London is all about different neighbourhoods and wandering around for a lovely lunch, afternoon shopping, evening drinks or great night out. Marylebone in Northern London is one of the areas where you can do all that. When you are done with Oxford street, Soho or the central London areas, come and explore this neighbourhood and use the below tips to find your way.
To get there make your way to Baker Street station or Marylebone station. From there Marylebone High Street or Chiltern Street are walking distance, and these could be your starting point for a wonder around.
For lunch – Organic is the dominating concept in Marylebone, with the just opened Daylesford farm shop and cafe (Blandford Street) setting the tone (opened in May 2015). The products from Daylesford come from the Gloucestershire farm where they have been farming for over 35 years. You will find meat, vegetables, other foods, but also merchandise, and a nice area where you can consume your organic breakfast, lunch or supper. But Daylesford is not the only one flagging its organic concept, The Natural Kitchen (Marylebone High Street), La Fromagerie (Moxon Street) and Conran’s Kitchen (Marylebone High Street) are other ones in the area where you can have a great organic lunch.
For coffee – Ample choice again, but make your way to find Nordic Bakery or Cafe Monocle at Chiltern Street to get your coffee or tea. Nordic Bakery has a minimalistic Scandinavian decor, and great sweets to accompany your coffee. And when you are a fan of Monocle magazine like I am, you should check out Monocle cafe to feel one with the creative and trendy crowd that you can find here.
For shops – you can find all the bigger brands here, but with a boutique feel as they are spread out over the area in smaller stores. For example my favorite French brands like Zadig et Voltaire, The Kooples, Loft, Sandro and Maje (all Marylebone High Street). With all of these you will recognise a strong simplistic style with a French wink to sexy elements. Oh, and don’t miss to walk in Matches fashion or Day Birger & Mikkelsen (Marylebone High Street) for some fashion statements.
Marylebone is also strong on shops on fragrances and perfume creation with leading brands in this field like Le Labo (Devonshire Street), Diptyque, Aesop, (all Marylebone High Street) or Cire Trudon (Chiltern Street). Or check representation of UK brands for interior design like Farrow & Ball (Paddington Street), Conran, and Designers Guild (Marylebone High Street). Convince your boyfriend to join as there are some stores specifically dedicated to male fashion, like Trunk lab and Trunk Clothiers (Chiltern Street), Men’s Shop (Chiltern Street), Catwalk vintage (Blandford Street), La Portegna where you can personalize accessories.
For drinks – late afternoon and evening is upon you, and you can easily hang around Marylebone and do a mini pub crawl. Go British pub at Coco Momo or Prince Regent (Marylebone High Street), or upscale London bar like at The Artesian (Portland Place) or Purl (Blandford Street). You will have a great night.
For dinner – it might be good to get some food in as well before making this a boozy night. The Chiltern Firehouse (Chiltern Street) is a great one to tick the box on, but make sure you’ve secured your reservation and have a paparazzi savvy look that evening. More down to earth is Opso (Paddington Street) with great Greek food, Fishworks (Marylebone High Street) for your fishy meals, or Fairuz (Blandford Street) if you want to share dishes and go Lebanese.
I hope I have convinced you to check out Marylebone on your next visit and enjoy a different corner of London.