Marylebone can feel like a smart little market town (there actually is a farmer’s market on Sunday mornings), plonked just north of Oxford Street and entirely populated by dedicated foodies. In fact, Marylebone teeters on the edge of twee but stays just about the right side up.
Boundried by Edgware Road to the West and Great Portland Street to the East, much of the area is actually made up of handsome 19th century townhouses, reeks of Regency London and has been one of the city’s best addresses for centuries. It might be less brash and blingy than Mayfair to the south but Seymour Street is dripping with Michelin stars and Harley Street is a sort of Bond Street for essential and non-essential medical procedures.
It is also an area very much having a moment, ‘rediscovered’ by Londoners who champion its leafy calm as, of course, it gets less and less calm every year. Still, Marylebone remains one of the city’s most charming quarters and there are few places better for leisurely afternoons of cake, coffee and dinner party plotting.
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221b Baker Street
Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective lived at 221b Baker Street, and you can still imagine the pipe-smoking sleuth at home in the area.
Alfies Antiques Market
A treasure trove dedicated to 20th century design.
There are few places better for leisurely afternoons of cake, coffee and dinner party plotting