Marylebone Area Guide

Brief history to Marylebone

Marylebone is an exciting and vibrant area within the heart of Central and West London. It's renowned for is charming mix of independent shops, excellent street markets and fabulous restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Away from the main shopping arena Marylebone is a peaceful and picturesque residential area that has a certain village community feel, most people walk to work and shop locally.

Chiltern Street is the place to go for al fresco lunches, with its and has a bustling and lively atmosphere. It is here you will find a famous celebrity haunt Andre Balazs' Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel, the Chiltern Firehouse.

The area is named after the church dedicated to St Mary, now known as the St Marylebone Parish Church. In the 16th Century this small corner of Central and West London became known as St Mary at the Bourne, which over time has been shortened. Marylebone was first mentioned in the Domesday Book and formed part of the Barking Abbey Estate and was home to just fifty residents.

In 1710 John Holles the Duke of Newcastle bought the estate and passed it on through his daughter's dowry to the Earl of Oxford. They both recognised the need for prime development and commissioned the builder John Prince to draw plans for what is now known as the area surrounding Cavendish Square. Stunning large and impressive white stucco fronted terraces, tree lined avenues and pretty garden squares transformed Marylebone and it quickly became a highly desirable and sought after place in which to live.

Home to the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, today it is exciting, busy and fun filled. Marylebone offers fantastic green spaces, excellent amenities and a vast range of schools and colleges.

Types of Property in Marylebone

Marylebone is renowned for its exceptional architecture. Grand Georgian terraces, Victorian town houses and breath taking period conversions fill the area with grandeur. Stunning mansion blocks with their magnificent exteriors are the vastly becoming the perfect spaces to inject luxury into apartment style living.

Average rental prices

Marylebone is a highly desirable area within Central and West London and this is reflective in the cost of renting in the area. For a studio flat you will expect to pay in the region of £243.50 per week, for a one bedroom £688.25 per week and for a two bedroom property £1,025.75.

Council Tax Banding in Marylebone ranges from A – £448.50 to H – £1,345.48. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.

Who lives in Marylebone

Marylebone attracts professionals, city workers, bankers and international house hunters. Marylebone has become the favourite residential area for Harley Street Doctors. Young families are drawn to the village atmosphere and incredible choice of schools and amenities.

Marylebone has attracted famous faces for centuries notably Charles Dickens, T. S. Elliot and Paul McCartney.

What to do in Marylebone

La Fromagerie is one of the best cheese shops in the country and together with the award winning Ginger Pig butcher, can be found in this pretty corner of the capital. Alfie's antique market is on Church Street and it's claimed to be the best in London. Whiskey connoisseurs should visit Cadenhead's Whisky Shop and Tasting Room, a fabulous way to spend the afternoon.

One of the most perfectly preserved Georgian Townhouses and now private members club, Home House, is situated in Marylebone. Tucked away is the 'The Screen on Baker Street', an independent cinema with a range of art viewings, short release films as well as a good mix of commercial block buster movies. London's loveliest Farmers' Market is held every Sunday morning on Cramer Street and there is a weekly grocery market in the grounds of Marylebone's Parish Church.

Relax and have coffee in the basement of the Le Vieux Comptoir and sample the wares of one of the world's finest French delicatessens. The Wallace Collection on Manchester Square is home to 25 galleries of French decorative arts all contained in a vast Georgian Town House. The gallery is renowned for the popular painting called the 'swing' by artist Jean-Honore Fragonard. Interestingly the collection was left to the nation with a lasting condition that nothing was ever to go out on loan. It has its own coffee shop and restaurant in the courtyard garden run by the famous chef Oliver Peyton.


Marylebone has fantastic public transport links to and from the area. Tube stations can be found at Marylebone, Baker Street and Edgware Road.

There are numerous and frequent London bus services across Central and West London.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

There is an excellent choice of schools and colleges, for primary education the Skola International Community School, St George's School and the Hampden Gurney are recommended. For secondary level education the North Westminster Community School and the Portland Place School are known to have good Ofsted reports.

For more information on schools, colleges and universities in the area please visit our specified section here.