Why Marylebone – (NW1)
One of London’s most fashionable destinations for centuries, Marylebone offers class, tranquillity and elegance in abundance.
Its highly desirable location, surrounded by Oxford Street to the south, Paddington and Edgware Road to the west, Fitzrovia to the east and Regent’s Park to the north, make it hugely appealing to tourists exploring the West End and residents eager to live in an area with a village-like feel.
As well as being a first-class shopping destination, it’s also home to a number of great bars, restaurants and gastropubs. The culinary options on offer are incredibly eclectic, from Antipodean and British-Peruvian fusion to Greek, Scandinavian, Austrian, Indian, Thai and Japanese.
The Chiltern Firehouse – a former fire station transformed into a luxury hotel and restaurant popular among A-list celebrities – resides in Marylebone, which also plays host to a number of upscale hotels housed in grand buildings or plush Georgian townhouses.
Culture vultures are very well-catered for in this district, too, with The Sherlock Holmes Museum, Madame Tussauds, Lisson Gallery and The Cockpit all on offer. Music lovers, meanwhile, will be most taken with the famous Wigmore Hall, one of the world’s greatest concert halls for chamber and instrumental music.
Reflecting the look and ambience of the area itself, impressive period properties are most commonplace in Marylebone – mostly Georgian, but with a good smattering of Victorian and Edwardian homes, too. Most of these properties have been transformed into flats or apartments, popular among the affluent young couples, City professionals and wealthy celebrities who call Marylebone home.
Family homes are more common the closer you get to Regent’s Park, while the area’s large student population (the University of Westminster is nearby) has led to halls of residences and new developments of flats being built in recent years.
“A desirable location since the seventeenth century, Marylebone effortlessly combines a chic village aesthetic with tourist attractions, high culture and culinary options to rival the best of the capital.”
Marylebone is blessed when it comes to transport links, with Marylebone (Bakerloo Line), Regent’s Park (Bakerloo), Edgware Road (Bakerloo, Circle Line, District Line and Hammersmith & City Line) and major Underground hub Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee Line and Metropolitan Line) all in the vicinity, as well as London Marylebone station (which provides Chiltern Railways services to Birmingham, Oxford, High Wycombe and Aylesbury).
There are also a number of bus routes you can take advantage of, ferrying you to all parts of the capital, while you’re never far from a black cab or Uber to help you complete your journey.
Visit The Wallace Collection, a free museum hosting a collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture, antiques and armour within a grand palatial townhouse.
Have a browse around Daunt Books, an impressive Edwardian bookstore with a specific focus on travel.
Enjoy the very best Indian food at Trishna, which offers a contemporary take on the country’s coastal cuisine and an extensive wine list of fine wines from all over the globe.