The Smarter Guide to… Marylebone
Discover the best restaurants, boutiques and places to visit in this chic central London neighbourhood with a village feel.
PLACES TO VISIT
Intimate and with excellent acoustics, this is a world-class venue for chamber music. Classical music stars often top the bill and you’re as likely to hear Bach and Beethoven played as you are new commissions from today’s most exciting composers.
36 Wigmore Street; wigmore-hall.org.uk
Named after Prince Regent (who became King George V), this much-loved park has it all: tree-lined pathways, children’s playgrounds, a boating lake and Queen Mary’s Gardens, planted with 12,000 roses. Best known for being the home of London Zoo and, in the summer, the fantastic Open Air Theatre.
Sherlock Holmes Museum
Located at the fictional home of Sherlock Holmes, this museum in a Georgian townhouse gives visitors a glimpse of life in Victorian London. Filled with furniture and curiosities, it’s a treasure trove of items relating some of the detective’s famous cases.
221b Baker Street; sherlock-holmes.co.uk
PLACES TO EAT
The Italian Greyhound
Inspired by Italy’s bacaro, this bar and dining room is a casual-but-cool spot for spritz cocktails and supper. Head chef Yohei Furuhashi (ex River Café) serves up handmade pasta, pizzettes and small plates: grilled sardines or prosciutto and black figs, say. When the sun shines, nab a table under the striped-awning on the terrace.
62 Seymour Street; theitaliangreyhound.co.uk
Paul Rothe & Son
Originally a greengrocer when it opened in 1900, this fourth-generation family-run institution has evolved into a delicatessen, sandwich shop (fillings include salt beef and mustard, and prawn mayonnaise) and coffee pit-stop. Jams, jellies and chutneys fill the shelves and window display, and there’s often a queue out the door at lunchtime.
35 Marylebone Lane
Part of the Corbin & King empire (The Wolseley, The Delauney), this all-day café transports diners to early 20th-century Vienna with its wood-panelled walls, oil paintings and leather booths. The menu is classic Viennese – schnitzels, goulash, roll mop herrings – the wine list features bottles from Austria, Germany and Hungary.
50 Marylebone High Street; fischers.co.uk
‘Cooking across borders’ is the mantra at chef-owner Ravinder Bhogal’s pretty restaurant (think Indian tablecloths, wall hangings from Uzbekistan and colourful paper flower displays by the Pom Pom Factory) where flavours are influenced by places such as South Asia and East Africa.
19-21 Blandford Street; jikonilondon.com
PLACES TO SHOP
This is the go-to street for independent fashion boutiques (and Andre Balazs’ A-list favourite, Chiltern Firehouse hotel and restaurant). Don’t miss Cire Trudon for exquisite candles; Casely-Hayford for ready-to-wear and made-to-measure menswear; and Bella Freud for slogan knitwear. There’s also lifestyle store Mouki Mou, which sells a curated edit of womenswear, jewellery and homeware such as glasses and linens. When you need a break from browsing, refuel at the Chiltern Street Deli.
trudon.com; casely-hayford.com; bellafreud.com; moukimou.com
The Conran Shop
Founded by the late Sir Terence Conran, this is the place for both design classics and future collectables. Smaller items (handcrafted ceramics, terrariums) are on the ground floor; head to the second floor for furniture such as Alvar Aalto stools and chairs by the likes of Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen.
55 Marylebone High Street;
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