Marylebone

Marylebone, London: Address, Marylebone Reviews: 4.5/5

The area
Neighborhood: Marylebone
Marylebone offers what so many London neighborhoods cannot: a village feel coupled with urban convenience. Much of its success rests in its location. Wedged between the northeastern corner of Hyde Park and the southern end of Regent's Park and with a number of Tube stations within easy reach, Marylebone is as pedestrian friendly as Central London gets. The bustling shopping mecca of Oxford Street separates it from Soho and Mayfair, exclusive Regent Street marks its border with Fitzrovia, and cosmopolitan Edgware Road serves as its western edge. Within this enviably situated quarter are an array of outstanding restaurants (from Michelin darlings to down and dirty cheeseburgers), an impressive assortment of independently owned shops, and some of the city's quietest and most pleasant nooks, crannies and cobbled lanes.
How to get there
  • Bond St • 7 min walk
  • Regent's Park • 7 min walk
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Brian T
London, UK4,542 contributions
A pleasant London neighbourhood, but don't put it high on your list if you are pressed for time!
Oct 2020
The most curious thing about this neighbourhood is that most visitors have no idea how to pronounce its name. Even Londoners struggle with it. It’s ‘mar/lee/bone’ rather than ‘mary/le/bone’. The name apparently originates from a church, called ‘St Mary Le Bon’, that was built on the bank of a small stream or "bourne" called the Tybourne, in an area named after the stream Tyburn.

The neighbourhood itself is worth a stroll if you are visiting its more noteworthy attractions, but I wouldn't put it high on your list if you are pressed for time... other attractions in London should take priority if that is the case. That said, Marylebone is certainly a chic and stylish residential area with a village feel, centred on the indie boutiques, over-priced cafes and smart restaurants of elegant Marylebone High Street. It’s been a bit of a fashionable area of London since the 17th century, and continues to attract a catalogue of notable residents. I certainly wouldn’t classify it as a world famous shopping destination, but it does have a bit of a collection of quirky (and somewhat pricy) boutiques, expensive galleries, and some good restaurants. It’s not my Number 1 neighbourhood of London, but it’s close to the main Central London retail hub that is Oxford Street, so easy to get to and while away a few hours there.

Most visitors are probably in Marylebone without really knowing it, as the neighbourhood has a number of attractions which draw in huge crowds. Tourists queue in their droves for the Madame Tussauds London waxwork museum where life-size wax replicas of famous celebrities and historic icons are displayed in themed galleries. Similar crowds gather at Sherlock Holmes Museum, located in the fictional sleuth’s home at 221b Baker Street. The stunning Georgian mansion that houses the fabulous Wallace Collection of art and period furnishings, Hertford House in Manchester Square, is my favourite Marylebone attraction. It typifies the area's elegant architecture, and contains an exquisite collection of treasures.

Certainly, if you are visiting these attractions, its a perfect opportunity to check out the retail outlets on Marylebone High Street, but also to wander some of its elegant residential streets. You may even spot a curiosity or two. My favourite is the rather bizarre and almost macabre statue of Madonna and Child, suspended over a bridge which links the sides of Dean's Mews. Its installation caused a lot of controversy at the time (it was unveiled in 1953), not the least being that it was created by a Jew (Jacob Epstein) for what was essentially a Christian site, a convent that was damaged in WW2. I personally think it's hideous, suspended there on that bridge.

Enjoy your visit.
Written February 6, 2021
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Jacky Le
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If your not russian or white, you dont belong.
Jan 2020 • Friends
After several walks up and down the hill, from shop to shop we visited,
We had many unusual looks at us in Marylebone area as if they’ve never seen a vietnamese man before.
They would give us the evil eyes and if seen from far cross the road they would cross over as if we smell or some kind.

I encountered this with russians mainly and a few italians,
London now is a free country and everybody can walk freely however they like.
Disliking someones race is upsetting. Just because you may be filthy rich, doesn't mean you can look at someone or insult them like that.
I believe Marylebone needs to revisit their racial cultures there and let people know and also the political members of Parliament to be discussed in High matter.
No matter how poor or rich you are, you have earned that title the same way as everybody else.
And im definitely not poor. So its definitely a racial thing that needs to be attended to in this area.
NO TO RACISM should be displayed in that area as it is sick and humiliating to walk along those streets especially a BORN BRITISH Citizen
Written January 11, 2020
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j0hnhill
Kingswinford, UK3,003 contributions
Sleepy money drenched Marylebone
Dec 2019 • Couples
First real chance to stroll at leisure through Marylebone and what a pleasant surprise.

Lots of unique shops and cafes to discover, high street runs directly opposite Regents Park gates, and ends almost in Oxford street.

