Shepherd Market is an elegant square of boutique shops, restaurants and traditional Victorian looking pubs. Located in the very heart of charming Mayfair. Popular on weekday Lunch times and evenings with those that work nearby. Also a relaxed place for visitors to browse the boutique stores or have lunch, Dinner and drinks at weekends. Shepherd Market is one of London’s real hidden gems.
The area remains secluded from the hustle of Piccadilly. Located between Green Park and Curzon Street. Multiple curved residential streets, alley ways and narrow passage ways provide easy access to Shepherd Market. However most entrance’s that lead the way look private or like a road to nowhere. So although in the very centre of London, and despite being in the very shadows of towering Park Lane Hotels, the only tourists that find it are lost.
Situated on a site historically open ground before London developed into the city we know today. The annual May fair from which Mayfair derives its name traditionally took place right here. It has nothing to do with sheep or sheep markets and is named after its architect. Architect Edward Shepherd originally developed the central square in 1735-46. Although significant development of the market and the surrounding streets continued well into the next century.
The boutique size of the stores, the narrow alley ways and passage ways that intersect the market give the area a vintage charm. It feels more like a village than part of a city. The numerous pubs and restaurants are the heart and soul of the Market and surrounding streets.
Café 10 shepherd street
I visited Shepherd Market on this occasion to get a coffee. Because there is also a handful of good cafés and coffee shops here. Today I tried Café 10 at 10 Shepherd Street. Café 10 is an amazing looking store. A coffee shop and café filled entirely with vintage and antique fixtures and furniture.
Café 10 serve a selection of food as well as drinks. The boutique size and vintage furnishings make it feel as if you are visiting a friend’s house rather than a coffee shop. A friends house with a commercial espresso machine and wonderful barista. Also the cafe is an amazing position to sit and watch the world go by in this very intriguing corner of London.
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