London’s Comeback Kid
It’s fair to say that 20 years ago, Marylebone was a bit stuck…
“Marylebone Village (the part immediately around Marylebone High Street) is one of the most fashionable districts in London. It wasn’t always thus. Although elegant and well-located, it had become a bit of an old maid: stuck in its ways. It has changed hugely, and is now a great central London village.
The Marylebone magic goes beyond the High Street. Chiltern Street has been named London's coolest street by Condé Nast Traveller and is full of fashionable outlets..
Why ‘village’? Because, as a stroll reveals (and this is an area that rewards walkers) it has that sense of concentrated and varied life that such an urban community should bring; with restaurants, boutiques, food shops and a great old-fashioned bookshop in Daunt Books, into which people disappear for hours at a time. It’s a place to saunter and take coffee and cake in smart cafes like La Pâtisserie des Rêves on the High Street, eat at places like Donostia, and a great place for gift shopping. The varied tone has been deliberately kept by the area’s three landlords: The Portman Estate, Howard De Walden Estates and the Church Commissioners.
But your walk isn’t just about buying, it’s also about enjoying Marylebone’s air of graciousness. It’s in the architecture - grand red-brick terraces, smart squares, cobbled mews houses and its signature mansion flats – and it’s in Marylebone’s high-pitched cultural highlights: the brilliant Wallace Collection in Manchester Square, with its Rococo paintings; the concerts at Wigmore Hall, where classical music aficionados gather. Round the corner on Baker Street – yes, Sherlock Holmes’ fictional stamping ground - the Everyman is an excellent cinema tending towards art-house movies.
The Marylebone magic goes beyond the High Street. Chiltern Street has been named London's coolest street by Condé Nast Traveller and is full of fashionable outlets like Kohatu and Petros jewellers. Moxon Street has food outlets like La Fromagerie. Marylebone Lane has several food shops and there are couturiers, like Suzannah - who dressed Pippa Middleton for the royal christening – rubbing shoulders with ordinary shops like newsagents. And at the Marylebone cocktail bar, you can even try extraordinary drinks like Marmite Vodka. Oxford Street is nearby if guests want a complete shopping immersion but Marylebone is for the cognoscenti.
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