Guide type: Area Guide
28th July 2015
Famed for its diverse, cosmopolitan residents, Marylebone is a mixture of old and new inhabitants. The area has a strong sense of community, with newcomers paying respect to the integrity and character of the area and all residents taking a keen interest in local issues. We take a look at why Marylebone appeals to such a wide demographic.
Marylebone is an ideal choice for professionals with refined taste who want it all on their doorstep. Packed with Michelin starred restaurants, chic cocktail bars and acclaimed gastropubs, it is also just minutes from the sophisticated nightlife of Kensington and Chelsea. Named London's coolest street by Condé Nast Traveller, Marylebone is also home to Chiltern Street and its famed restaurant, The Chiltern Firehouse. When it comes to shopping, residents are spoilt for choice with a multitude of high-end retailers and independent boutiques in Portman Village and Marylebone High Street as well as Selfridges and nearby Bond Street. Commuting is also a breeze, with excellent transport links providing easy access to the City, London Bridge and Canary Wharf and beyond.
Marylebone is becoming increasingly family-friendly, with a high calibre of amenities and facilities to suit young families. First-class healthcare is moments away on the world-renowned Harley Street, whilst a number of excellent schools are located within catchment. St James's, The Marylebone CofE School and Marylebone Boys' School all get excellent results, whilst Wetherby School, one of the most sought-after prep schools in London and whose former pupils include Princes William and Harry, are opening a secondary school here in September. Additionally, Marylebone is within walking distance of both Regents and Hyde Park, two of London’s largest green spaces and local community groups often host family fun days such as the Marylebone Summer Fayre.
A stand-out option for those looking to downsize but not compromise on location or style, Marylebone is full of beautiful Edwardian and Victorian mansion flats and pretty mews houses. Well known for its creative community, it has an abundance of art and culture options, with Wigmore Hall, The Wallace Collection and Theatreland in nearby Covent Garden. Marylebone is also full of independent boutiques, restaurants, cafes and bars. Just off the High Street, Moxon Street is fast becoming a foodie heaven, with Rococo Chocolates, La Fromagerie, artisan butcher, The Ginger Pig, and a weekly farmers market. Additionally, popular market Cabbages and Frocks is held every Saturday in the St Marylebone Parish grounds. Shoppers will find organic goodies alongside vintage clothing, homewares, and jewellery by individual designers.
Looking for a property in Marylebone? The Chilterns is a new luxury housing development by Galliard with a gym, spa and its own cinema. The prices for 44 private flats start from £3million.