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Area guide: Marylebone

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£200,000

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£750,000

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Marylebone Lane

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Bordering Fitzrovia, Mayfair, Paddington, and the sweeping greenery of Regent’s Park, Marylebone is right in the very heart of chic London. It is here that some of the capital’s swankiest hotels, eateries, and shops jostle for attention on streets typified by majestic red-brick buildings, mews houses, and al fresco café culture. This was also the stomping ground of the world’s most famous fictional sleuth – Sherlock Holmes. And today, it is home to well-heeled socialites, trendy art curators, and a moneyed, international set. Renowned for its village feel, Marylebone strikes a balanced note between frenetic Oxford Street and the calming expanse of Regent’s Park. It is, perhaps more than ever before, one of London’s most highly sought-after addresses.

It’s not just the architecture and old British charm that makes Marylebone an enticing prospect. It’s the convenience of the location. Connected by the central line (via Marble Arch and Bond Street stations) and the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Hammersmith, District and Circle lines (via Baker Street station) this zone 1 area is easily accessed by the whole of London. Serviced by umpteen buses, it is also linked to places like Aylesbury and High Wycombe by Marylebone station.

With the Wallace Collection, Wigmore Hall, and Madame Tussauds all within easy ambling distance, Marylebone is a draw for Londoners and tourists alike. Shopaholics flit between two iconic powerhouses – Selfridges and House of Fraser. And everywhere independent boutiques and trendy restaurants (like Orrery and Winter Garden) buzz and bustle.

Marylebone has always been a sophisticated destination, but the opening of Chiltern Firehouse – a 26-suite hotel and 200-capacity restaurant in 2013 – definitely gave the postcode an extra spark. Celebrities flock to this trendy venue like moths to a flame. In fact, it most recently hosted the Royal wedding after-party.

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Foodie heaven

Marylebone is undisputedly a place to see and be seen. And as such, it has attracted a scattering of Michelin-starred restaurants over the years as well as some hip, zeitgeisty venues. Trishna on Blandford Street is a Michelin-starred restaurant that rustles up primarily seafood dishes from the Southwest of India with real flavour and flair. The wood-panelled, minimalist, almost hipster interiors are an interesting aesthetic pairing to the exotic cuisine.

With exciting Italian food, an extensive wine list and notable ambience Locanda Locatelli (one Michelin star) impresses on every level.  World-renowned chef Giorgio Locatelli puts the emphasis firmly on the freshness of ingredients and culinary creativity. The result is memorable Italian food with a signature twist.

Texture Restaurant and Champagne Bar (one Michelin star) are currently headed up by the Icelandic chef Aggi Sverrisson. A menu brimming with modern European and Icelandic fusion dishes aims to turn the French fine dining tradition on its head – delighting the senses in the process.

The latest opening by a Michelin-starred chef – Simon Rogan – is Roganic, on Blandford Street. What was once an incredible two-year pop-up has now turned into a lasting establishment, bring elements of Simon’s two Michelin-starred restaurant, L’Enclume, to the table. The restaurant uses only the freshest produce from around the UK, producing imaginative and creative dishes that make the palette dance.

 

Movers and shakers

The Swedish, Swiss, and Chinese embassies are based in Marylebone, among others. You’ll also find some advertising agencies and solicitors’ offices and, slicing through the area, the famous Harley Street is known for its high-profile doctors and cosmetic surgeons. The net result of all this is a decidedly upmarket crowd – people who are prepared to pay for the very best of the best.

According to the last census, the population of Marylebone is approximately 48% female and 52% male. And the average age of inhabitants is 38. Each day sees a heavy footfall with time-rich (and cash-rich) clientele relaxing over long lunches or getting dolled up for evening dining.

A high concentration of luxury hotels in the area – like the Landmark Hotel and the Langham – ensures a steady stream of wealthy, cultured visitors. Whatever venture you have in mind, be it an easy-breezy café or starch-tableclothed venue, rest assured that the people of Marylebone have the lifestyle to match your offering.

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