TRIVIA TRAIL # 15: MAYFAIR

Monopoly Money (1)

Question: Why is Mayfair the most expensive property on a British Monopoly board?
Answer: Because you have to have a LOT of money to live there. Close to the famous Hyde Park, the section of London known as Mayfair is between Regent Street, Piccadilly, Park Lane, and Oxford Street, but also boasts several other very well-known streets, among them Curzon Street, Grosvenor Street, and Berkley Square. Mayfair residents (which once included Benjamin Disraeli, Florence Nightingale, George Frideric Handel, and assorted other famous people) have the most exclusive addresses in London. Five-star hotels like Claridges and the Dorchester are located in Mayfair as well, as are numerous fancy restaurants and expensive shops.
Not bad for a place that was once just a bunch of fields on which the annual ‘May Fair’ was held from the reign of Edward I (1272-1307) until 1764, when it was forced to relocate to Fair Field in Bow because the high-class personages who had started moving into the Mayfair area in the mid-17th century thought people milling around eating sausages and gingerbread and enjoying jugglers, puppeteers, swings, roundabouts, and gambling tables for a whole fortnight lowered the tone of the neighbourhood.

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