Being in London for the last 4 years has given me the opportunity to discover that this large city is actually different “villages” together and its residents have grown a real neighbourhood life. Therefore I wanted to meet real Londoners and question them about their beloved area and what they like about it. I hope you will like it.
Today, we are meet my friend Babitta who lives in the heart of London and she presents Mayfair often a little known due to its closeness with the huge Oxford Street. And she’ll tell you a bit about the rest of London.
How long have you been living in London?
I have been living in the smoke for the past 10 years, and most recently in Mayfair for the last 2 years
Describe your perfect day/weekend in your neighborhood?
Mayfair – For one, Mayfair is the heart of London, you just cannot get more central. Secondly I found a beautiful little flat, an oasis of calm, on Gilbert Street amidst the chaos of Oxford Street.
Describe your perfect day/weekend in Mayfair?
Run in Hyde Park or yoga at Virgin Active Mayfair, cook brunch for friends or go out for brunch, movie at Curzon Cinema, afternoon tea at Rose Bakery/ drinks at Mews of Mayfair, dinner at Le Petit Maison …mmmmm
What is your best breakfast/brunch spot?
I often take my clients to the Wolseley, but personally i love to venture into Marylebone fora more relaxed brunch. The Tapa Room on Marylebone High Street should not be missed.
What is your favorite burger place?
Very difficult question, certainly a close tie between Patty&Bun and Meat Liquor
Can you share something that few people know about your area?
Jimi Hendrix used to live on Brook Street
What is your secret shopping address book?
- Apart from Selfridges being the shopping mecca on my doorstep, for the little luxuries
- Chocolates – Le Maison du Chocolate or Prestat
- Wine – Hedonism Wine
- Coffee – Taylor Street, Borough Barista, Workshop or Hunter & Gatherer
- Perfume – Jo Malone or Miller Harris
- Books - Mayfair houses two antique style book stores – Maggs
What are the things everyone should do absolutely?
There is a huge pop up culture in London e.g. future cinema and punchdrunk and Timeout London is a good source to track anything pop-up related. Most definitely, you cannot leave London without watching a play or visiting the markets such as Columbia Road flower market and Borough Market
Where are you going to admire London?
I like the panoramic night views of London, at places like Galvin at the Windows, are pretty spectacular
What is your favorite place for night-out?
Being a huge fan of speakeasies I often try to get out of Mayfair and head to places like Milk and Honey in Soho, Callooh Callay in Shoreditch, Purl in Marylebone …
What do you love about London?
You can never grow tired of this place…
Thanks a lot Babitta for all the cool addresses, I am going to test them soon!