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  • Writer's pictureAlice Clarke

Marylebone W1

The chic and eternally charming bohemian London district has been home to a host of famous residents including Sir Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, and Charles Dickens. With its bodacious red brick architecture and friendly local residents, it is clear why Marylebone is a very attractive and welcoming neighbourhood to live in for so many.

Marylebone London W1 Independent Shops Highstreet
Marylebone W1 London Independent Shops

Ahhhh Marylebone (Mary-Le-Bone) - the red brick facades, leafy garden squares, pretty shop fronts and chic restaurants galore. What more could one want from a London borough? The area boasts endless pretty side streets such as Marylebone Lane as well as cobbled pedestrianised shopping alleys like St Christopher’s Place with its bustling cafés and shops. You can equally find a wealth of museums like The Wallace Collection, and of course, the world renowned Sherlock Holmes museum - the home of the beloved fictional detective located at the equally beloved fictional address of 221b Baker Street (but actually more accurately located at 237 Baker Street). It is a truly interesting tribute to this famous literary character from the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle, you can reserve tickets to the museum in advance online here.

Another fab thing about the area is it's array of lovely markets, our favourites are the Marylebone Farmers’ Market in Cramer Street Car Park (between Cramer Street and Aybrook Street) open on Saturdays and offering delicious food and artisan baked goodies! Also, the Cabbages & Frocks Market is a must go, located in the courtyard of Marylebone Parish Church and open every Saturday. It has an über cool fashion market featuring up-and-coming designers and artisan makers, you can find everything from vintage clothing and stylish accessories to cute handmade goods, independent jewellery, and tasty food and produce (including cabbages of course). All of this makes W1 a highly sought-after neighbourhood with people of all ages and backgrounds.

A Perfect Day

Get off at Bond Street Station and walk down James Street to check out the lovely little cafés and shops, duck into St. Christopher's Place for an Insta worthy tea/coffee and cake (especially at Feya or Dyce if epic ice cream, waffles, bubble tea, and shakes are more your thing). Next head up Thayer Street towards Marylebone High Street to check out all the lovely clothes shops and lose (or find) yourself in the beloved independent bookshop Daunt. Then head north towards Regents Park to wander around in the beautifully manicured English gardens along the outer circle and enjoy the white stucco property movement in all of its glory! Or, if you are feeling more touristy head towards Baker Street and check out the Sherlock Holmes museum to bring out your inner detective. Then wonder back down to the top of Marylebone High Street to have dinner at one of the many amazing restaurants (try to book prior using OpenTable or call directly to avoid being turned away during busy/peak times) - we strongly recommend trying to get a table on the gorgeous terrace at French Restaurant, Orrey, located at 55 Marylebone High Street. Voila! A perfect day in W1.

Must Visit Checklist

James Street & St Christopher’s Place - for the best restaurants, cafés and atmosphere

La Fromagerie - for possibly the best cheese selection in all of W1

Feya - for stunning drinks and cakes

Dyce - for super cool ice creams, bubble teas, and crepes!

Pierre Marcolini - for the best Macaroons in town!

Regents Park - for some green space therapy and dog spotting

The Wallace Collection - just because!

The Sherlock Holmes Museum - well we suppose it is mandatory...

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