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The Private Lives of Mayfair

The richness of Mayfair’s extraordinary history is brought to life in 28 engrossing chapters spanning almost 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.

The Private Lives of Mayfair contains a wealth of fascinating archival material, and 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.

Through its multiplicity of characters, scene-setting and incident, The Private Lives of Mayfair achieves what the Guardian’s ‘Author, Author’ columnist Colin Thubron describes as ‘the elusive concept of evoking the spirit of a place’.

Peter Thompson Buy