Marylebone Area Guide
Elegant Georgian buildings draw you in as you walk the leafy streets; while a vibrant mix of old and new amongst retailers and eateries are guaranteed to make you want to stay here. Welcome to the very pretty Marylebone.
Understated yet iconic, it is an area which has been fashionable since the seventeenth century. However, in recent years, it’s become even more sought after in London for both work and play.
With wealthy types and celebrities admiring the area’s quiet streets and trendy vibe, there’s been an influx of new blood. However, the longstanding residents help to retain the area’s traditional, community feel.
All of this combines to give Marylebone a charm which is unique and alluring in equal measure.
Where is Marylebone?
Marylebone is situated in London’s classy West End area. It is flanked by neighbouring Fitzrovia, Mayfair and Paddington – as well as being on the fringes of Covent Garden.
Its location means it is within walking distance to some of the capital’s top attractions – plus is home to a couple – namely, the Sherlock Holmes museum, Madame Tussaud’s and the Wallace Collection.
You’re only a 10 minutes walk from the famous Chiltern Firehouse to Marylebone station, so if you choose to head into central London after dinner there, there’s that option.
A 10 minutes walk in the opposite direction will also take you from the quiet high street of Marylebone to bustling Oxford Circus. So you can sample this famous landmark, while enjoying the balance of heading back to the laidback Marylebone.
Alternatively, you can also be at Euston station in under 15 minutes – just hop on the Victoria line on the underground. This is very handy if you need to jump on a train to be anywhere in the country, but want to use the less hectic Marylebone as your base.
Other well placed train stations are close by, including Baker Street, which is ideally situated between – of course – the Sherlock Holmes Museum, but also Madame Tussauds.
They are, in fact, both a mere three minutes walk each side. And, with the station facilitating five different lines, it is a very useful one to be close to.
Things to do in Marylebone
Marylebone is like a who’s who of historic figures who have once lived here and places that have inspired literature and culture. So, it’s not hard to find lots of things to do in Marylebone.
It’s unimaginable to come to the area and not visit 221b Baker Street; home to Sherlock Holmes. One of the most famous addresses in the world, it is a replica of the famous fictional detective’s living quarters – and so a must for fans of the books.
If you’re an art or history lover, then the Wallace Collection will tick all of your boxes for what to do in Marylebone. It houses one of the largest collections of paintings by Old Masters as well as masterpieces in sculpture, furniture and armouries, plus much more.
And if you have any musical interests, then ‘the Wiggy’ is a must-see. One of the oldest and most important buildings in London, Wigmore Hall still holds over 400 performances a year. The historic art nouveau designed building is renowned for its acoustics and also provides tours.
Meanwhile, no visit to Marylebone, or, in fact, London, would be complete without a trip to Madame Tussauds. The wax museum is an institution where you can ‘meet’ famous faces up close and personal – or, at least versions of them! Perfect for a great photo opportunity and one of the most popular things to do around London.
Shopping in Marylebone
If you like your retail therapy to offer a wide variety of options, from independents, to designers and big times, boutiques and sixties music shops to artisan sellers, then Marylebone is definitely for you.
A huge makeover in recent years focused specifically on attracting shoppers to the area with an eclectic mix of retailers on offer. This means you’ll find anything here – but it isn’t simply awash with high end or high street names, as it retains its original charm and traditional shops too.
The shop that probably most sums up the shopping vibe in Marylebone, is Daunt Books. One of the oldest and prettiest book shops in the world, it is known for being a travel book shop, although it sells a wide range of other books. With huge oak bookshelves and a beautiful skylight, it is a dreamy book shop where you’ll want to curl up in a corner with a page turner.
Although Oxford Street nearby is packed with high street names, Marylebone is filled with the niche and specialist. And Cadenhead’s Whisky and Tasting Shop is a perfect example of this.
Originally based in Covent Garden, the business moved to bigger premises on Chiltern Street ten years ago, and haven’t looked back. Independent whisky bottlers are rare to find and so this shop has a special feel to it.
If you prefer your shopping to have more of a bohemian and eclectic mix, the Cabbages and Frocks market is for you. Not your average market, this is for those hunting down a Mulberry bag while nibbling on macarons – fashionistas who are interested can find it on the cobbled streets behind the Marylebone parish church, on Saturday afternoons.
Places to Eat in Marylebone
Marylebone restaurants are simply some of the best you’ll find in London. It’s a foodie’s paradise with investment put into the area in recent years to bring even more eateries to the area, in order to make it a real destination for food lovers.
Whatever tickles your tastebuds, you’re sure to find somewhere in the rich tapestry of Marylebone’s culinary establishments.
Start off your day at Australian café, Daisy Chain. Inside the Alice in Wonderland themed décor, designed by street artist, Shuby, you’ll be served some of the most impressive coffee and deliciously healthy brunch or frozen yoghurt. This will make sure you have a good, well balanced but tasty start to the day.
For lunch, head to The Providores on Marylebone High Street. An exciting fusion restaurant offering small plates, it has had rave reviews for its innovative style. The atmosphere is vibrant and exciting, perfect for a lunchtime meeting while enjoying great food and taking in the London buzz.
The restaurant downstairs is first come, first served, however, so just make sure you get there nice and early.
