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July 2017 / Area Guides / by Sophie Hampton

Marylebone

This cosmopolitan West End district is sometimes referred to as Marylebone Village. The area is located north of Oxford Street, west of Fitzrovia, and east of Regent’s Park. Primarily a residential area, it is also home to Harley Street with its multitude of doctors and surgeons, and the fashionable shops of Marylebone High Street – which was voted ‘London’s favourite street’ in a nationwide survey carried out by BBC Radio 4.

Architectural highlights
Marylebone is characterised by fine Georgian terraces, distinguished mews houses and attractive garden squares, bordered by generously proportioned Victorian portered mansion blocks.

Smartest streets
There are smart streets in abundance here, but of particular interest are Mansfield Street with its truly opulent Robert Adams residences – most with a price tag in excess of £10 million – and the various mews dwellings close to the High Street, with the average price of a house in Devonshire Mews South, Wimpole Mews, Weymouth Mews or Devonshire Close being between £2 and £2.5 million.

Who’s there
Baker Street’s most famous resident, Sherlock Holmes, may have been fictional, but a number of well-known names have been attracted by the idea of village living in the heart of London, most famously Madonna.

Entertainment
From the tourist delights of Madame Tussauds and the Planetarium on Marylebone Road, to the designer boutiques and cafés of Marylebone High Street, via some of London’s finest eateries such as The Orrery, you’ll find something to keep you entertained at any time of the day in bustling Marylebone.

Education
Specialist establishments The Sylvia Young Theatre School and The Royal Academy of Music, can be found in Marylebone. Queen’s College London is an excellent all girls’ school with pupils ranging from nursery age right up to sixth form, Portland Place School takes boys and girls from the age of 10, and Abercorn School caters for Nursery through to Preparatory School children. Wetherby Senior School  is an independent day school for boys aged 11 to 16 years and has a Sixth Form opening in the Autumn Term of 2018. St Vincent’s Primary School and St Marylebone School are both excellent state schools.

Travel
Marylebone is so central that you should be able to walk to most places, but the area is served by numerous buses, the Overland station at Marylebone and Underground stations at Regent’s Park (Bakerloo); Baker Street (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City, Bakerloo and Jubilee); Bond Street (Central and Jubilee); Marble Arch (Central); Marylebone (Bakerloo); Edgware Road (Hammersmith and City, District, Circle and Bakerloo) and Oxford Circus (Victoria, Central and Bakerloo).

Trivia
Marylebone gets its name from the church of St Mary’s (now Marylebone Church) which once stood on the banks of the river Tyburn. The small stream now runs underground to meet the Thames at Vauxhall Bridge.

What the agents say
“Marylebone has quickly established itself as one of the most sought-after locations within Central London. The eclectic mix of specialised shops, restaurants and bars on the High Street has combined effortlessly with a rich and varied architecture, which has created homes and workplaces of character and charm,” Gary Latner, Harris Latner

“The beautiful architecture and the open spaces of nearby Regent’s Park and Hyde Park make Marylebone one of the most desired London neighbourhoods. Don’t be surprised if you bump into Guy Ritchie, Noel Gallagher, Barbara Windsor or Dale Winton!” Tania Pejcinovic, Wigmore Estates

Eating and drinking:

The Natural Kitchen – You can’t beat this place for a quick lunch. They have a fab butcher, and do really tasty salad boxes of freshly prepared goodies (always in really interesting combinations). 77-78 Marylebone High Street (020 3012 2123; www.thenaturalkitchen.com)

Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte – this place serves the best steaks in London. There’s no menu, you just tell the waitress how you would like your steak cooked. After your salad starter, your steak frites is brought to you in two stages, with one half held back to keep warm. 120 Marylebone Lane (020 7486 0878; www.relaisdevenise.com)

Shopping:
Diptyque
– We were thrilled when they opened a store here, it’s where we head when we’re feeling indulgent. The store stocks the full range of amazing candles. So many favourites – Tuberose for summer, Cypress for the winter… But Fois de Bois, has to be our all-time favourite.It smells heavenly and smoky – like an open fire. 68 Marylebone High Street (020 7487 3326; www.diptyqueparis.com)

Daunt Books – If you enjoy mooching in bookshops, this will be an all-time favourite. It looks like a giant library, and has an amazing travel selection. The staff are all passionate about books, and very helpful. 83 Marylebone High Street (020 7224 2295; www.dauntbooks.co.uk)

Kabiri – Head here when you’re on the hunt for special gifts. The store stocks jewellery by some really unusual designers. 337 Marylebone High Street (020 7317 2150; www.kabiri.co.uk)

The Conran Store – another good spot for present shopping. Upstairs there is a great selection of gifts to suit literally everybody. 855 Marylebone High Street (020 7723 2223; www.conranshop.co.uk)

Grooming:
Vaishaly
– Go here for facials and to buy great quality products. Vaishaly has an amazing healing way with the skin – you really can’t beat her facials. She is also acknowledged to be one of the best threaders in London, so it’s a good idea to get your brows done at the same time. While you’re at the clinic, book in for a manicure from the lovely Stephanie.