One of my favourite London nabes has to be the charming enclave of Marylebone. A short walk from the West End, Marylebone is the perfect place to spend the day. As per, my focus will be firmly on the shopping (of which there is quality and quantity in Marylebone), with a few additional things to see and do for good measure.
Start off with breakfast – you’re going to need your energy for the agenda I have planned for you. And for breakfast, I start you off where most of the action is in Marylebone – on the Marylebone High Street. More specifically, the Tapa Room. Its a fusion of wine bar and cafe, run by Kiwis, with Pacific Island influences. Its delicious breakfasts and excellent coffee are the perfect way to start your day.
shopping – fashion
Next I suggest a spot of shopping, and from the Tapa Room, you have some of the best shopping London has to offer right there on Marylebone High Street.
For fashion, you can experience the united nations of style. Channel your inner French girl at French favourites Maje, Sandro, BA&SH and Claudie Pierlot. Or, check out the quirky Spanish designs at Bimba y Lola, Italian footwear at Ash, and then head up to Danish darling By Malene Birger for some seriously luxe designs.
shopping – other
If fashion isn’t your thing, fear not. There’s therapy available for you of the retail variety with some fab homewares, skin care and books. For homewares, the behemoth Conran Shop stands at the top of Marylebone High Street. With a huge collection of homewares you’ll get lost amongst as you mentally re-decorate your home from here.
Alternatively, Scandi-phones like me will delight in the minimal yet so divine wares at Skandium. From Iitala to Georg Jensen to Orrefors and everything in between, Skandium has a comprehensive collection of the best of Scandinavian design.
Stop in at the gorgeously designed Aussie skincare darling, Aesop, for all your cleansing, moisturising and aroma needs.
And no visit to Marylebone is complete without a visit to Daunt Books, if not for the books, then for the charming, old school interior of this London institution.
All that shopping is enough for anyone to work up quite the appetite. So head no further than La Fromagerie on Moxon Street, just off the high street. Marvel at the cheese room and pick up a little cheesey treat for later on, before you indulge in a light lunch of fresh cafe fare.
Now I wouldn’t leave you with a agenda that doesn’t include the cultural box to tick off (so you don’t feel too guilty). And the Wallace Collection on Manchester Square is chockers full of culcha. Twenty-five galleries set in the most decadent London townhouse, complete with Old Masters and armoury.
The cafe at the Wallace Collection is also a good place for a mini pitstop before your next activity…
Yes, by this stage I recommend a cocktail or two, in order to stay hydrated. My pick for drinks is at the bar at the Chiltern Firehouse on Chiltern Street. Although the wine list is excellent and cocktails perfect, it is the ideal spot for a bit of people watching.
Now I will give you a couple of dining options for your evening in Marylebone. The first is the Providores, which is above the Tapa Room where you embarked on your sensory urban journey around Marylebone. Run by the same people, the Providores has the most extensive collection of New Zealand wines, and fabulous fusion dishes you won’t be disappointed by.
The second option is Social Wine and Tapas on James Street. Part of Jason Atherton’s social group of restaurants, Social Wine and Tapas is not the best of his bunch, but it is all the same a very decent tapas resto to end your Marylebone experience.