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Luxury Courtyard Set to Open to Public in London’s Mayfair

Commercial People has learned that Great Portland Estates plc (GPE) is due to open a new 8,400 sq ft public space in London’s Mayfair later this month.

Situated in the centre of GPE’s 221,500 mixed-use scheme Hanover, the Medici Courtyard will be one of the first public courtyards to open in Mayfair for more than a century.

The newly created courtyard opens as the 1.3-acre Hanover development (which also houses one of Mayfair’s last surviving Grade II-listed buildings, Hanover Square) prepares to welcome a string of new retailers and occupiers including the likes of luxury footwear designer, Jimmy Choo.

Other leading retailers that have already taken space within the development’s retail spaces include Britain’s oldest florist Moyses Stevens (also the only florist to hold a Royal Warrant) and Pronovias, the global luxury bridal brand who will be debuting their new ‘Vera Wang Bride’ line, which due to open in early 2022.

CGI showing retail opportunities at Hanover

Marc Wilder, Leasing Director at GPE, commented: “A project of this scale in Mayfair is rare, and the overall creation of Hanover’s new courtyard, retail arcade, prime offices, café, restaurant and thoroughfare marks the beginning of a long-lasting legacy for the capital. The development is in the heart of London’s luxury fashion district, and our joint venture has provided us with the unique ability to create and launch a new mixed-use destination created for the future of London.

Pictured below, Medici Courtyard will also host Canadian restauranteur, Joey Ghazal, who will launch his New England inspired restaurant – the MAINE, Mayfair – later this month which will host just under 400 covers and includes access to an outdoor terrace.

CGI render of the outdoor terrace for the MAINE restaurant

Marc adds: “The world class scheme serves as part of the wider transformation of the New Bond Street area and will be complemented by the Mandarin Oriental Mayfair Hotel offering unique private residences and the new Elizabeth Line which is due to open soon. Visitors will be able to walk through to the recently renovated Hanover Square gardens via our new colonnade and Medici Courtyard.”

As one of Mayfair’s premier mixed-use developments GPE believe that the courtyards’ foot traffic will also benefit from the arrival of Crossrail and the forthcoming opening of the Elizabeth Line Underground Station.

According to Crossrail, an estimated 200 million annual passengers will use the new line, with over 1.5 million more people able to access central London within 45 minutes when the railway fully opens. The Crossrail ticket hall is due to open directly onto the square, which GPE state will “dramatically increase the volume of people that will pass through each day“.

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