The aristocracy departed their former cramped and outdated houses in
Soho, Whitehall, Holborn and the City and relocated westwards to the
new mansions, townhouses and green squares of Mayfair.
Of the initial 227 houses built, 117 had titled
owners. Dukes, duchesses, marquesses and earls rivalled each other
to secure the best houses and dress them in lavish style.
By 1850, the heart of the social scene was
Buckingham Palace, with the most sought-after mansions being in
Mayfair, now firmly London's top address; with Belgravia being the
next address of choice, and Pimlico being the least sought after
part of the Grosvenor family's estate - an almost 'middle class'
place for second sons, widowed aunts and less wealthy relations...