The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Marylebone
If you want to get to know one of the best areas to stay in Central London, we've got the skinny for you.
Marylebone is a trendy residential neighbourhood in Central London that immerses visitors and residents alike in a quintessentially British atmosphere with its Georgian architecture and cobblestone streets.
Where To Stay In Marylebone
Sherlock Holmes Museum
If you’re a fan of the famed deerstalker-wearing detective, then a stop by 221B Baker Street is a must. The literary home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, the place has been made into a museum dedicated to all things Sherlock. Inside you’ll find rooms recreated as Doctor John Watson and Sherlock’s bedrooms and the living room where the pair sat and worked on cases. There’s also mannequins dressed as different characters from the universe like the infamous James Moriarty and Irene Adler. Other rooms display props with facts from the novels.
Want more? Check out the front of Baker Street station to see a marble statue of the great Sherlock Holmes.
You can’t miss the famous attraction on Marylebone Road, with its bright red painted walls and blue dome. The collection has over 300 wax figures of celebrities, movie characters, historical icons, and political figures. If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Angelina Jolie, or Her Majesty the Queen, now’s your chance.
The Wallace Collection
Across from Manchester Square is the Wallace Collection, an art gallery that was established in 1897. The 4th Marquess of Hertford, Richard Seymour-Conway, left his private art collection to his son, Richard Wallace, whose wife then donated it to England.
The collection dances between being a museum and home and settles for being a mix of the two. There are a number of works from all over Europe. Some famous works on display are by Rembrandt, Diego Velázquez, Anthony van Dyck, and François Boucher. In addition to paintings, the collection has an impressive array of sculptures, ceramics, porcelain and French furniture, and armour.
Originally known as Bechstein Hall when it was first built in the late 1800s, Wigmore Hall suffered as a result of the First World War. It was built by a German piano manufacturer, Carl Bechstein, and seized as enemy property during the war. It was then auctioned off and renamed.
Today, it still holds up as an intimate concert venue that hosts different musicians and performers. They even broadcast weekly performances on BBC Radio 3’s lunchtime concert series.
Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop and Tasting Room
The name speaks for itself at Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop and Tasting Room. You can peruse the shelves and see all the different kinds of Scottish whiskies or you can head on to the Tasting Room to taste a piece of Scotland for yourself. There are different experiences available to book based on how much ground you’d like to cover during your session. Each one has different times and availability during the week so be sure to check out the website for more information.
Marylebone High Street
Unlike Oxford or Regent Street, Marylebone High Street is hidden away from the rest of London’s urban buzz. You’ll be able to enjoy looking through different shops without ever feeling rushed or crowded.
The street is lined with different shops and cafes to help you pass the time. Perhaps one of the more well known places is Daunt Books. Once you step inside, you’ll feel like you’ve been suddenly transported to an elegant and beautiful library, the likes of which you would find at prestigious universities. The interior boasts shelves and railings made from oak wood, a conservatory ceiling, a stained glass window, and green walls. The seemingly never-ending rows of books range in genre from travel to politics to fiction.
What to Eat and Drink
You can’t go wrong with a cheeky Nando’s. Casual and quick, this South African restaurant chain is sure to have something for you. Its menu centers around peri-peri style chicken and there are plenty of sides to pick from. You have the option to choose how spicy you want your food, from extra hot to mild, so don’t fret if you’re not one to err on the side of extra spice.
The capitalization in MEATliquor’s name is befitting for an American style restaurant that boasts an extensive meat menu. There’s a variety of burgers, hot dogs, fries, and there’s even vegan and vegetarian options too. With graffiti covered walls, quirky abstract art, low lighting, and loud music, your meal is sure to be an event.
If you’re hankering for a more ritzy atmosphere, then try Chiltern Firehouse. Inside the Chiltern Firehouse Hotel owned by André Balazs, the menu is currently being curated by head chef Nuno Mendes. Food here focuses on contemporary European dishes with a hint of American design. Reservations are hard to come by, especially for the evening, so be sure to try for earlier in the day. Chiltern is pricey, but worth the experience.
The Masons Arms
On the corner of Devonshire and Hallman Street is The Masons Arms. You can’t miss it - outside, all of the building’s windows are decorated with flowers and on inside are red leather seats and wooden paneling. You’ll find all the classic British foods here as well as some modern Thai dishes thrown into the mix. A traditional English pub through and through, there’s plenty of drink options to choose from. Take a break from exploring London here with a pint of Britain’s finest or some wine and kick back after a long day out.
Purl is one of London’s first speakeasies and the location itself is easy enough to miss with it being right under a sandwich shop. But once you step inside, you’ll be sent back in time to the Roaring Twenties. Besides the brown leather seating in the general area of the bar, there is alcove seating if you want a more intimate setting for a bigger group of people. Purl prides itself on providing drinks that engage the customer on a multi-sensory level by using fog, foam, and different aromas.