Marylebone may be tucked away towards the north of London’s West End, but this doesn’t mean to say it lacks any of the desirability of postcodes in areas such as Mayfair or Soho. It somehow retains a quaint, almost village feel, despite being so centrally located. Dissected by its grid-style layout and charming Georgian villas, there are a plethora of shop fronts, pubs and restaurants to choose in this lively area.
Marylebone is also well known for its medical district, with more than 2,000 clinical professionals working on Harley Street alone. With Oxford Street to the south, Edgware Road to the west and Great Portland Street to the east, Marylebone has become as much of an attractive proposition for business owners as it has for urban dwellers who have chosen one of the many mews within the neighbourhood to call home.
The district is well connected with not only the rest of London, but other major English cities, such as Birmingham and Oxford, thanks to the central railway terminus at Marylebone Station. In the vicinity of Marylebone, commuters can make their way to nearby stations like Baker Street, Bond Street, Marble Arch and Edgware Road, all in under 15 minutes from a central point.
Knight Frank’s global HQ is based on 55 Baker Street, while one of UK’s largest property development and investment companies British Land occupies York House on Seymour Street.
There is currently 256,000 square foot of available space to let in North of Mayfair, which equates to a vacancy rate of 4.1%
In the area…
Staying with the theme of travelling back in time to the era of the aforementioned Sherlock Holmes, why not pop down to the eccentric little boozer named Seymour’s Parlour. Its red walls and wooden furniture give its a regal feel while the champagne cocktails go hand-in-hand with the grand settings and the award-winning afternoon tea should not be missed.
Without a doubt, Chiltern Firehouse is possibly the most-exclusive place to dine in Marylebone. The brainchild of hotelier André Balazs and manned by head chef Nuno Mendes, the dining room of the 26-suite hotel serves upscale American treats in the former garage of the Marylebone Fire Station. The notoriously selective waiting list has relaxed somewhat in recent years, but it’s still the haunt of choice for a largely bougie West End crowd.
Lunchtime options include the usual high-street specials, but there are a couple of restaurants where a steal can be had. At The Boxcar Butcher & Grill on New Quebec Street you’re literally sitting beside the cut of meat you’re having for lunch (the £15 sirloin is recommended), while OHISAMA Sushi on Paddington Street has you covered for nigri and sashimi goodness.
Marylebone has a seemingly bottomless well of drinking holes in the area (or as many as you can get around on any given night). FAM on the corner of Picton Place and Duke Street is an oasis away from the crush of Bond Street, and has a cocktail list prepared by world-class mixologists as good as any you’ll find anywhere else in London. Make sure you get there early to get dibs on the retro-style jukebox. Meanwhile, pubs such as the compact Barley Mow on Duke Street and Windsor Castle on Park Road hit the spot for a quick scoop (or two) after work.
The Boxcar Butcher & Grill
An area with hidden gems – like this charming mews
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