Just minutes away from Oxford Street but miles away in ambience, Marylebone is a surprising pocket of calm located in the very heart of London. Distinguished by leafy streets lined with stately period homes and stylish boutiques, its a true urban village complete with colourful local characters and a weekly farmers' market. Life centres on the busy high street, which positively brims with quaint cafes, unique independent stores and high end design retailers.
The Conran Shop is a mecca for design enthusiasts, and Marylebone attracts a mixed bunch of celebrities, City professionals and well heeled young couples who live as well as shop here. Despite its fashionable profile, Marylebone is kept down to earth by its long term residents, friendly local shopkeepers and a strong community vibe.
Cafes and restaurants spill on to pavements and you're unlikely to spend a day cafe hopping here without bumping into a friendly neighbour. Its a bit of a foodie haven and theres something for everyone from juicy burgers at Meat Liquor to crisp calamari at Casa Becci.
Although most people see no reason to leave their lovely little enclave at weekends, the trendy East End, dizzy heights of Primrose Hill and cultural sights of the Southbank all a short bus or Tube ride away.
Eating out: The hardest thing about going out for a meal in Marylebone is deciding which of the areas hundreds of fantastic restaurants to try next. A visit to celebrity haunt the Chiltern Firehouse is likely to be rewarded with a glimpse of a visiting Hollywood celebrity, while the food at Pied a Terre consistently earns its Michelin star. Theres amazing Lebanese food to be had in Marylebone, so try Fairuz or Maroush for some of the best. Don't miss out on juicy burgers at Meat Liquor or crisp calamari at Casa Becci.
Culture: Marylebone is rich in culture and every year thousands of tourists flock to its music and entertainment venues and the nearby Madame Tussauds. One of Londons most important and historic concert halls, Wigmore Hall, presents 450 musical performances annually. The Old Master paintings at The Wallace Collection are a must see for art enthusiasts, while theatre lovers enjoy innovative events at The Cockpit.
Markets: Marylebones retail therapy opportunities arent just restricted to its trendy shops and boutiques. There are several markets that take place in the area, including the fashion and food market Cabbages & Frocks and Alfies Antique Market. The Marylebone Summer Fayre is a popular community event featuring live music and events for kids.
Tube: Marylebone has a great location for travelling into central London. Its station is on the Bakerloo Line in Zone 1, meaning its only five minutes to Oxford Circus (which is also walkable) and 12 minutes to Waterloo.
Rail: Trains run from Marylebone railway station to a variety of destinations across England including Banbury, High Wycombe and Aylesbury.
Road: Marylebones location on the edge of central London provides easy access to three of the main routes heading out of the city. Its less than half an hour to the M4, the M40 or the M1.
Bus: Travel is easy from Marylebone, whether youre travelling south of the river to Putney or Brixton on the 74 or the 2, or heading north to Finchley on the 82.
Cycle: There is a large community of cyclists in Marylebone even though its possible to walk to the heart of the West End in less than 15 minutes. Its a gentle five minute cycle to Oxford Circus and 15 minutes to Charing Cross.
Getting away: To travel further afield, Heathrow is only 40 minutes away by car and the Heathrow Express is three minutes away at Paddington Station.
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