|Gerald Cavendish 6th Duke of Westminster
It's August 2016 and one of the richest men in the world died. His billions could not protect him from a sudden and unexpected heart attack at the age of 64. He was Major General Gerald Cavendish, 6th Duke of Westminster. His inherited fortune was based upon his extensive ownership of real estate. The jewel in his crown was his collection of properties in Mayfair, an area of Central London containing the most valuable real estate to be found anywhere.
Mayfair is rectangular in shape and is little more than one square mile in area. Its boundaries are defined by four of London's busiest and most famous streets. They are Oxford Street in the north, Park Lane in the west, Piccadilly in the south and Regent Street in the east.
64 New Bond Street
While The Westbury is today a fine 5-star hotel with an award winning restaurant, it is merely one of Mayfair's many world famous hotels. Had I walked west along Brook Street after leaving the office, I would soon have reached Claridges Hotel.
We continue our walk along Brook Street and, after passing by Claridges and crossing over Davies Street, it leads us into a great square named after Mary's husband. Grosvenor Square is known for good and for bad.
US Embassy in Grosvenor Square
|Statue of Franklin D. Roosevelt
7 N Audley Street US Navy Headquarters
Pat gave birth to our daughters in 1981 and 1982 and where did we have them baptized - in Mayfair of course, at the beautiful Farm Street Church.
|(Left) Inside Farm Street Church (Right) Exterior
There is so much about Mayfair that I have left unmentioned. There is no space to tell of the night clubs and casinos, the great mansions and the leafy squares. There are cozy pubs and fashionable mews dwellings converted from the days when horses were kept there.
|Shepherds Tavern in Shepherds Market
This piece, written by Bob, originally appeared on our website September 9, 2016.