Marylebone Area Guide
Known as a stylish residential area with a village feel, Marylebone is just steps away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. Take an afternoon or a day to enjoy visits to museums, boutiques, and local markets.
A brief history
The name Marylebone originates from St Mary's church, located at the top of Marylebone High Street. Once known as Tybourne church just off of Oxford Street, in the 1400's the building was relocated and the area soon became known as St Mary's on the Bourne, then St Mary-la-Bourne and finally Marylebone.
Many years later in 1715, Edward Harley, Earl of Oxford, and Lady Henrietta Cavendish Holles commissioned plans to develop the then rural land into sophisticated town houses and elegant, tree lined streets with Cavendish Square at its heart. Building continued on what was known as the Portland Estate, and today's tall Georgian houses began to emerge along the wide roads of Harley Street, Portland Place and Wimpole Street.
There are a number of well-known attractions in Marylebone for many different interests. These include the world famous waxwork museum, Madame Tussauds, located just a short walk from Marylebone train station and Baker Street tube station. You can also enjoy a visit to the Wallace Collection with grand rooms containing historical furnishings, porcelain and paintings. Continue your stroll through the neighbourhood and a short distance from Fisher's you'll reach Wigmore Hall, one of the world's most important recital venues with over 400 events a year. Another exciting attraction in the area is the Sherlock Holmes Museum dedicated to the life and times of Sherlock Holmes with an interior exactly as described in Conan Doyle's fantastic stories.
Worth a browse
Marylebone and its High Street include a number of shops and markets worth perusing. Just moments away from Fisher's on the High Street, you can wander into Daunt Books, an elegant Edwardian independent book store. Then, make your way through a plethora of stores such as Anthropologie, Diptyque, Le Creuset, Farrow and Ball, Space NK, J Crew, The Conran Shop, Maje and more, as well as many independent boutiques. On Sunday's from 10am - 2pm, Marylebone Farmer's Market is open with stalls selling the very best local produce.
Regent's Park, one of London's Royal parks, is located within minutes from Marylebone High Street and spans 410 acres. The immaculate park contains over 300, 000 roses in its gardens as well as the largest outdoor sports area in London. You can enjoy the London Zoo, which is the world's oldest scientific zoo, housing over 600 species of animals. It also houses Regent's Park Open Air Theatre which has an extensive programme from May to September each year. In October , the park is also host to Frieze London, one of the world's most prestigious art fairs featuring 160 of the world's leading galleries.