Flemings Mayfair can be found nestled away from the hustle of London life on Half Moon Street, a place that has captured the imagination of some of the most enduring talents of English Literature. Writers have found encapsulated in the location the essence of elegant Mayfair and taking a trip down this literary memory lane promises meetings with some fascinating characters.
First enter the flamboyant world of Oscar Wilde’s London, the street was the setting for the first act of Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest, the scene is the morning room of Algernon Moncrieff’s flat on Half Moon Street and the room is luxuriously and artistically furnished. Walking into the front room at Flemings is like stepping into Wilde’s opulent imagination.
If upon entering the Front Room at Flemings you were to find Algernon Moncrieff, he may well be accompanied by another renowned Half Moon Street resident, one half of P.G. Wodehouse’s timeless London Duo, Bertie Wooster who lived in the street with his faithful “Gentleman’s Gentleman” Jeeves.
It is not only the writers of fiction who have been taken with the Mayfair address. James Boswell dwelt in the street, author of the definitive biography of the grand sire of London life and knowledge, Samuel Johnson. Boswell’s Life of Johnson is the unsurpassed exemplar of biographical writing in the English language. It was Samuel Johnson who compiled the first dictionary and Boswell’s biography lives up to the towering stature of the man it details, displaying an unrivalled authority on its subject.
These colourful residents are suitable neighbours and would find themselves at home in the sumptuous surroundings of Flemings’ Hotel where the elegance of Wilde’s and Wooster’s worlds mingles with the richness of a special insider knowledge of the history and culture of Mayfair. So, for a glimpse of the rich Mayfair world and an insiders’ knowledge of London life, step into the hotel on Half Moon Street and experience Flemings’ Life of Mayfairfor yourself!