"Shepherd Market" Shepherd Market Tip by KennetRose

Shepherd Market, London: 2 reviews and 2 photos

  Shepherd Market
by KennetRose

Between Piccadilly and Curzon Street you'll find this neglected spot, full of character, cafés and pubs.

For hundreds of years, Shepherd Market was the site of a fair in May every year, and the name May Fair (or just Mayfair) stuck to the whole area bounded by Piccadilly, Park Lane, Oxford Road and Regent Street. Mayfair - the most expensive property on the London Monopoly board, is a byword for rich exclusivity. This is where the airlines and the Rolls Royce dealers have their offices, where the exclusive hotels are, and where the idle rich live in amusing mews cottages.

Shepherd Market is an anomaly though. Historically it was the gathering place for those who serviced the rich - the domestics and the prostitutes. There are enough real people here today to keep the pubs and cafés lively.

This is one of the places I like to head for to sit in peace and quiet over a coffee or a pint, when London gets a bit much.

(I have to say that when I went back in November 2002 to take some pictures, Shepherd Market had been very much "discovered" and gone upmarket, thereby losing much of its former charm. Disappointing, but inevitable, I guess).

Address: Shepherd Market, W1
Directions: Green Park tube
Website: http://www.shepherdmarket.co.uk/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 25, 2002
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