London Area Guide: Marylebone

Ugo Arinzeh

August 13, 2021
Marylebone Area Guide

Marylebone is one of London’s most desirable neighbourboods given its proximity to world-famous Oxford Street & Regent Street nearby and the West End, all while retaining a calm serenity.  With the hustle and bustle just moments away, magically this community maintains a village-like feel for its residents.  Along picturesque streets there are chic boutique shops, wonderful independent cafes and fantastic eateries.  Oh, and it’s on the doorstep to 2 of London’s Royal Parks. 

House Dynamics 

Marylebone has an incredible mix of Victorian mansion flats, Georgian squares and charming mews houses, which makes this area one of the capital’s most appealing areas. It has come into its own since the rejuvenation of the High Street in 1995, whereas before this neighbours St John’s Wood and Mayfair were the go-to areas. 

Property prices have risen dramatically to reflect the prime central Londdon location.  In 2013 Chiltern Firehouse (hotel, restaurant and bar) completed in 2013 and is a go to location for many celebrities.  

The average price paid for properties in Marylebone stood at £1,423,082 in July 2021. This is a rise of 0.14% in the last three months (since April 2021) and a rise of 4.78% over the past 12 months. In terms of property types, flats in Marylebone sold for an average of £864,608, while terraced homes had an average price paid of £3,736,176 (a rise in 12.97%). (Source:  Zoopla). 

Marylebone provides an extensive selection of independent shops, restaurants, and even its own theatre, Wigmore Hall, and is nearby to well-known tourist hotspots such as Madame Tussauds, The Sherlock Holmes museum, and so many more little finds!

For transport, you can take the Bakerloo Line from Marylebone Station which takes you to Waterloo, Oxford Circus, and Regent’s Park, as well as Wembley and Queen’s Park in the other direction, so you can easily get to many of the top areas of London for a day out.

Local Favourites of Marylebone

Top Dining Experiences in Marylebone

Marylebone is buzzing with incredible restaurants and eateries, from modern continental dishes at  108 Brasserie, to French delights matched with amazing wine at 28°-50° Wine Workshop & Kitchen, you’ll be able to enjoy incredible food no matter what you fancy. I highly recommend visiting Boxcar Butcher & Grill, which is a restaurant and butcher in one space and provides simple delicious meals, and bespoke cocktails; and the renowned Chiltern Firehouse Restaurant for inventive and modern dishes (if you can manage to nab a table reservation).

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Independent Shops in Marylebone

If you love your independent shops, then Marylebone has plenty of finds for you to enjoy. Whether it’s the incredible boutique, KJ’s Laundry, which stocks niche brands for women; the oldest store in Marylebone, Penton & Son for your DIY essentials; or one of the world’s oldest book stores – Daunt Books (with three floors of books to browse and purchase for a lazy Sunday afternoon) – the area really offers an array of fabulous boutiques and shops for you to visit and enjoy. 

Museums in Marylebone

Marylebone has two museums for you to enjoy. The Wallace Collection showcases impressive paintings, sculpture and furniture. It’s free to visit, and the interiors really are breathtaking.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a great place to visit as it pays homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective. Visitors & locals come to see the famous first-floor study overlooking Baker Street and is a fun museum for detective-lovers.

Visit the Marylebone Farmer’s Market

The Marylebone Farmers’ Market is located in the Cramer Street Car Park between Cramer Street and Aybrook Street, it’s open on Sundays, between 10am and 2pm, and is a foodie heaven. Everything on sale is grown or produced locally by the sellers (‘local’ is defined as a 100-mile radius from London’s M25 orbital motorway) – no wholesalers or middlemen allowed. Cakes, soups, preserves and other ready-made products must contain a minimum of 50% local ingredients.

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London Area Guide: Marylebone

Want to find out even more about Marylebone? In this video, I share my top finds and places to visit in the neighbourhood.

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