Do you know anything about Flemings’ colourful Mayfair history? We thought you might like to know more about our boutique London hotel – and the journey Flemings has been on over the centuries!
When Robert Fleming founded the hotel in 1851, Mayfair was quite a different place!
Going back a few hundred years, what is now Mayfair was mostly farmland. The River Tyburn, which is now concealed below London’s streets, ran through the area. The open fields were home to an annual 14-day May Fair centered on what is now one of our favourite parts of Mayfair, Shepherd Market.
The May Fair featured jugglers and puppeteers as well as sale of livestock. However, the fair was banned in 1708 due to ‘boisterous’ behaviour!
Fast forward to the 18th century and Mayfair was establishing itself as a fashionable residential district, notably developed by the Grosvenor family.
Robert Fleming, the man himself, was born in 1820 to William Fleming. Robert worked as a servant and valet to the Marquis & Marchioness of Angelsey at 1 Old Burlington Street in London – perfect training for running a top class Mayfair hotel.
Robert then ran a lodging house at 10 Half Moon Street, which he expanded after taking over 9 Half Moon Street, and so on!
Half Moon Street is named after the Half Moon public house on the corner where James Boswell, famed for his biography of Samuel Johnson, lodged in 1768.
Half Moon Street is also where the fictional Wooster – of P. G. Wodehouse’s novels – lived with his valet Jeeves.
Today Flemings is a unique boutique Mayfair hotel, consisting of 6 interconnecting Georgian townhouses bordering Half Moon Street and Clarges Street. We’re just near Green Park station – come and say hi!