Marylebone's old-world atmosphere, trendy and curated shops, along with its combination of traditional English pubs, world cuisine restaurants and organic food stores make it a much beloved neighbourhood. If you can afford the higher rents, it's got a lot to offer for students, young professionals and families alike.
Marylebone is an area in the West End of London, bounded by Great Portland Street to the east, Edgware Road to the west, Marylebone Road to the north, and Oxford Street to the south. The name was taken from a church that was dedicated to St Mary. It was originally built on the banks of a small stream called River Tyburn. The surrounding area along the church was known as St Mary at the Bourne, and had different names over the course of time, including Mary-la-bonne (French for Mary the good), Marybone and Marybourne, before it was finally settled with Marylebone.
Today, this affluent township is a micro-community of street-side cafes, charming delicatessens, fine restaurants and independent shops, all organised in a grid system pierced by blossoming garden squares. Although not far from the hustle and bustle of neighbouring Oxford Street, Marylebone High Street is a go-to-favourite shopping destination, with a mix of old heritage haberdashery, linen and book shops alongside carefully curated, trendy new comers like The Conran Shop, Bonpoint and Kusmi Tea.
Overall, it has retained more of a historical appeal, with reduced numbers of contemporary modern housing developments. This is mainly due to the fact that most parts of the area were owned by aristocratic estates. It has helped protect Marylebone from undergoing a drastic change, which allowed it to maintain an old-world atmosphere.
HOUSING & RENTAL MARKET
In recent years, property prices in Marylebone have increased due to a boost in the area’s desirability. The housing stock is a combination of large Georgian terraces, often divided into mansion blocks, mews houses and purpose-built flats. A number of luxury developments have also sprung up.
The average rent for a one-bedroom home is around £2,500 - 2,700. For a two-bedroom home, you should plan for a monthly rent of £4,200 and £4,500, and £6,800 to £7,000 for a good three-bedroom property.
Being a central location, Marylebone provides an excellent transport infrastructure, connecting different parts of the city. In fact, most places are within walking distance, if you stay near the boundaries of the Westminster borough, which includes Mayfair, Covent Garden and Soho.
The area has its own train and tube station (Marylebone) and is also bordered by the tube stations of Oxford Street, Great Portland Street and Baker Street, with seven different Underground lines covered between them, including Bakerloo, Victoria and Central. The journey from Oxford Circus to Bank takes about 10 minutes, while King’s Cross is a little over 5 minutes away. Marylebone is also well connected through various buses running throughout the day. As for leaving London, you can board a train from Marylebone station, with regular trains to Birmingham, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
This lovely area, bordered by Regent’s Park and Hyde Park, is home to a number of squares and Paddington Street Gardens, surrounded by luxurious properties. You can relax on the lawns of Manchester Square and Cavendish Square, a beautiful Georgian-styled space, lined with plush properties.
Take a break at the Paddington Street Gardens to relax amid flowers, shrubs and mature trees.
Hyde Park includes the stunning Serpentine Lake, various ornamental flower gardens and the spectacular Diana Memorial Fountain.
In Regent’s Park, you can visit the Avenue Gardens, Queen Mary’s Gardens and the ornamental waterfowl collection.
THE HIGH STREET & BOUTIQUES
There is no doubt that some of the biggest shops in London are in Marylebone. When a precinct like Oxford Street falls in the area, you can imagine the kind of shopping experience you can have here. Renowned fashion brands compete for space, with some existing ones including LK Bennett, Jaeger, Anthropologie, Maje, Sandro, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Agnes B, and Bonpoint for children’s clothes. Beauty destinations include Aesop, Neal’s Yard, Fresh. A trip to Conran Shop is a must, and if that does not fulfil your desire, head to the Skandium.
The Button Queen has a wide range of eponymous products (buttons), while haberdashers VV Rouleaux offer classy trimmings and ribbons. Daunt Books, complete with oak railings and stained glass, is a basilica to reading.
Some of the independent shops are away from the crowded areas, including the likes of Gallery 1930 with its wide selection of antiques, and the Margaret Howell with a collection of vintage fashion apparels.
THE PUBS & RESTAURANTS
Marylebone is not only about charming streets, but also cool pubs and bars lined up all across. If you are looking for a diverse mix of modern Thai and traditional English food, with a great selection of wines, head to the Mason’s Arms. If you want your drink to become an experience complete with fog, foam and special silverware, the little gem ‘Purl’ is where you need to go.
108 Brasserie is another key highlight of the Marylebone’s dining scene, with delicate, pretty cocktails that come with an inventive small plates menu and edible flowers. Given the beautiful art deco and gracious bar staff, it’s an ideal place to visit with your family.
Over the years, Marylebone has been home to many popular faces, and the area’s historical charm continues to attract many more glamorous residents. The famous romantic poet Lord Byron was born here, while a renowned literary figure, Charles Dickens was also a resident.
Other notable figures include musician Noel Gallagher and movie star Sienna Miller. Madonna, during her marriage to Guy Ritchie had a home in Regent’s Park. The Chiltern Firehouse has entertained the likes of Jimmy Carr, Harry Styles, Nigella Lawson and David Beckham.
SCHOOLS & MEDICAL FACILITIES
There are a number of schools spread across the area, including the Hampden Gurney C of E Primary School, Wetherby Preparatory School, and a high-achieving independent school – Francis Holland Girls. Specialising in performing arts, the Sylvia Young Theatre School is a co-ed school.
Harley Street is the hub of medical facilities with over 3,000 people employed in clinics, paramedical and medical practices, also in hospitals such as The London Clinic, The London Women’s Clinic, Sonoworld Diagnostic Services, Harley Street Fertility Clinic, and The Harley Street Clinic.
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