Marylebone, named after a church dedicated to St Mary, represented now by St Marylebone Parish Church, has always been an affluent and desirable neighbourhood of London. Aristocratic families constructed grand Georgian and Victorian properties in the 18th century, and today the Howard de Walden and Portman Estates, both of which still own, lease and manage a large part of the real estate, continue to preserve the area’s architecture beautifully.
Although many of the period properties have been converted into large apartments, there are still a number of family-sized homes to be found near Regents Park.
Marylebone is particularly popular with City professionals and fashionable celebrities, who are drawn to the area’s convenient location, excellent amenities and urban village charm. It is easy to forget that the area’s tranquil streets and strong community atmosphere are just moments away from the heart of London’s West End.
As well as the excellent Wetherby Prep School (featured) and Queen’s College Independent School, Marylebone is also home to two schools which specialise in performing arts: St Marylebone School and Sylvia Young Theatre School.
There is a huge variety of good restaurants in Marylebone, including the Michelin-starred L’Autre Pied, Meat Liquor, and the celebrity hotspot Chiltern Firehouse (featured). On Sundays, locals head to the Marylebone Farmer’s Market.
Popular neighbourhood bars include The Grazing Goat and 108 Brasserie (featured), both of which also serve food.
Regents Park (featured) is just a stone’s throw from the centre of Marylebone, where highlights include an outdoor sports area and world-famous London Zoo.