Marylebone – What’s it all about?

Just minutes away from Oxford Street but miles away in ambience, Marylebone is a surprising pocket of calm located in the very heart of London, close to the trendy East End, glitzy Primrose Hill and cultural sights of the Southbank which are all a short bus or Tube ride away.  With leafy streets and a mix of stately period homes and stylish boutiques, Marylebone is a truly urban village complete with colourful local characters and a weekly farmers’ market. Life centres on the busy high street, full of quaint cafes, independent stores and high end design retailer and don’t miss The Conran Shop – great for design enthusiasts.  Marylebone attracts a mixed bunch of celebrities, City professionals and up and coming young couples as well as its long term residents who live as well as shop here giving a strong community vibe. Cafes and restaurants spill on to pavements and you’re unlikely to have a coffee without bumping into a friendly neighbour.

Fact file

Britain’s first heart transplant was successfully carried out at the National Heart Hospital in Marylebone; famous past Marylebone residents include chronicler Charles Dickens, inventor Charles Babbage and rock legend Jimi Hendrix.

Marylebone is home to some of London’s most important cultural venues – the fictional home of iconic London detective Sherlock Holmes and now home to the Sherlock Holmes Museum, tourist mecca Madame Tussauds and the nearby classical music venue Wigmore Hall.

Architecture and property

Marylebone’s property market reflects its aristocratic history. In the 18th century various wealthy families owned much of the area including Cavendish Square and Portman Square. Marylebone was one of the first areas in London to experience a property boom and some of its finest homes hail from the Georgian era, although there are also later Victorian and Edwardian examples. Most of its period properties have been converted into flats but with its many mansion blocks Marylebone is a great place for apartment living. More family sized homes can be found towards Regent’s Park. Properties surrounding garden squares, like Montagu Square, are some of the most desirable in the area. Marylebone also has several streets of terraced homes like those leading off Gloucester Place, as well as newer builds of high end flats and apartments. There’s a large amount of students here, with new developments of flats and halls of residents especially for them.

Going out

Eating out: With such an array of fantastic restaurants it can be hard to decide where to go!  Visit  celebrity haunt the Chiltern Firehouse and you’ll most likely get a glimpse of a visiting Hollywood celebrity, or try the Michelin star Pied a Terre .  If you like Lebanese food try the wonderful Fairuz or Maroush .  If it’s a burger your after Meat Liquor is  must or there’s always fabulous calamari at Casa Becci.

Local amenities

There is so much on offer in Marylebone you can be spoilt for choice! There is the iconic Madame Tussauds, one of London’s most important and historic concert halls, Wigmore Hall which presents 450 musical performances annually, The Old Master paintings at The Wallace Collection are a must see for art enthusiasts, while theatre lovers enjoy innovative events at The Cockpit.

Markets: If it’s markets you’re after there’s the fashion and food market Cabbages & Frocks and Alfie’s Antique Market. The Marylebone Summer Fayre is a popular community event featuring live music and events for kids.

Local amenities

  • There is shopping aplenty with a Waitroseand Tesco Express on the High Street,  high end butcher The Ginger Pig and a fantastic fishmonger at FishWorks.  Don’t miss the Marylebone Farmers’ Market on Sundays and if you love your cheese drop in to the purpose built showroom at La Fromagerie.
  • Marylebone’s libraryis open seven days a week and offers reading groups and chess clubs for children. For books of your own, Daunt Books is housed in a beautiful Edwardian shop and has one of the best collections of travel books in London.
  • The Everyman Cinemaon Baker Street offers comfy sofas where the best arthouse films and latest releases are shown.
  • Harley Street renowned for its private medical specialists is right in Marylebone.
  • There are several gyms, yoga and pilates studios. (Indaba Yogais one of the best or the spa at The Landmark Hotel).

Green spaces

With Hyde Park to the south and Regent’s Park to the north, Marylebone locals are sandwiched between two of London’s most beautiful Royal Parks on their doorstep. At 365 acres, Regent’s Park offers something for everyone, whether you’re keen to get involved in an impromptu football game or your idea of weekend exercise is a quick stroll to one of the park’s many cafes. The Hub Cafe is wonderful with its panoramic views over the park. Younger visitors will be kept busy feeding the ducks and meeting the wildlife at neighbouring London Zoo. Just off Marylebone Road, Paddington Street Gardens are two small parks well used by local families .

Transport 

There are great transport links with plenty of tube, overland rail services and bus options:

 Tube: The tube station is on the Bakerloo Line in Zone 1, just five minutes to Oxford Circus (which is also walkable) and 12 minutes to Waterloo.