Later on, when it’s time for dinner, you’re spoilt for choice with the number of restaurants spilling into the streets. Marylebone high street restaurants have some of the highest standards of excellence.
If you’re searching for nice restaurants in London which really pull out all the stops – then make Chiltern Firehouse your first choice.
You may well be sat at a table alongside a celebrity, as it is a popular haunt with the rich and famous. Located in a former fire station, the esteemed restaurant is led by Michelin starred chef, Nuno Mendes – so you know you’re in good hands.
Marylebone pubs are as eclectic and interesting as the restaurants in the area, with something to suit everyone.
Rich claret coloured walls, sumptuous interiors and trinkets everywhere are the order of the day at Seymour’s Parlour. Based inside the notorious and much lauded Zetter Townhouse, its inspiration is a fictional eccentric Wicked Uncle Seymour, but the cocktails are deliciously good – and that’s not fiction!
Another bar which is regarded as one of the best pubs in Marylebone is The Wigmore. A labour of love, it has been perfectly crafted with a luxury version of the quintessential English tavern in mind.
It is located inside The Langham and welcomes you with green walls, cosy furnishings and a menu put together by Michel Roux Jr. How can you resist?
For one of London’s original speakeasies, meanwhile, coupled with cocktails that create a sense of theatre and bespoke silverware, head over to Purl. Situated beneath a sandwich shop, it has a cosy and intriguing feel to it with its prohibition vibe and reputation as a purveyor of high end drinks.
You’re also centrally located to reach some of the top clubs in London too – with Piccadilly Circus just a 15 minute journey on the Bakerloo line; Covent Garden just on the fringes; and also Hyde Park, which holds some amazing night time concerts with some of the biggest names in the music industry.
Hotels in Marylebone
With so many historical icons, like Charles Dickens and Jimi Hendrix, who have lived here as well as a large celebrity presence – it’s little wonder that the area is popular with fascinated tourists.
Those looking for hotels near Marylebone station can’t get much closer than The Landmark. This opulent hotel is located right opposite the station and so perfect for landing in Marylebone and checking straight in so you can relax – plus, for handy access to trains facilitating exploring the rest of London too.
It is also superbly located to the main attractions too, namely the Sherlock Holmes museum and Madame Tussauds, which are only a couple of streets away.
One of the most desirable places to stay in the area, is the well reputed The Marylebone Hotel. With an ideal location between the shopping haven of Oxford Street and some of the best restaurants and independent shops on Marylebone High Street, it ticks a lot of boxes for many people looking for a beautiful and comfortable hotel with an enviable placement.
The magnificent Georgian architecture of the Zetter Townhouse building makes this boutique hotel one of the one of the best hotels in Marylebone to stay at during a visit.
It has quickly become recognised as being a high class accommodation, with the previously mentioned Seymour Bar under its wing also gaining in popularity.
First opening its doors in 2015, it is still a relatively new hotel; but with its warm colour palette, traditional yet cosy furnishings and high standards for comfort, it is fast becoming a firm favourite, as word spreads.
Living in Marylebone
Marylebone has always had a strong reputation as an extremely chic and fashionable area of London to live in. However, thanks to the more recent injection of new restaurants and shops to transform the area into a food haven as well as a hub for shoppers, living in Marylebone has been even more popular.
With many local residents who have lived in the neighbourhood for decades, though, it has retained its integrity and identity. This has also prevented it from becoming awash with identikit streets – and this is exactly what makes Marylebone so unique and attractive to buyers and renters.
Its position in the middle of two of London’s biggest and most beautiful parks; Regents Park and Hyde Park, also means it has an unusual amount of green space surrounding it.
But, at the same time, it is equally blessed with the amount of transport links it has belonging to it. You are well covered with Baker Street train station, which covers Circle, Hammersmith and City lines, plus Marylebone station covering National Rail journeys and also Bond Street station for the Central line.
Oxford Circus and Mayfair, meanwhile, are both within 10 minutes walking distance and Marylebone’s central London location means it is close to the main roads too.
Properties to rent in Marylebone are therefore much sought after – and much more pricey. Georgian and Edwardian mansion flats are very common in the area, given its historical architecture.
There is a much younger demographic coming through in the neighbourhood, alongside the long-term residents, which gives it the perfect balance. There are a lot of young professionals and families emerging as new Marylebone neighbours. And there is a real mix between those looking for properties to rent in Marylebone and also buyers.
There are a number of respected schools in the area that draw new families, such as the St Marylebone CE School, which is well known to West London parents. And for infant children, St Mary’s Bryanston Square is another popular choice.
Working in Marylebone
You’ll see business types in pinstripe suits walking alongside surgeons and office workers on Marylebone’s pretty streets. Home to the Harley Street Clinic as well as an abundance of restaurants, you are also likely to bump into many chefs and serving staff too.
Therefore, due to the wide variety of roles in the area, it is a great place to work. But, also, as previously mentioned, due to its ideal transport links, it is also great for those coming into Marylebone for meetings, or just a less bustling location within London to get some work done.
They might be looking to find an office space in London and so they can choose from a host of Marylebone based options. With a location next to some of the most famous addresses and landmarks, plus beautiful buildings, it is a fantastic place to entertain clients too.
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