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Mayfair

Queen Street is in the heart of Mayfair, a one way street running north between Curzon Street and Charles Street. It is close to Berkeley Square, Grosvenor Square and the wide open green spaces of Hyde Park, Green Park and St. James's Park.

Recognised the world over as one of London's most desirable addresses, Mayfair takes its name from the annual May Fair, which took place between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries in what used to be, at that time, open fields. The May Fair would run for fifteen days and people would travel from all over to see spectacles, puppet shows and jugglers, as well as to eat and make merry. Too much of the latter eventually led to the May Fair's demise, with wealthy and influential residents growing tired of the marauding throngs, and so the area began to be developed by the wealthy.

Over the next hundred years or so, magnificent squares and townhouses were built, resulting in an impressive mix of Georgian and Victorian architecture which can still be seen today. Damage during the Second World War was not extensive, and many of the original buildings in Mayfair remain unscathed. During the twentieth century, many were converted for office use. Much of Mayfair is still owned by landed estates including the Crown Estate and the Grosvenor Estate, and development in the Mayfair Conservation Area is carefully managed. At the time Queen Street was developed, around 1750, it straddled two aristocratic estates, that of Lord Berkeley of Stratton to the north and Lord Nathaniel Curzon to the south