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Sunday, 18 January 2009

Mayfair

This area is the dark blue one on the monopoly board. Earns you £400 rent if you land on it. However if you live there you are more likely to pay £3,500 per week to live there.

The English were very imaginative when naming areas. Mayfair was so named because of the May Fair held there for a fortnight every year until it was banned in 1764. It seems it upset the new locals like the Earl of Coventry, who complained about the noise. They won their argument and thus began what would become the wealthiest real estate in the world.

14 comments:

JM said...

Wow! This is SO London! :-)

/t. said...

perfect!

absolutely beautiful

/t.

Sharon said...

I get a magazine called "The Week" which is weekly review of all the news. Every week they feature a two page photo spread of properties for sale usually by some theme like, colonial houses, houses with a view. This week they featured London Flats. They have one for sale in Mayfair. A 3 bedroom, apartment on two floors going for $7,200,000. Very pricey!

Ruela said...

London calling ;)

White Oleander said...

I love those houses.

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

I love that you captured the gentleman (a doorman?)...so telling of the area.

Julie said...

Very beautiful, but somehow I don't think I would like to live in one of them.

I ♥ NY said...

this photograph makes me smile :)

Peter said...

... and you forgot about the Rolls and the Bentleys in the street! :-)

Of course no "normal" person can today afford to live here, but it's so wonderfully British and so nice to see. The international headquarters of the company I was working for were in this area and I used to have some nice walks around (the time of a cigarette)!

marley said...

When we were in London the taxi took us through this area. Talk about out of my league!

Is that chap with the top hat a doorman?

The Lone Beader said...

Wow. That's an astronomical amount of money!

lunarossa said...

Fascinating! I usually aim to buy "Mayfair" asap when I play Monopoly. If I manage I usually wein the game. But that's the only thing I could afford! Ciao. Antonella

Babooshka said...

It is another very expensive world.

George Townboy said...

Fantastic shot!

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