Browse upscale items in independent stores and people-watch from a café in this historic and fashion-conscious part of the city.
Tucked behind roads and quaint alleys, the busy and dynamic Marylebone High Street is a hidden gem. Elegant shop fronts adorn the lower floors of the rows of historic buildings flanking the narrow road. Browse the range of stores and cafés to experience the charm of this lovely street.
Gaze up at the dome and spire sprouting from the 19th-century St. Marylebone Parish Church. The village of Marylebone was initially built around the first incarnation of the church, which was constructed in the 1400s. Admire the white columns and large pediment of the current church.
Stroll along the sidewalks and visit the various boutiques and independent retailers that give the high street its appeal. Specialist shops sell a great range of items, including beautifully made musical instruments. Among the most famous are the Conran Shop, in a converted stable, and the Edwardian travel bookshop, Daunt Books.
Dine in the exclusive cafés and restaurants with gourmet menus and haute cuisine. Consider staying in one of the ritzy hotels in the area.
Browse the works in the Jaggedart and Railings art galleries. Purchase sweet delights from the patisseries and chocolate shops and have a quiet picnic on a one of the benches in the area. You can also find practical establishments on this street, such as banks, pharmacies, supermarkets and a hospital clinic.
Note that despite its spelling, the name of the high street is usually pronounced by locals as “Mahly-bone.” The street has a rich history and was popular with music enthusiasts in the 18th century who visited the former Marylebone Gardens venue. Such composers as George Frideric Handel performed at this arena.
Marylebone High Street runs north to south from the southern end of Regent’s Park for about 1,600 feet (500 meters). It is parallel to the western Baker Street in northwest London. Take the London Underground to the stations of Regent’s Park, Baker Street or Bond Street to get here. See nearby attractions, including Madame Tussauds London, the Wallace Collection and the BT Tower.