The best bits of Marylebone
Restaurants in Marylebone
Bars and pubs in Marylebone
Hotels in Marylebone
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’.
Shops in Marylebone
KJ’s Laundry Marylebone
A favourite haunt of the consciously-uncoupled Gwyneth Paltrow, this small-but-perfectly-formed Marylebone boutique is home to understated, incredibly wearable labels. Founders Kate Allden and Jane Ellis track down soon to be cult classics before they become so by sourcing more under the radar brands, and then fill the store with stylish yet timeless pieces. and wardrobe classics. Its eponymous own-brand is predictably great.
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Randall & Aubin
This Brewer Street seafood restaurant opened in 1996, and is now something of a Soho institution, and is as good an example as any of the area's gradual move from seedy past to much more seemly present. The site actually dates back to 1908, when it was London's first French butcher's shop. Many of the original design features remain. The focus here is on seafood, with plats de fruits de mer of rock oysters, whole crab, Atlantic shrimps, diver scallops, cockles, whelks, cherry stone clams, Mediterranean prawns and green-lipped mussels alongside bouillabaisse, crab and lemon risotto, spaghettini marinara and char-grilled Cornish squid. Other dishes include French onion soup, bavette steak with pomme frites, a house burger and slow-roast Aubrey Allen pork belly served with mashed potatoes, roast apple sauce and gravy. The wine list leans heavily on the old world, with more than 20 by the glass. Randall & Aubin also have a branch up in Manchester.
Venue says: “A bottle of chilled white wine and a platter groaning with Fruits de Mer - what could be a nicer way to start the week?”