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Mount Street laments the loss of Allens, Mayfair’s legendary butchers shop

Published: 6 November, 2015
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

IT was once described by the legendary chef Marco Pierre White as his “favourite shop in London” but Allens of Mayfair has shut up shop there after nearly 200 years in business.

The famous butchers in Mount Street said it has had to move out of its historic home after being “unable to agree terms” with the landlord, Grosvenor. 

An Allens spokesperson said it was “a great shock as plans had been previously agreed for a new lease along with a £500,000 refurbishment plan”. 

The business will continue online until a “new location” can be found but supporters have vented their anger at the loss of “old Mayfair” on social media.

David Bain said on Twitter: “Allens of Mayfair closes its doors – old Mayfair continues to disappear under an avalanche of money & high rent. Sad.” Andrew Reeves added: “Saddened to see that a great Mayfair institution, Allens the butchers, has closed its doors on Mount Street.”

Allens has been trading in Mayfair since 1830, with Robert Allen taking over the Mount Street site after moving from his father’s butchers shop in South Audley Street. 

The company has provided meat and game for decades to some of the country’s finest establishments and restaurants. 

It was taken over in 2006 by new owners, and taken over once again in April this year.

In a statement, the butchers said: “London’s oldest butchers shop is set to relocate after over 200 years of trading in its current Mayfair location. Allens of Mayfair, located on Mount Street, supply many of the city’s finest hotels and restaurants.”

A spokesman for the company added that they were “unable to agree terms with the landlord and was asked to vacate the premises. This was a great shock as plans had been previously agreed for a new lease along with a £500,000 refurbishment plan.”

It added that the butchers was planning “a fresh start in a new London location to be announced in the coming weeks”.

Grosvenor have stuck a note in the shop window confirming the move. The note said: “The lease… expired on 9 October 2015 so sadly the shop has now closed. 

“Grosvenor remains committed to amenity uses in Mayfair and is actively seeking to replace Allens with another butcher or similar food use for the benefit of the community.”

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