Marylebone is very much an oasis of ambient village life concealed within the heart of London, just a stone’s throw from Oxford Street. A leafy escape from the fast pace of the Capital, the area is punctuated by an eclectic mix of elegant period homes, welcoming boutiques, top name designer outlets, independent charcuteries and a popular weekly farmers’ market, all set against a vibrant cultural backdrop that attracts its fair share of A-list foodies and trendy artisans who mix comfortably with the locals.
Historically, the medieval church of St Mary’s, originally constructed on the banks of the Ty-Bourne River, gave way to the name St Mary-le-Bourne, eventually to become Marylebone. The area’s past is intriguing: it was King Henry VIII’s hunting ground during the 16th century, and of course played home to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.
The Marylebone of today sports an array of pretty squares and public gardens. Situated between Regent’s Park, Oxford Circus and Hyde Park, the urban village comes under Westminster City Council and bears the W1 postcode.
Property in Marylebone
The typical architecture of Marylebone is Georgian but the area is peppered with Victorian and Edwardian mews houses and mansion blocks together with a handful of modern developments. The pristine gardens of the very desirable Montagu and Bryanston Squares, privy only to residents, are looked over by magnificent period properties, many of which have been converted into flats.
Those looking for family homes or investment properties should take their search towards Regent’s Park and the extensive 110-acre Portman and 92-acre Howard de Walden Estates. Gloucester Place and its side streets offer a selection terraced properties.
A glance around Marylebone will reveal the names of the 18th century wealthy families who owned the majority of the area: search Sherlock-style for clues in Cavendish Square and the aforementioned Portman Square and see what you can uncover!
Schools in Marylebone
Marylebone is very much a family environment and this is buoyed by the excellent schools in the area. There is a selection of both state and private schools including the Wetherby Preparatory School for boys and Queen’s College for girls. The area is also home to the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School and performing arts is also the speciality of the St Marylebone School. The SKOLA International Community School offers three International Baccalaureate programmes.
Things to do and see in Marylebone
There is very much a village and community atmosphere emanating from Marylebone and reaching throughout its residential and business neighbourhoods. The annual Summer Fayre takes over the high street and is a major highlight for residents, and many of the garden squares hold their own regular parties, with the Portman Square Garden Party of particular note.
Numerous cultural attractions, two of the Capital’s top parks, amazing shopping, a foodie haven and the world renowned Harley Street: Marylebone may be on the doorstep of some of the south of England’s most popular shopping and leisure districts, but its residents will testify that there really is no need to venture outside of the village boundaries if you are seeking entertainment.
Eating and Drinking: There are hundreds of excellent restaurants in Marylebone, including a selection that attracts a Hollywood clientele, such as the Chiltern Firehouse and the Michelin-starred L’Autre Pied. Tapa Room is one of the high street’s best places to take breakfast in Central London according to Time Out Magazine. Another foodie zone can be found just off the high street on Moxon Street, but this is for stocking your own larder rather than dining out: visit The Ginger Pig for your artisan cuts of meat, Rococo Chocolates to tame your sweet tooth, and La Fromagerie to fill your cheese board. Back to the restaurant scene and there is plenty of Lebanese cuisine waiting to be tried including at Maroush and Fairuz. Cassa Becci is the place to go for Italian fare, MEATliquor is a trendy American burger joint sporting graffiti-based décor and Iberica is a haven for lovers of classic or modern Spanish dishes.
Shopping: Aside from the vast array of boutiques and designer outlets, Marylebone offers various intriguing markets including Alfie’s Antique Market and the interesting mix of food and fashion at Cabbages & Frocks.
Attractions and Amenities: Culture is what Marylebone is all about, so it is no wonder there is an abundance of attractions to enjoy. Madame Tussauds on Marylebone Road is perhaps the most famous draw to the area. Then there is Wigmore Hall, host to as many as 450 musical concerts every year. Art aficionados will be magnetised towards the Wallace Collection and its Old Master paintings, and then there are regular events at The Cockpit Theatre and the Everyman arthouse cinema on Baker Street.
In the same street sits the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Open every day of the year except Christmas Day, the faithfully maintained Victorian property is protected by the government because of its ‘special architectural and historical interest’. Also of architectural note is All Souls Church on Langham Place with its striking John Nash Regency design.
Lovers of green open spaces will be drawn to Regent’s Park to the north and Hyde Park to the south. London Zoo sits alongside the former making it one of London’s most visited attractions, whilst local families tend to enjoy the smaller and less tourist-populated parks at Paddington Street Gardens.
Marylebone is served by the Bakerloo Line within Zone 1 of the Tube. Baker Street on the Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines is central to most amenities and attractions and from there you can get to Oxford Circus in just 5 minutes. Marylebone Station itself will take you by mainline rail to Buckinghamshire as well as numerous other destinations, and from nearby Paddington Station you can access the Circle and District Lines as well as Birmingham by mainline rail and Heathrow Airport via the Heathrow Connect service. Numerous bus routes run throughout the area and within 30 minutes you can reach the M1, M4 and M40 motorways by road.
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