Rail:   Overland services from Marylebone railway station run to a variety of destinations across England including Banbury, High Wycombe and Aylesbury.   The Heathrow Express is three minutes away at Paddington Station.

Road: There is easy access to three of the main routes heading out of the city, and it’s less than half an hour to the M4, the M40 or the M1.

Bus: Travel south of the river to Putney or Brixton on the 74 or the 2, or heading north to Finchley on the 82.

Cycle: Although you can walk to the heart of the West End in less than 15 minutes it’s a gentle five-minute cycle to Oxford Circus and 15 minutes to Charing Cross.

Education

There are several education options in Marylebone, including an international school and a theatre school.   Younger children can attend Hampden Gurney Church of England Primary School or St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School. Secondary schools include St Marylebone School, the alma mater of Lily Cole, which specialises in performing arts. For an even more creative focus, there is the Sylvia Young Theatre School, while SKOLA International Community School offers three International Baccalaureate programmes.

Please see our schools tab for more information on schools in this area.























Christ Church Bentinck CofE Primary School

Cosway Street
London
NW1 5NS

Tel: 02033514135
www.ccbprimary.co.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Christ Church School

Redhill Street
Camden, London
NW1 4BD

Tel: 02073877881
www.cchurchnw1.camden.sch.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Hampden Gurney CofE Primary School

13 Nutford Place
London
W1H 5HA

Tel: 02076414195
www.hampdengurneyschool.org.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St Edward’s Catholic Primary School

Lisson Grove
London
NW1 6LH

Tel: 02077235911
www.stedwardsprimary.co.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Roman Catholic
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St Mary’s Bryanston Square CofE School

Enford Street
London
W1H 1DL

Tel: 02076414130
st-marys.bryanston.net

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School

St Vincent Street
London
W1U 4DF

Tel: 02076416110

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Roman Catholic
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
The St Marylebone CofE School

64 Marylebone High Street
London
W1U 5BA

Tel: 02079354704
www.stmaryleboneschool.com

Type: Academy converter
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Gender: Girls
Abingdon House School

Broadley Terrace
London
NW1 6LG

Tel: 02037505526
www.abingdonhouseschool.co.uk

Type: Other independent special school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 5 to 15 years
Gender: Mixed
Ark King Solomon Academy

Penfold Street
London
NW1 6RU

Tel: 02075636900
www.kingsolomonacademy.org

Type: Academy sponsor led
Religious Character: None
Age range: 3 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
Eifa International School

36 Portland Place
London
W1B 1LS

Tel: 02076375351
www.ecole-ifa.com

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 2 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
Francis Holland School

Clarence Gate
Ivor Place, London
NW1 6XR

Tel: 02077230176

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Gender: Girls
Halcyon London International School

33 Seymour Place
London
W1H 5AU

Tel: 02072581169
www.halcyonschool.com

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
International Community School

7b Wyndham Place
London
W1H 1PN

Tel: 02079351206
www.icschool.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 3 to 19 years
Gender: Mixed
London Business School

Sussex Place
Regent’s Park, London
NW1 4SA

Tel: 02072625050
www.lbs.lon.ac.uk

Type: Higher education institutions
Gender: Mixed
Marylebone Children’s Centre Information Point

Marylebone Library
109-117 Marylebone Road, London
NW1 5PS

Tel: 0207-641-6488

Type: Children’s centre linked site
Portland Place School

56-58 Portland Place
London
W1B 1NJ

Tel: 02073078700
www.portland-place.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 8 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
Queen’s College London

43-49 Harley Street
London
W1G 8BT

Tel: 02072917000
www.qcl.org.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 4 to 18 years
Gender: Girls
Royal Academy of Music

Marylebone Road
London
NW1 5HT

Tel: 02078737373
www.ram.ac.uk

Type: Higher education institutions
Gender: Mixed
Southbank International School Westminster

63-65 Portland Place
London
W1B 1QR

Tel: 02074369699

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
The Royal College of Nursing

20 Cavendish Square
London
W1G 0RN

Tel: 02074093333
www.nursing-standard.co.uk/instit

Type: Higher education institutions
Gender: Mixed
The Sylvia Young Theatre School

1 Nutford Place
London
W1H 5YZ

Tel: 02072582330
www.syts.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 10 to 16 years
Gender: Mixed
University of Westminster

309 Regent Street
London
W1B 2UW

Tel: 02079115000
www.westminster.ac.uk

Type: Higher education institutions
Gender: Mixed
Wetherby Senior School

100 Marylebone Lane
Marylebone, London
W1U 2QU

Tel: 02075353530

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Gender: Boys