London Guide: Ten Things To Do In Marylebone London. This beautiful area in West End London has an upmarket village feel thanks to the leafy streets, independent boutiques and delightful eateries. You can visit the wonderful Wallace Collection which is a grand house filled to the gills with magnificent masterpieces and ostentatious decorative objects. Get lost in the labyrinth of Alfie’s Antiques Market or immerse yourself in the shopping sanctuary of Selfridges & Co. