What’s it got that we love?
With red-brick mansions flanking elegant streets, Marylebone is the perfect upscale London village, a mere whisper from Oxford Circus. You’ll find everything here: great shopping and restaurants, green space in nearby Hyde Park and Regent’s Park, and an almost Parisian urban swagger. It offers a lifestyle balance that is rarely found in central London, with a close-knit community and bustling yet “boutiquey” high street.
It’s odd to think that Marylebone was neglected a while ago. A sniff of change came with the Conran Shop in 1997, then the area became chic. Now Marylebone Village – immediately around Marylebone High Street – is one of London’s most fashionable neighbourhoods.
Its charm lies in its preservation. The area has been kept well by landowners such as the Portman and Howard de Walden estates, which have held office blocks at bay. “The major freeholders are proud of the vibrant community they’ve helped to create,” says Nick Poppe, director of Savills Marylebone and Fitzrovia. “Now it’s a destination in its own right.” At weekends, Marylebone High Street offers the perfect passeggiata.
Convenience reigns. Marylebone is close to several hospitals and the healthcare hotspot Harley Street. It has transport links to Heathrow, the City and the country. “I always tell people that we have everything here,” Poppe says.