Marvellous Marylebone’s village-like feel belies its position in the heart of the West End. Leafy streets, grand Regency squares, pretty mews, delectable eateries and a delightful mix of independent and individual stores combine to make it, rightfully, one of London’s most perennially fashionable neighbourhoods.
Photography by Emmanuelle Peri & Georgia Watson
MEET THE LOCALS
Anisha Joshi, Osteopath
“Situated between Regent’s Park and Hyde Park, Marylebone is a chic little area with lots of personality. My day officially starts around 7:30am, when I arrive at my clinic. However, before I get down to any work, I pop to Kiss the Hippo on Margaret Street for a black Americano to kickstart the day. I spend most of the day treating patients. As an osteopath I get to treat a real mix of different patients: I see people suffering from all sorts of different injuries and muscular skeletal problems, so making sure I know exactly what I’m dealing with in each individual patient’s situation is paramount. By the time lunchtime arrives, I’m usually starving and in need of something healthy and nutritious to fuel me for a busy afternoon ahead. My go-to is By Chloe at Oxford Circus. The food is all plant based and they have a wide range of delicious salads to choose from – which all taste amazing! After lunch, its back to see more patients. Over the last few years I’ve built up a network of high-profile patients – including Rita Ora, Ryan Giggs and Bradley Simmonds – which is really exciting and adds even more variety to my job and the broad mix of people I treat. I love staying fit and working out to release some endorphins, especially at the start of the week when I know I’ve got some manic days ahead; I’m a big fan of Psycle. And on the odd occasion that I have a quiet afternoon, I love treating myself to a manicure and blow dry at DryBy. To switch off after work, I often head to either the Riding House Café or Mortimer Street Kitchen. Both offer delicious food, so I’m always spoilt for choice. If I’m going for a drink, you’ll almost certainly find me on the rooftop at Madera within the Treehouse Hotel on Langham Place. The views are breathtaking!”
Anisha is an award-winning osteopath based at 4 Cavendish Square, W1G (osteoanisha.com)
Home to some of the best restaurants not just in Marylebone, but the entire Capital, here you’ll find Chiltern Firehouse, Jikoni, Trishna, Clarette and more
Marylebone High Street
Setting the gold standard for high streets, this chic thoroughfare, with its mix of boutiques, bookshops and concept stores is our favourite spot for window shopping
St. Christopher’s Place
Slip through the archway on Oxford Street and find yourself in another world: the pedestrianised alley is home to trendy boutiques and buzzy eateries
Have you noticed that Marylebone is one of London’s smallest and most unassuming rail terminals? In the planning stages, the Great Central Railway’s proposed route ran close to Lord’s Cricket Ground and was strongly opposed by club members, who did their best to prevent progress. Such huge sums were spent fighting their campaign that there was very little left for the station building itself!
Marylebone locals can treat themselves to a little Viennese escape by way of this stylish eatery on the High Street. The informal café and restaurant is as desirable for its décor as it is for its all-day delectable European fare. For James Staite of Dexters, it’s a must-visit for anyone in the neighbourhood. “The interior is simply beautiful and the service is outstanding. It’s perfect for a quick morning meeting (the coffee’s exquisite) or a more leisurely evening meal. I’d recommend Fischer’s to anyone visiting or moving into the area. I always look forward to visiting.”
50 Marylebone High Street, W1U (020 7466 5501; fischers.co.uk)
Estate agents are notoriously sharp dressers, so when there’s a local menswear boutique to be recommended, take heed. Winkworth’s Jason Borrows says of this hidden gem on St Christopher’s Place: “I’ve been stopping by whenever I’m nearby for years – even just for a drink and catch up with the chaps in-store. It’s a British brand but they make everything in Italy and strike the balance well between good quality and great design. Every time I visit, they seem to have something new and interesting, so more often than not I’ll leave with something.”
11 St Christopher’s Place, W1U (020 3904 3920; diversoonline.com)
The Wallace Collection, W1U
“There is nowhere in the world quite like Marylebone,” says Alex Bourne from Beauchamp Estates. “My favourite village in the city spoils for choice in so many ways, but one of the places I regularly return to, to feed my soul, is the Wallace Collection.” We couldn’t agree more. The Manchester Square museum, set in the magnificent former residence of the Seymour family, Marquesses of Hertford, offers a matchless collection of French 18th century treasures in particular, from pictures to porcelain to furniture pieces. It really is a world away from the bustle of the West End.
Hertford House, Manchester Street, W1U (020 7563 9500; wallacecollection.org)