Marylebone was one of the first places I fell in love with when I moved to London. Its chic high street, great restaurants, and independent shops drew me in and have kept me coming back. The area has changed a lot since I first arrived, but it’s still as lovely as central London neighborhoods get. If you’re up for exploring, today I bring you A Lady in London’s guide to Marylebone, London.
North of Oxford Street, Marylebone offers a calm contrast to the thoroughfare it borders. Pretty side streets like Marylebone Lane, pedestrianized shopping alleys like St Christopher’s Place, and beautiful museums like The Wallace Collection make it a sought-after neighborhood.
Add to that the Saturday Cabbages and Frocks Market in the garden of Marylebone Parish Church and the Sunday farmers’ market in the Cramer Street Car Park, and there’s always something new to find.
Beyond the markets, beloved shops like La Fromagerie never fail to lure me in with the scent of ripe cheese (am I the only one that loves that smell?). I can’t get enough of the inventive dishes at The Providores, either.
When I’m not eating (which is rare), I love wandering down Chiltern Street, taking in the colorful buildings on James Street, and browsing in Daunt Books.
I like meeting friends for drinks around New Quebec Street and Seymour Place, and walking by the Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street.
In fact, I like walking everywhere in Marylebone.
The brick facades, leafy squares, and pretty shopfronts are pleasures for the eyes, and every time I meander through the neighborhood I find somewhere new to eat, drink, or explore.
It’s been a long time since I first fell for Marylebone, but I’ve been enamored with it ever since. I hope you will be, too.
How about you? What are your favorite things about Marylebone?