north audley street and south audley street, mayfair: a local's guide

Mayfairs’s streets are a treasure trove of hidden gems and history. North Audley Street and South Audley Street are no exception. Offering a blend of unique shops, fine dining, and gorgeous architecture, join us as we give you the local lowdown on North and South Audley Street.

Where is Audley Street, Mayfair?

North Audley Street and South Audley Street are found in the western end of Mayfair, close to Hyde Park. The streets are separated by Grosvenor Square, a tranquil green space amidst the bustling city, and the centrepiece of the Grosvenor family’s Mayfair estate. All postcodes in Mayfair, including those of North and South Audley Street, start with W1.

The famous North and South Audley Street

Where did the name Audley Street come from?

Born in the 1570s, Hugh Audley was a moneylender, lawyer and philosopher, famed for amassing great wealth through his canny business investments. About a century later in 1677, Sir Thomas Grosvenor – a member of the famed landowning family – married Audley’s great-granddaughter Mary Davies. Davies was heiress to the manor of Ebury which included the meadow, marsh, and pasture lands to the west of the City of London. This marriage brought the land, today encompassing North and South Audley Street, into the Grosvernor families’ ownership. Thus, the name Audley Street was chosen to honour the original landowner.

A brief history of North and South Audley Street

Originally built as housing in the 1720s, North Audley Street in Mayfair became a favourite location for tradesmen and shopkeepers by the 1790s. The street was home to greengrocers, butchers, bakers, saddlers, carpenters, and coal dealers. Visitors should keep an eye out for the roundels embedded in the pavement, installed by the Grosvenor Estate in 2011-12, which indicate the locations of previous tradesmen’s workshops.

Notable residents

Though historically home to tradesmen, both North and South Audley Street have seen their fair share of famous residents. Ivor Churchill, son of the 9th Duke of Marlborough, lived at 12

North Audley Street in 1921. According to E. Beresford Chancellor, North Audley Street was home to “at various times, quite a bevy of notable ladies.” She goes on to list novelist Maria Edgeworth as well as the Berry sisters, famed Regency-era socialites, as past residents.

Past inhabitants of South Audley Street include Lord John Russell, prime minister and reformer, and Louis XVIII, the last Bourbon king of France, who lived there in exile during Napoleon’s reign.

Grand buildings

Chesterfield House, Bute House, and Alington House are just some of the historic grand buildings that can be found on North and South Audley Street. The University Women’s Club, located at  2 Audley Street, was founded in 1883 and is one of the oldest non-male clubs in the UK. The Nehru Centre, located at 8 South Audley Street, serves as the cultural wing of The High Commission of India in the UK. The building was once home to Adolphus Frederick, H.R.H. The Duke of Cambridge. The Grosvenor Chapel – the only remaining original property on the north part of the street – is a Grade II-listed chapel.

Audley Street in popular culture

Mayfair’s North and South Audley Street have also made a mark in popular culture. The exterior of 78 South Audley Street was used as Charlotte Inwood’s house in Alfred Hitchcock’s Stage Fright. The wedding scene between Juliet (Kiera Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) in Love Actually was filmed at the Grosvenor Chapel.

EON Productions, the company behind the James Bond films, had its first address at 2 South Audley Street. It’s where the author of the original books Ian Fleming would have discussed the very first Bond film, Dr. No, in 1962. The corner of Grosvenor Square and South Audley Street appears in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and South Audley Street is mentioned in Robert Galbraith’s The Ink Black Heart.

The Audley Public House at the corner of South Audley Street and Mount Street. Photo: Greg Morrison

Things to do

Places to eat

North Audley Street boasts some of Mayfair’s most popular dining spots, offering a diverse selection of food, drink and dining experiences.

Mercato Mayfair: This sustainable food hall is a cultural hub filled with an array of authentic food options, all housed in a beautifully restored church. It features sixteen vendors including a wine bar, distillery, and brewery. 

Bibi: An award-winning fine-dining Indian restaurant led by Chef Patron Chet Sharma. Bibi won GQ Restaurant of the Year in 2022. 

The Ivy Asia: A recent extension of the popular Ivy chain, The Ivy Asia Mayfair offers Asian cuisine with dishes from across the continent. 

ROKA Mayfair: Specialising in Robata grill cuisine, ROKA offers a range of marinated fish, meats, and delicately grilled vegetables, along with sashimi and maki. 

Mayfair Chippy: Known for being the self-proclaimed poshest fish & chips in town, this restaurant also offers a variety of starters, oysters, mussels, and grilled fish, all paired with an extensive wine and gin list. 

The Audley Public House: A traditional London neighbourhood pub located at the corner of South Audley Street and Mount Street. Look out for the remarkable art collection, including a site-specific installation created by the late artist Phyllida Barlow. 

For more inspiration on where to eat in Mayfair, head over to our ultimate guide to the best restaurants in Mayfair.

The interior of Bibi, which won GQ Restaurant of the Year in 2022. Photo: Bibi
The interior of Bibi, which won GQ Restaurant of the Year in 2022. Photo: Bibi
The exterior of the Mayfair Chippy. Photo: Greg Morrison

The exterior of the Mayfair Chippy. Photo: Greg Morrison


Farm Shop, Mayfair: Located in a beautifully refurbished heritage building, this charming store provides a blend of fresh produce, artisanal goods, and crafted delicacies. Shoppers can choose from a robust selection of organic fruits, vegetables and gourmet cheeses. Don’t miss out on sampling a glass of something delicious at their wine bar. 

Bremont: This British watchmaker is celebrated for its meticulously crafted timepieces that blend tradition with innovation. Bremont’s boutique on Audley Street allows horological aficionados to explore a diverse range of limited-edition watches and exclusive collections. 

Mayfair Gallery: Located on Davies Street, Mayfair Gallery specialises in antique furniture and decorative items from the 18th and 19th centuries. Their collection includes exceptional pieces sourced from Europe and Asia, making it a must-visit for antique enthusiasts. 

ERDEM Mayfair Boutique: Fashion lovers can indulge in designer shopping at the ERDEM Mayfair Boutique. Known for his romantic and ethereal designs, Erdem Moralioglu’s flagship store is a treasure trove of elegant dresses, statement coats, and intricate accessories. 

James Purdey & Sons Ltd: After 50 years on Oxford Street, the company moved to 57-58 South Audley Street in 1883. The iconic gun and rifle maker has been based in Mayfair ever since. Visitors can marvel at the craftsmanship of their bespoke wares and learn about the brand’s rich history. 

Getting to North and South Audley Street

Audley Street is easily accessible via public transportation. The nearest tube stations are Bond Street and Marble Arch, both within walking distance. Several bus routes (including the 7, 10 and 137) service the area, making it convenient for visitors and residents alike. With the weather in your favour, the area is eminently walkable, and London’s iconic black cabs are always on hand for those looking for a more direct route.

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