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I loved this walk immensely. I am writing this post after having done two walks since, and I still get a big smile when I think about this one.
I went into Mayfair with a lot of ideas about what the day would be like and I was totally wrong. I learned two big things: Mayfair isn’t as snobby as you might think and there is art everywhere. I had no idea about either of those things.
Compared to the rest of the West End, I have spent much less time in Mayfair than anywhere else almost entirely based on the fact that I thought I wouldn’t feel welcome here, walking around being my totally average self. I hate shopping, I don’t wear heels, I don’t seek out sparkly things, I never wear makeup, I have never been in a Bentley and I certainly carry my own luggage when I travel, normally on my back.
For those reasons, I have avoided a lot of this area and that was really lame of me to do. One of the things I love best about London is that I really rarely feel judged or unwelcome. I walk confidently into places feeling like I have a right to be there. Rather than get a turned up nose from the staff, I end up chatting with them, learning a lot and laughing a lot. So I don’t know why I was so worried that this part of town would really be different. I broke my rule of “If something intrigues you, check it out” because I was so worried I would be judged and gently escorted out. Silly me. I’m happy to have learned my lesson. Continue reading