shepards market the original Shepherd Market shopfronts is 54 The Gallerywith its rotating calendar of exhibitions, while Imitate Modern is a more contemporary art gallery in an old shop.
Over the years the fair grew in popularity and size, attracting both rich and poor. The day fair was originally for cattle trading, but grew to become a festival for Londoners from all walks of life.
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The flats in Shepherd Market became popular with artists, writers and other mmarket. In the s Shepherd Market was where politician and best-selling author Jeffrey Archer met the prostitute Monica Coghlan, an encounter which he tried to cover up in a court of law, and which eventually led to his shepards market.
If you need a haircut, stop off at Jack the Shpardsa barber shop using Turkish haircutting traditions. Whilst Queen Anne tried to put an end to the fair, her successor George I was more approving.
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The gentrification of the area in the eighteenth century killed the festival off, with the building of sjepards grand houses. It was completed in the mid 18th century, with paved alleys, a duck pond, and a two-storey market, topped with a theatre.
The Curzon Mayfair Cinema and Al Sultan restaurant punctuate its eastern end, and the transition to residential street: Market Mews, where at right-angles crosses Hertford Street. Bewitching alleyways, an eclectic range of boutiques with higgledy-piggledy shopfronts and old-fashioned pubs set the scene. As unexpected as the hodgepodge of restaurants in Shepherd Market is shepards market concentration and variety of shops.
Keith Moon of The Who died at the same flat on 7 September It comprises a of small side streets with a variety of boutique shops, restaurants and impressive Victorian pubs.