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Don’t Be a Sheep Be a Shepherd in Shepherd Market

April 10, 2021    |   Panny Antoniou

Nestled in the heart of Mayfair is Shepherd Market, a street steeped in history with a fascinating story to tell.

Shepherd Market is located between Curzon Street and Piccadilly and was developed between 1735-1746 by architect Edward Shepherd on what was once open ground previously used for the famous fair which Mayfair was named after. The site contained a two storey market with a theatre, a duck pond, and paved alleys. Today Shepherd Market features two squares, one with a northern recess. Shepherd Market has a long history and was a leading bohemian part of Mayfair with such creatives as theatrical designer Sophie Fedorovitch, writer Michael Arlen, novelist Anthony Powell, and poet Olivia Manning all calling the area home. In addition, Shepherd Market was well known during the mid-20th Century as the home of upmarket prostitutes and was at the centre of many political scandals including that of Jeffrey Archer, the then chair of the Conservative Party who allegedly first met the prostitute Monica Coghlan on Shepherd Market. Today, the area has shed it’s once seedy and lurid reputation to become one of the most sought after streets in Mayfair due to it’s beautiful paved pedestrianised areas.

There are a number of amenities in the area which is located a stone’s throw away from St James’ Park Underground Station providing access to the Circle and District Lines. In addition, the street itself is Grade I listed with a number of restaurants and other amenities including the Grade II listed Curzon Mayfair Cinema which has been described by Historic England as “the finest surviving cinema building of the post-war period”. Shepherd Market is a rare part of Mayfair in that unlike much of the district, it still retains a village feel with every little side street featuring a small independent shop, barber, or restaurant giving it it’s unique and quirky atmosphere.

Residential properties in the area are rarely available and highly sought after, we are therefore delighted to have a property for sale in this fantastic location!

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