Over the years, the May Fair became rife with overexuberance and disorder. It was finally banned in 1764 and local architect Edward Shepherd was tasked with redeveloping the district with grand houses in the place of the iniquitous taverns. The centrepiece was a two-storey market topped with a theatre which attracted a much higher class of visitor, with which Shepherd Market is associated today. Very quickly, Mayfair became the most fashionable of addresses, its appeal being further elevated in the 19th and 20th centuries, with regular high society references in the works of Oscar Wilde, P. G. Wodehouse, Virginia Woolf and Noel Coward. Such history on our doorstep is from where we have taken inspiration for our particular celebration of gin, the spirit of choice at The Arch Bar, here at InterContinental London Park Lane. Historical anecdotes compliment descriptions of each of our signature cocktails and our bar team, led by the ever-enthusiastic Stefano Filistad, has a million unprintable stories to tell from this foregone era. And if you want to be thrown back to a time that celebrates Mayfair and an age gone by, come along to one of our regular Gin & Jazz evenings, (ginandjazz.com), to experience what has been drawing those that enjoy the finer things in life to our doorstep for many centuries.
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