With the sheer size and eclecticism of Britain’s capital, it can be surprisingly easy to miss the flowers growing between the cracks when it comes to London’s more charming and less ‘noisy’ neighbourhoods.
The London district of Marylebone is just one of those neighbourhoods and if it’s a corner of the big smoke you’ve neglected until now, we’ve compiled several reasons why that should be rectified sooner, rather than later.
The area is famous as one of London’s gastronomic hot spots. Fine dining is very much the order of the day, with world-famous eateries such as Galvin Bistro de Luxe, Nobu and the Chiltern Firehouse within walking distance of one another.
For something a little more affordable, but no less decadent, the Meatliquor and Patty and Bun restaurants both offer delicious high-class fast food and both the Mason’s and Carpenter’s Arms are some of the most characterful pubs in London.
Marylebone is home to Oxford Street, perhaps the most famous shopping district in the world. Explore iconic stores like Selfridges, John Lewis and plenty more boutique names and even if the shops themselves might fall la little beyond your price range, it can be intoxicating to just walk around and take it all in.
After all, who doesn’t love a bit of fancy window shopping?
With the availability (and surprising affordability) of Marylebone serviced apartments, hotels and others, it’s an area that is bristling with accommodation options for every discernible budget. As it’s a relatively central district, it’s also the perfect place to stay if you‘re looking to explore the rest of the city.
From swanky cocktail bars to live music haunts and nightclubs that will keep your dancing feet busy until the wee hours such as BEAT and the Arizona Lounge, Marylebone is the perfect nightspot for older and more discerning night owls.
Madame Tussauds is one of London’s most consistently popular attractions, and with good reason – featuring a range of famous faces from the royal family to anyone who’s anyone from the world’s of sport, music and movies, it’s a must-see if you’re staying in the Marylebone area.
We’d recommend getting there early on a weekend though unless you enjoy queuing. Marylebone is also home to the Wallace Collection art gallery and Regent’s Park, which also hosts London Zoo. The Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street is also within walking distance for wannabe detectives and Benedict Cumberbatch fans alike.
For a weekend break in the city, it truly doesn’t get more relaxed, more varied or more luxurious than Marylebone.