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The Private Lives of Mayfair

By Peter Thompson and Marcella Evaristi

The secret history of one of the most exclusive areas in the world.

On the edge of Hyde Park, Mayfair is one of the most exclusive and expensive areas in the world. Its extraordinary history is brought to life here spanning 350 years. From the Earl of Clarendon’s sacking as Charles II’s Lord Chancellor in 1667 to Lord Byron’s disgrace in 1816 to the most famous concert in the history of rock music, The Beatles’ farewell gig in January 1969 on the rooftop of 3 Savile Row, and beyond to the present day.

With specially commissioned photographs and fascinating new archival material, no other book has attempted such a compelling study of the square mile bordered by Park Lane, Piccadilly, Regent Street and Oxford Street, and the people who inhabit it.

Mayfair: The Secret History is a fascinating study described by The Guardian as ‘the elusive concept of evoking a spirit of a place’.

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