Shepherd Market

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Ye Grapes pub, in Shepherd Market

Shepherd Market is a small square in the Mayfair area of central London, developed in 1735-46 by Edward Shepherd on the open ground then used for the annual May fair from which Mayfair gets its name. It is located between Piccadilly and Curzon Street and has a village-like atmosphere.[1] It has been associated with prostitutes since the Eighteenth century;[2] in the 1980s, Jeffrey Archer met the prostitute Monica Coghlan in Shepherd Market.[1] In the 1920s it was a popular residential area for writers and artists, such as Anthony Powell, Michael Arlen and Sophie Fedorovitch.


Shepherd Market is a square developed in 1735-46 by Edward Shepherd from an open area called Brook Field, through which flowed the Tyburn, and where a May fair was held, from which the surrounding area of Mayfair derives its name.[3] Shepherd, a local architect, was commissioned to develop the site and work was completed in the mid-18th century. It contained paved alleys, a duck pond, and a two-storey market topped by a theatre.[3]

Shepherd Market

During the 1920s, Shepherd Market was a run down area, popular with writers and artists such as Michael Arlen and Sophie Fedorovitch.[4] Arlen rented rooms opposite The Grapes public house and used Shepherd Market as the setting for his best-selling 1924 novel The Green Hat, which prompted Anthony Powell to move into the area in 1926.[5]

It has been associated with upmarket prostitutes since the eighteenth century.[2] When Olivia Manning and her husband Reggie Smith lived at 50a, she found the prostitutes "fascinating".[6] In the 1980s the deputy Conservative Party chairman and author Jeffrey Archer met the prostitute Monica Coghlan in Shepherd Market.[1]

Cass Elliot (Mama Cass) died at flat 12, 9 Curzon Place, Shepherd Market on 28 July 1974. Keith Moon of The Who died at the same flat on 7 September 1978.


Shepherd Market is between Piccadilly and Curzon Street in the area of Mayfair.


  1. ^ a b c Rough Guides (2003). The Rough Guide to London. Rough Guides. p. 103. 
  2. ^ a b Catharine Arnold (5 Aug 2010). City of Sin: London and its Vices. Simon and Schuster. p. 240. 
  3. ^ a b Geraldine Edith Mitton. Mayfair, Belgravia, and Bayswater. Library of Alexandria. p. 36. 
  4. ^ Jane Stevenson. Edward Burra: Twentieth-Century Eye. p. 76. 
  5. ^ Nicholas Birns (2004). Understanding Anthony Powell. Univ of South Carolina Press. p. 283. 
  6. ^ Deirdre David (10 Jan 2013). Olivia Manning: A Woman at War. Oxford University Press. p. 157. 

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Coordinates: 51°30′23″N 0°08′48″W / 51.5065°N 0.1468°W / 51.5065; -0.1468