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Marylebone Area Guide

HISTORY, LOCATION, ARCHITECTURE, EDUCATION & MORE



Marylebone is a surprising pocket of calm located in the heart of London despite being just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of London’s West End. An urban but trendy village complete with a weekly farmers' market, but mainly it is all about the high street with its quaint cafes, unique independent stores and high end design retailers.

History
The Howard de Walden Estate is a property estate in Marylebone, owned by the Howard de Walden which in 2014 the estate was estimated to be worth approximately £3.2 billion. The Estate covers 92 acres and holds the freehold to over 850 properties. The main area extends north to Marylebone Road and south to Wigmore Street. The Estate includes property on Marylebone High Street and Harley Street. In the 1990s the Estate took steps to revitalise the High Street, adding new shops including the Waitrose supermarket

Architecture
Properties surrounding garden squares in Marylebone, like Montagu Square, Cavendish Square & Portman Square are some of the most desirable in the area. Marylebone also has several streets of terraced homes and more recently there are newer builds of high-end flats and apartments such as ‘The Chilterns’ setting record prices for the area.

Green Space
Within the area is Paddington Gardens a well-kept public area for residents and locals to relax and meet. This leafy and popular park is set behind Marylebone High Street. During weekdays on warm summers the benches are full of local workers during lunchtime. The gardens have lawns, mature trees and shrubs, flower beds, a delightful rose garden, memorials, statues and a children play area.

Medical
Harley Street can be found to the east of the high street.  Known for its large number of private medical specialists and practices since the 19th century and today is a leading medical epicentre for both locals and internationals.  It was named after Thomas Harley who was the Lord Mayor of London. The renound Harley Street Clinic & The London Clinic can be found here. The {Princess Grace Hospital is also situated at Nottingham Place.

Dining
The Chiltern Firehouse has become a well-documented celebrity haunt, whilst the locals prefer to dine at a range of more relaxed eateries including Carluccios, Ospa, Meat Liquor, Casa Becci, Fishworks, The Fromagerie, The Ginger Pig & The Ivy Café. The Blandford Café in Chiltern Street run by a friendly family is definitely worth a visit for tasty home-cooked Italian food and has a loyal local client base.

Residents
Famous past and present residents of Marylebone include Charles Dickens, Jimmy Hendrix John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, H. G. Wells, Barbara Windsor and Madonna.

Culture
For books it can only be one place, Daunt Books housed in a beautiful Edwardian shop and revered by local enthusiasts and bookworms. It offers a wide collection of books and literature. You could spend hours inside perusing the vast selection they have on display.
 
Shopping
You will be spoilt for choice here. Whether you are looking for clothes, gifts, fragrances, with Marylebone Lane, Moxon Street, just off the High Street, is becoming a foodie quarter, with Rococo Chocolates, La Fromagerie and artisan butcher, The Ginger Pig. The Conran Shop, Designers Guild, Skandium and smaller independent shops.

Education
There are several education options in Marylebone, including an international school and a theatre school. For younger children, there is St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School a Secondary schools include St Marylebone School.

We say...
Over the years we have watched Marylebone grow into a unique and popular area. Properties here are expensive but it really has put itself on the map as a prime area alongside the like of Mayfair. It has a village-like feel which considering it is in Central London and just meters away from the hectic pace of the West End, it really does command attention and draws affluent people with its charm.

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