If you are new to London you probably already know all about Oxford Street, Regent Street and all the famous central areas, which are always crowded and hectic. In all this chaos you might easily miss Mayfair’s hidden jewel, Shepherd Market, located where the original Mayfair village as well as the home of the May Fair used to be.
The market itself is now a booming destination for shopping and art, while offering a variety of pubs and bars. Some notable mentions include Bank Robbers Gallery (where you are sure to find a Damien Hirst or a Banksy), jewellers J&C Martin (where you can get bespoke engagement rings) and restaurant Kitty Fisher’s (co-owned by Tim Steel, actor Oliver Milburn and Samantha Cameron’s brother-in-law Tom Mullion).
We visited the market earlier this month, when the Christmas lights were turned on by Elizabeth Hurley, Oliver Milburn’s costar in Royals, and saw the atmosphere of the market first hand.
Impressively, over 68 businesses came together in celebration to create a festive atmosphere and show that they are truly a small community that works together, something that is not as commonly seen nowadays.
The goal of the evening was to gather money for St Mungo’s, a charity that helps the homeless and definitely makes a huge difference in their lives. The representative of the charity even shared some personal stories of the people they have helped and how they managed to turn their lives around.
Even the event’s sponsors, Pastor Real Estate, used this opportunity to advance St Mungo’s case in a passionate speech about the charity and how the entire Shepherd Market community has come together in this event for a good cause.
The festive atmosphere was topped off with vintage style Christmas songs by female trio The Spinettes, who made everyone feel the magic of Christmas.
Unsurprisingly, Shepherd Market managed to make a big statement this holiday season and placed itself firmly on the radar of places to go for drinks, with quality bars and shopping.
Do not be surprised if you see a few of January socials in Hatchett’s and Shepherd Tavern, because we loved them that much. Make sure to sign up and keep an eye out for them.