Second appointment with the London Villages… As announced on the website and online, second week… village number 2.
This is Shepherd Market in the words of Zena Alkayat:
Laid out by architect Edward Shepherd in 1735, the secluded streets of Mayfair’s Shepherd Market have been privy to some salacious goings-on overt the centuries, and a slightly seedy atmosphere still lingers in its narrow network of passageways. The village’s historic associations with prostitution, however, are muted by its central location and its attractive chocolate-box facade.
Intrigued by this preamble I embarked on the journey to discover what little gems hide in this village’s streets. Busy overcast/sunny day in metropolitan London, true to its touristy season, I opted for a bus ride to Hyde Park Corner. Today I traded my exploring companion with Raj, avid explorer of the city and alike excited to visit these ‘secluded’ streets. Oh and better be ‘java’ sorted 😉
Head towards Piccadilly on Piccadilly Road… you won’t miss these ‘giants’…
Preferred route is the under passage, it could take awhile if you try crossing Piccadilly Road!
We entered the village via White Horse Street and the description given by Zena in the ‘Villages of London’ came to mind, here is why… dark brick walls with lamp posts…
Luckily that eery look opens up to Shepherd Street and the King’s Arms pub in the corner is welcoming in appearance. Just across the road though is another of those shops that warns you to …be on your guard… the Bankrobber!
Very happy to see a couple of shops that have been in their original location for a long time… Cobblers and Indian restaurant Taj Mahal.
Following the pretty and narrow alleys we pass by a cigar shop on Trebeck street and a sign informing visitors of the Original location of May Fair.
Plenty of restaurants as author Zena Alkayat describes, make this area an al-fresco location in nice weather; some of interesting cuisines mix!
Making our way through the narrow streets of laid out restaurants tables we come to a small square with a large tree for shade and two typical London telephone boxes. Shepherd Market W1.
Exit the small square via the gallery, which is worth a stop for those of you admiring jewellery… J&J Martin is there, and you are on Curzon Street quiet obvious and imposing is the Church of Scientology.
Gentlemen are pampered around this area and it seems they have for many years, a hairdresser shop stylish as GF Trumper (est. 1875) is on Curzon street and a famous barber shop ‘Jack the clipper’ is close by.
On Curzon street the first cinema opened in 1934 The Curzon, this has been one of the first cinemas to import international films in the UK. In 1735 just as architect E. Shepherd was developing the area the Shepherds Tavern opened its doors.
As evening descend this little alleys take more life for entertainment and happy boozing! I wasn’t there to witness but this is a lovely and cozy part of town and I recommend visiting it. Walking in the surrounding streets I was captured by the gorgeous residences and I found few other interesting facts about this area.
Writer Nancy Mitford worked in this area and King William IV (the Sailor King) lived in this village before he became king. Plaques on the respective buildings remind us of these historical facts.
These gorgeous brick homes remind me of Philadelphia…
To end this photographic tour we headed for a pub lunch on Mount Street, what a treat!
I hope you enjoyed this virtual journey. Continue to follow me and my explorer companion for the next Village of London… Find out more here.