Mayfair: The Home of British Art
Home to renowned auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s, Mayfair and neighbouring St James have long been the home of art in London. Located within walking distance of Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane are some of the capital’s leading galleries. From smaller spaces focussing on the Old Masters to international names showcasing upcoming talent, there is art aplenty for both established and budding collectors alike.
Cross Piccadilly into St James to head to the David Gill Gallery on the corner of Duke Street and King Street. Gill, a pioneer of limited-edition furniture design, produced some of Zaha Hadid’s first collections and championed designers now renowned the world over, such as Tom Dixon and Ron Arad.
Just moments away in an enclosed courtyard of off Duke Street is the White Cube. Founded in 2006 by Jay Jopling – credited with launching the Young British Artists such as Damien Hirst and Tracy Emin – the gallery was the first free-standing structure to be built in this historic St James area in more than 30 years and regularly houses a range of exhibitions by international artists.
The only gallery focusing exclusively on Dutch and Flemish Old Master paintings, the Johnny Van Haeften Gallery, also on Duke Street, may be small but its collection sure packs a punch. Its inventory includes magnificent works by artists such as Pieter Brueghel the Younger.
Retrace your steps and head back to Savile Row where at number 23, Hauser & Wirth has its London home. Two vast gallery spaces offer a striking backdrop for many of its ground-breaking exhibitions.
Next make your way to Cork Street for a visit to The Redfern Gallery. This leading force in modern and contemporary art was founded in 1923 as an artists’ co-operative and is now one of London’s longest-established commercial galleries. Over the years, the Redfern has hosted exhibitions by Henry Moore, Paul Delvaux and Alexej von Jawlensky to name but a few.
Walking back to Four Seasons Hotel London at park Lane, make sure to stop by Grafton Street where a beautiful Georgian townhouse is home to the David Zwirner Gallery – the first European location for the renowned New York–based art dealer. The building, which once housed Helena Rubinstein’s first spa and beauty clinic, has been beautifully transformed across its five floors with its main exhibition spaces across three levels. British artist Bridget Riley was the first to exhibit in the space following its 2014 opening.