Rajesh Taylor | St James's & Mayfair London Photographer Rajesh Taylor | St James's & Mayfair London Photographer

Field Notes

Shepherd Market Christmas Lights with John Cleese

April 3rd, 2018

Shepherd Market, used for the annual May Fair from the 1680′s from which Mayfair derives its name. Is tucked away in Curzon Street. Now home to small boutique shops, Middle Eastern restaurants and Victorian pubs serving mainly.

Every year the market has an outdoor Christmas gathering which includes serving wine, cider, gin… anything that can be mulled. The market has been known to invites members of Monty Python. In 2017 we were spoiled with John Cleese appearance, who after a short speech on politics and the French declared the lights be turned on after a sword battle with a champagne bottle. He then swiftly returned back to the pub and finish his pint.


The sword used in the absence of a corkscrew. 


Ms. Sophie Lew, Marketing Manager of Jackson-Stops nominated herself to help. 


A filed note has been made when documenting such moments. Bring along a towel and cleaning cloth. 


Merry Christmas everyone.