A quaint ‘village’ feel in the heart of London, Marylebone has long been attracting visitors with its English charm. Famously home to literary greats including Lord Byron and Charles Dickens, the area is also most notably the fictional home of the world’s best loved detective, Sherlock Homes.
In more recent years the area has appealed to musical legends like Jimi Hendrix, several members of the Beatles and Madonna. With so many famous residents, celebrity spotters may well catch a glimpse of their favourite stars on the streets of Marylebone. Failing that, the uncannily lifelike waxworks of Madam Tussauds is a welcome alternative.
Marylebone is bursting with culture, with delightful period architecture dominating the area and museums such as The Wallace Collection and performance venue, Wigmore Hall. Based in an historic London townhouse, The Wallace Collection is a great place to view an extensive range of 18th century French art. For a unique musical experience, Wigmore Hall is a real treat. Offering a calendar of events throughout the year ranging from classical concerts to early music and jazz.
With its rich literary routes, it’s no surprise that one of London’s most renowned book shops, Daunts, chose this area to base its flagship store. Literary fans flock to the area to peruse the shop and visit the famous Baker Street, where Sherlock Holmes’ famous bachelor pad resides.
Just a 10 minute walk from the UK’s most famous shopping street, Oxford Street, Marylebone is a great choice for keen shoppers. The area’s own high street offers a plethora of charming boutiques and independent stores, whilst the weekly Saturday Farmer’s Market is a must for avid foodies.
There are plenty of opportunities in Marylebone to take a moment to soak it all in, with Regent’s Park on the doorstep, along with a number of attractive green spaces dotted around.