The return of our May Fayre, inspired by the infamous annual festival that took place around Brook Street in the 18th century, and gave Mayfair its name.
You are cordially invited to our upcoming after-hours event, bringing one of London’s lewdest and most shocking fairs of the 18th century back to life. Expect a fascinating evening of Baroque music, drama and intrigue to celebrate this wilder side of Mayfair’s past.
From its humble origins as a celebration of St. James' feast day during Edward I's reign to the salacious reasons why it was banned under George I in 1764, discover the history behind the notorious fair that was held only a few streets away from Handel's house.
Spend the night just as Handel's contemporaries would have done, exploring the property and revelling in activities ranging from folk music to life-drawing lessons to opera. Enjoy Hanoverian hospitality at our pop-up bar in the very rooms that Handel himself would have entertained his guests.
Whether you are looking to uncover the truth behind the annual fair’s puppet be-headings and killer brawls, or simply eager to see Handel’s house come back to life for yourself, this event is sure not to disappoint.
Friday 17th of May, 2019
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM