North Mayfair is home to foodie hotspot North Audley Street, a must-visit area just off Oxford Street near Bond Street tube station. North Audley Street's star attractions include Mercato Mayfair, a sustainable street food hall housed within a beautiful old church; contemporary Indian restaurant Bibi; and The Ivy Asia and much more. Read more about the street below.
At London House we pride ourselves on our knowledge and love for London and its ever transforming and growing nature. Our knowledge and passion for the city, its villages, its nuances, and its hidden gems is unsurpassed. This week we look at foodie hotspot North Audley Street.
North Audley street offers many eclectic and diverse restaurants and eateries. From fresh pasta to artfully plated brunch and some of the chicest cocktails in town, it is fast becoming one of the capital’s dining hotspots. Whether you fancy a laid-back brunch or fine-dining, there’s a mouth-watering choice of places to eat and drink, with its vibrant mix of restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and cocktail bars. See a list of some of our top picks below.
North Audley Street is home to Mercato Mayfair a Grade I listed, deconsecrated church in Mayfair celebrated as one of the finest examples of 19th century Greek revival architecture in London, that once counted President Dwight Eisenhower amongst its regulars. Sandwiched snugly and somewhat incongruously between two grand mansions, St. Mark’s was built in the 1820s, became the unofficial ‘American church’ during WWII, fell out of use in the ’70s, lay abandoned for 20 years, and was mooted to become a wellness centre before Lady Sainsbury (of “Sainsbury’s” fame) campaigned against it.
Deconsecrated in 1974, St Mark’s on North Audley Street is now one of our cultural hubs of sustainable authentic food, offering two floors of worldwide cuisine, a rooftop terrace, wine cellar and community space. After spending 30 years on England’s Historic Heritage Risk Register, St Mark’s Grade 1-listed building is part of a two-year £5 million restoration by Grosvenor estates, successfully repairing and reviving the building’s heritage features, giving a new lease of life to this Grade 1 Listed, former church in Mayfair.
Other foodie hotspots include Ivy Asia, which opened this year. A beautifully balanced blend of the past and the present, The Ivy Asia, Mayfair is furnished with a flair for the extraordinary. From the dazzling, green stone floor to the stunning antique décor on display, it’s designed to wow from the moment you enter until it’s time to leave. Whether dining at their dedicated sushi bar, or sitting in their main restaurant in the shade of no fewer than 12 beautiful cherry blossom trees, you’ll find sensational dishes from a menu as rich and diverse as the unique cultures that span the continent of Asia. It’s a taste of Asia in the heart of Mayfair.
If you feel like Indian food, look no further then contemporary Indian Restaurant BiBi. BiBi, which means ‘the lady of the house’, is a modern restaurant serving chaat and grills perfect for sharing. BiBi embraces the full multicultural span of Indian cuisine, while also drawing on the years Sharma has spent cooking and sourcing ingredients for some of the most esteemed Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK.
If you fancy Japanese cuisine you must visit Roka. Bringing its unique style of contemporary Japanese cuisine to Mayfair, the restaurant, with its showcase Robata Cooking Station situated right in the centre of the Restaurant, serves up a delicious selection of Japanese Robatayaki cuisine – slow grilled skewer cooking.
With its eclectic array of restaurants, offering cuisines from around the world, it is clear that North Audley Street embodies and resonates with the wider contemporary culture of London, a city that thrives on diversity and uniqueness. It celebrates the city's every expanding and growing nature - we highly recommend a visit!