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Meet the Merchants: Allens of Mayfair

SHOPS by mySupermarket is home to 100s of the finest British retailer’s ready to deliver direct to your doorstep.

Their passion, skill and personality add a whole new layer of flavour to your favourite products. We’d like to invite you to meet your makers!

Allens of Mayfair

London’s oldest butchers, Allens of Mayfair are dedicated to providing quality products with provenance at the heart. Delivering across the UK you can now order premium products from the same suppliers as many of London’s top establishments including the Savoy, the Dorchester and Claridge’s.

A brief history of Mount Street… 

In the 1720s, Mount Street was the longest single road owned by the Grosvenor Estate. It’s name derived from an area called Mount Field, said to be a remnant of Civil War fortifications erected to protect London from the advances of the Royalist army.
Robert Allen when he took over the shopAt that time, Mayfair wasn’t the affluent area it is today, in fact Mount Street was best known for being the main thoroughfare from Central London to Tyburn, to watch the public hangings!

150 years later, when the original leases of the Mount Street properties expired, the Grosvenor Estate decided to completely rebuild the area. In 1885 James Trant Smith was chosen as architect, and a U-shaped mews of shops, houses and chambers was built in 1887.

Allens of Mayfair shop

The shop opens Edgar Green took the corner shop at number 117, and soon after – on the personal intervention of the Grosvenor Estate – he won a famously fierce fight, allowing him to display his game outside the shop. Although he died a few years later, carcases have been hung at 117 Mount Street ever since, and the traditional butcher’s shop displays provide one of the familiar sights of this part of Mayfair.

Incredibly, the site on Mount Street has remained a butchers shop from then until now – a staggering 120 years.

Allens today

David Hoallens_of_mayfair_logoImage_129use and Justin Preston, two butchers based in South East London, bought the shop in 2006.Over the last three years David and Justin have systematically brought the business back to life, turning it back into the instantly recognisable butcher’s institution it once was.

David and Justin

Whilst the shop was closed to walk-in trade for many years, it is now open to customers once again, and shoppers and tourists alike now visit to buy quality meat and to admire the stunning Victorian features listed in many of London’s guidebooks.

The shop is manned 20 hours a day to provide quality meat to many of London’s finest establishments including the Connaught, Claridge’s, The Dorchester, The Berkeley and The Savoy.

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