If you dance a change of scenery in London give this place a try.
Written December 15, 2019
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,638 contributions
An impressive inner-London locale!
Jun 2019
The first day of our most recent stay in London saw us visiting some parts of the city which we had not been to before.
After taking the tube from Paddington to Oxford Circus, we walked north along Langham Place up into the Marylebone neighbourhood. Here we saw the quaint All Souls Church, B.B.C. Broadcasting House and the associated B.B.C. facilities, along with some elegant Georgian buildings, some of which housed embassies of various counties.
We then made our way along New Cavendish Street and into Stratford Place. Here we saw the embassies of several African nations and some more buildings featuring impressive architecture.
Marylebone is certainly an impressive neighbourhood which is well worth a visit by any tourist spending time in London!
Written November 29, 2019
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Jake-from-Liverpool
Liverpool, UK1,172 contributions
Centre for Middle Eastern Food and the Like
Aug 2019
Almost every shop is a Middle Eastern Eatery, supermarket or carpet shop or eastern pharmacy.
So it is like London's Bazaar where Middle Eastern countries collide in a kaleidoscope fusion of food and goods.
Is it worth hiking all the way up by foot to see ...... not really unless you wish to experience a Middle Eastern vibe.
TIP: if you do go then go by tube then walk back down the road into London at least your heading back rather than walking up and outwards as towards the upper outer end it feels and looks a bit depressing
Written August 26, 2019
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G5659BUpaulm
Jersey, UK21 contributions
Nice station
Aug 2019
Nice enough station and has both tube and train travel options. Staff very helpful. Hot and cold food available. I used Chiltern railways as a connection to Wembley stadium station.
Written August 9, 2019
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Matt
4 contributions
Delightful
Mar 2019 • Family
Marylebone Station is a wonderful station in a picturesque part of London. The staff are very friendly, welcoming and a source of information not only about the train schedule but the surrounding area of attractions. From Madam Tussaud to Lord's Cricket Ground there is something for everyone. The station has independent retailers offering a wide range of food on the go to coffee and a cake. If you have some free time go and soak up the atmosphere and watch the world go by!
Written May 3, 2019
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Hooray H
London, UK2,254 contributions
Charming
Mar 2019 • Couples
Another part of London, only a short walk from Oxford Street, that is well worth visiting, staring from Wigmore Hall to the main street & it's many good organic restaurants & shops. An excellent Waitrose.
The Farmer's Market on Sundays is a real treat- lots of Organic food stalls & excellent Organic beer & the fish stall from Blakney.
Some of the fruit & veg is not good so be careful.
Written April 23, 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
So much to see
Apr 2019 • Solo
This neighbourhood has something for everyone. There’s the major tourist attractions like Madam Tussauds and all the places linked to Sherlock Holmes. There’s up market shopping in Marylebone High Street and a host of high quality restaurants, cafes and bars. It’s also where you’ll find Lord’s Cricket Ground. There are magnificent churches like the Parish Church of Marylebone on the Marylebone Road. It has the iconic Victorian Marylebone railway terminus and beautiful gardens like the Paddington Street Gardens. There’s the hidden gem of the Lisson Gallery with great contemporary art exhibitions. Plus of course Regent’s Park and the London Zoo. You could easily spend a day exploring here, or dip in and out to see specific places.
Written April 20, 2019
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futtock21
London, UK11,095 contributions
London for the connoisseur
Mar 2019 • Family
Marylebone even if it comprised little more than the environs of Marylebone High Street would alone make this affluent district something rather special. Amidst more than its fair share of design shops such as Conran and Skandium it contains such gems as the original Victorian branch of Gaunt’s bookshop worth seeing for its unique design its back room housing travel books on three floors including a basement and gallery. Then there are some of the most talked about restaurants in London such as the Chiltern Firehouse, the Providores majoring in tapas with wine from the owner’s native New Zealand, Fischer’s middle European restaurant (think upmarket Schnitzel and Strudel), and my personal favourite in a side street La Fromagerie, where superlative charcuterie and small dishes can be enjoyed in the midst of a grocery containing a room full of huge circles of cheese. Add a few art galleries, a Georgian Church and a weekly farmers’ market to the midst. But a short distance beyond see easily reached such delights as the Wallace Collection, a superlative collection of French ancien regime art in an eighteenth century town house (a sort of London equivalent to New York’s Frick
Collection (its grand staircase is a sight to behold); in the Wigmore Hall possibly the world’s greatest chamber music venue, Selfridges department store at the western end of Oxford Street; the grandeur of Langham Place Hotel opposite the refurbished and extended BBC Broadcasting House, and close to All Souls one of the most popular and evangelistic of all London churches; not to mention Baker Street and its Sherlock Holmes Museum.
Written March 10, 2019
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