Marylebone area guide
Explore the indie shops on Marylebone High Street, or discover a lovely restaurant in the heart of the city
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Marylebone has been an incredibly fashionable area in London since at least the seventeenth century - as the catalogue of famous residents (past and present) attests. With Oxford Street as its southern border, Marylebone is of course a world-famous shopping destination, but a quick look around the side streets reveal specialist shops and boutiques that sell everything from Stradivarius violins to plastic buttons.
Like the shops, the best restaurants and cafés in Marylebone provide a range of products at a range of prices, and everything from a cup of tea to haute cuisine is executed with the same passion and expertise. Not to be outdone, the Marylebone bars and pubs are stylish places to relax with superb cocktails and outstanding ales after a long day.
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The Sherlock Holmes Museum – founded in 1989 on a site approximating that described by Conan Doyle, though actually standing at number 239 – fought long and hard for the right to claim the address 221B Baker Street as its own. When you visit you are likely to be greeted by an august person wearing a bowler hat and whiskers; this, you will deduce, is Doctor Watson.
- 221b Baker St, NW1 6XE
Streams of humanity jostle excitedly here for the chance to take pictures of each other planting a smacker on the waxen visage of fame and fortune. Madame Tussaud brought her show to London in 1802, 32 years after it was founded in Paris, and it’s been expanding ever since, on these very premises since 1884.
- Marylebone Rd, NW1 5LR
Built in 1901 as the display hall for the German company Bechstein Pianos, the Wigmore Hall was seized as enemy property in WWI and sold at auction for a fraction of its value. These days, boasting perfect acoustics, art nouveau decor and an excellent basement restaurant, the 'Wiggy' is one of the world's top chamber music venues and currently hosts around 400 events a year.
- 36 Wigmore St, W1U 2BP
Regent's Park is one of London's most popular open spaces, covering 410 acres in north-west London. Originally a hunting ground for Henry VIII, it remained a royals-only retreat long after it was formally designed by John Nash in 1811; only in 1845 did it open to the public as a spectacular shared space. Attractions run from the animal odours and noises of London Zoo to the enchanting Open Air Theatre.
- Chester Rd, NW1 4NR
- Rated as: 5/5
- Price band: 4/4
- Critics choice
- 55 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5RB
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