Marylebone, thanks to an imaginative regeneration of its High Street, has seen a rebirth over the last decade from a forgotten backwater into one of London’s most cosmopolitan neighbourhoods.
Sandwiched between Oxford Circus and Regents Park, Marylebone is a Zone 1 hotspot for commuters who are attracted to its quiet streets of charming Georgian squares and terraces as well as its traditional pubs and boutique shops.
Named after the medieval church St Mary’s originally built on the banks of the Tybourne, the W1 area is famous as the home of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and Harley Street, the heart of England’s medical profession.
- There are excellent commuter links with a number of Zone 1 stations serving the area: Marylebone (Bakerloo), Baker Street (Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith and City lines) and Oxford Circus (Central, Victoria and Bakerloo lines).
- Overland trains from Marylebone station provide connections with the Chilterns and Birmingham.
- The area is serviced by a good selection of bus routes.
FOOD & DRINK
- The Reform Social and Grill – Try afternoon tea here its a quintessentially British experience
- Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop and Tasting Room – Great place for whisky connoisseurs
- Orrery – Serves brilliant French cuisine.
- Queen’s Head & Artichoke – Located in a 16th-century coaching inn, this gastropub offers diners the choice of just nibbling on tapas.
- Swan & Edgar – Marylebone boozer with a bookish theme
- Coco Momo – Finalist of the UK’s Best Bar Awards 2005.
- Golden Hind – Dating back to 1914, this fish and chip shop is a Marylebone institution.
THINGS TO DO
- Sherlock Holmes Museum – Dedicated to Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective.
- Madame Tussards – Popular waxworks of iconic figures.
- Oxford Street – Popular waxworks of iconic figures.
- The Screen on Baker Street – Two intimate screening rooms and plush seating make this a good choice for film lovers.
- Alfie’s Antiques Market – London’s largest indoor antiques market.
- Wallace Collection: Dress Up And Draw – Workshop for children (aged 9-12) to learn techniques for drawing the clothed human form.
- Cabbages and Frocks’ – Market supplying vegetables and designer clothing held in the grounds of St Marylebone’s Parish Church every Sunday morning.
- Marylebone Summer Fayre – High Street is closed to traffic and visitors enjoy live music, market and street stalls, fresh food and children’s activities.
- Wigmore Hall – International recital venue hosts 400 concerts each year and broadcasts a weekly concert on BBC Radio 3 every week.