The area of Marylebone and Fitzrovia is a bustling, cosmopolitan district of London’s West End, located north of Oxford Street, west of Bloomsbury and east of Bayswater and Regent’s Park. It is primarily a residential area, but it is also an important centre for business, culture and education.
The area has become increasingly popular with city workers, with excellent commuting links to the city and Canary Wharf. Its proximity to the bustling West End, coupled with its village feel and sense of community, makes Marylebone and Fitzrovia a highly desirable area.
Marylebone High Street, often now known as Marylebone Village, was previously voted “London’s favourite street”. Its eclectic mix of shops and distinct café culture all add to its appeal, as shopping and eating is what Marylebone is all about.
Some of Marylebone’s best offerings include Daunt Books, Patricia Michelson’s cheese shop La Fromagerie, the butcher Ginger Pig and the Sunday farmers’ market which attracts over 30 stalls each week offering a huge range of farm grown produce, the freshest vegetables, salads, dairy produce, artisan breads, homemade cakes, free range and organic meat and poultry and lots more.
The Portman Village is an up and coming area of Marylebone to rival the famous High Street. Owned by the Portman Estate, and defined as the area between New Quebec Street and Seymour Place, it is now home to an array of independent retailers including quirky boutiques and some fantastic eateries. You can even join the Portman Village Club where members benefit from exclusive offers from the village’s local retailers.
Fitzrovia is a warren of small and charming streets, home to media organisations, and an array of gastronomic delights. Situated between Marylebone and Bloomsbury and north of Soho, the historically bohemian area was once home to such writers as Virginia Woolf and George Bernard Shaw. Fitzrovia houses one of London’s tallest and most iconic buildings, the BT Tower.
Marylebone is home to many of London’s first-class attractions including the world famous Madame Tussauds, waxworks gallery, the esteemed Royal Academy of Music, the Sherlock Holmes Museum, the Wallace Collection in Manchester Square and London Zoo, which is located in the tranquil surroundings of Regent’s Park.
Marylebone has outstanding education facilities including nurseries, primary and secondary schools, along with a university providing a great academic atmosphere.
It is a place of contrasts, from the stylish, eclectic and bustling high street, leading off into elegant squares and gracious roads which preserve an array of excellent Georgian housing, to the world renowned medical destination of Harley Street.
Marylebone truly is a delight of London.
Places of interest
- Madame Tussauds
- The Sherlock Holmes Museum
- The Wallace Collection
- The Colomb Art Gallery
- Lisson Gallery
- The Royal Academy of Music
- Regent’s Park
- Harley Street
- Baker Street
- London Zoo
- Westminster City Council
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