Marylebone has been a fashionable area in London since at least the seventeenth century – as its catalogue of famous residents (past and present) attests. Today it’s a world-famous shopping destination. Skip Oxford Street and instead amble along the much quieter and elegant Marylebone High Street, home to the famous Daunt Books. The area is also a first-class eating and drinking destination, from the world famous Chiltern Firehouse to newcomers like Bar Termini Centrale – the perfect spot for negroni fans. There are also a handful of attractions in this neck of the woods, including Madame Tussauds, the Sherlock Holmes Museum and the fascinating Wallace Collection. Mostly, though, people come here to wander the gorgeous Georgian streets and soak up the classy vibes. Now, isn’t that just as refined as it gets.
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Rooms at The Grazing Goat
For an upmarket but intimate stay, the eight rooms at the Grazing Goat gastropub are a safe bet. ‘Modern country house’ is the vibe the owners (Cubitt House) are going for: the rooms are classy but unfussy and feature some lovely extras, such as Aesop products and cafetières, while wifi and bottled water are free. The same aesthetic is carried through into the bar and restaurant downstairs. Guests can enjoy their meals in their rooms if they prefer.
Chiltern Firehouse Hotel
This Grade II-listed red-brick former fire station was for years the secret location of London’s most-anticipated new hotel. The key factor was André Balazs who, as the man behind the celeb-friendly Chateau Marmont in LA and New York’s Mercer, has a gift for creating exclusive hotels with incredible buzz. The see-and-be-seen restaurant opened first, under visionary chef Nuno Mendes, and was immediately block-booked; ditto the 26 refined suites, each a model of intelligent, comforting design, retro of course, but not stuck in the past. Service is relaxed but crisp – exemplified by the note alongside the phone in each room, replacing the usual bookof instructions, simplyinstructing one to ‘Dial 0 for anything’.