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Travel Great Britain: Stroll through Marylebone in London

London has all these grand places to visit. There is Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussauds, the London Eye, the Tower of London and there is Westminster Abbey, but then, there is so much more. Have you ever wondered where you find an English village atmosphere, the grandeur of a Viennese cafe house, or where you can buy artisan Stilton in a ceramic pot and visit one of the sexiest bookstores in the whole wide world in the capital city of the UK? Come follow me, I’ll show you.


We will visit the London borough of Marylebone where we go for a wander along Marylebone High Street towards Oxford Street. In this part of town you find darling period architecture, enchanting mews and divine coffee shops. Marylebone and its pronunciation is a bit unclear, there are several versions, I pronounce it Mar-le-bon, others pronounce it Marley-bone or Mar-le-bone. From what I gather all different versions are accepted. Take the tube to as close as possible to Marylebone High Street, probably best to get off at Regents Park tube station on the Bakerloo Line (that is the brown one on the tube map).


From Regents Park tube station walk towards Park Crescent to look at the Architecture of Park Crescent. This semi-circle crescent of houses south of Marylebone High Street was designed by Buckingham Palace architect John Nash and completed in 1821.

Your first stop of the day is for breakfast at Fischer's. You are in one of London's hippest districts but here you find the old world charm of the 1920s. It is as classic as classic can get. Muslin tablecloths, monogrammed cutlery, the friendliest waiters plus delicious goods. The interior is instagram worthy. Best to book in advance (even for breakfast). It is certainly a little bit of an unusual recommendation, but please also visit the loo (or say ladies or gents). Yes, they are this beautiful. 50 Marylebone High Street. Please visit the website for opening hours and contact details.

Walk a few steps back to visit The Conran Shop. Just window shopping and browsing the store in a former stable full of design classics and vintage finds is an event in itself and will inspire you to live a vibrant life. Sir Terence Conran the English designer is a well-known restaurateur and has written several books. This is the store where you'll find items you never even knew you needed. 55 Marylebone High Street. Please visit the website for opening hours.

When you come out of the store, turn into the little street next to the shop to have a look around Devonshire Mews, a row of houses that are converted from stables and carriage houses. Remember though, it is private properties. Go back to Marylebone High Street, right opposite you can visit the St Marylebone Church where Lord Byron was christened. By the way, the borough of Marylebone gets its name from this church and a stream that once ran through this area.


If you walk a bit further down you reach the shop The Natural Kitchen. Here you find everything locally sourced, grab a fresh juice and have a browse. This is the perfect place to buy a foodie souvenir, think hand-ladled artisan blue Stilton cheese in a ceramic pot and the like. If that wouldn’t be enough there is also a homeware store in the basement. 77/78 Marylebone High Street. Please visit the website for opening hours.

Walk on a few moments to dive into Daunt Books, the Edwardian bookshop opened its doors in 1912 as an antique book seller. It is known for its travel books but also sells fiction and factual books. If you are into reading, this is the place to be. Books are stored in oak galleries, light streams in through skylights. So far I haven't had a question the staff couldn't answer. Heaven. 83 Marylebone High Street. Please visit the website for opening hours.


Head to the MonocleCafé for an espresso and a snack, the beans are from Allpress coffee roaster. It is the café run by Monocle Magazine and you will of course always find the latest issue here. 18 Chiltern Street. Please visit the website for opening hours.

Only a few metres further towards Oxford Street is the Wallace Collection. Visit this national museum in a historic townhouse to look at sculptures, paintings, decorative art and ceramics collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Hertford House, Manchester Square. Please visit the website for opening hours.

The last stop of our tour is the department store Selfridges. The store was founded by Harry Selfridges in 1909. The American brought all his, until that day unknown, marketing strategies from the US with him and made this store a success. The window displays are a delight to look at and are often pieces of art. Try to get your hands on Mr Selfridges, a series aired on TV from 2014 to 2016 about the hectic founding years of the store.

That is a lot of history and stylish places in one day, and in total you will have only walked 1.6 miles. By now it will be evening. Jump into a taxi and drive 3.2 miles to have dinner at restaurant Grain Store. You will find a creative and vegetarian friendly menu in a former (you can guess it) grain store. It is in an exciting new-ish urbanized part of town and right next door to Central Saint Martins. This is a trendy and fun place with sapid food you want to keep eating for hours. Book online in advance. Granary-Square, 1-3 Stable Street, Charing Cross. 


If you aren’t dead tired yet walk to King's Cross Station to see this overwhelmingly beautiful structure. The refurbished concourse opened to the public in 2012. It is already an icon and a great station from where to head to the hotel. 



Looking for another walk through London? Read Wapping Walking Tour: Poverty, sailors, slaves, pirates and pubs. For many more London ideas you might want to read The Travel Writers' Ultimate Guide to a London Heathrow Layover.

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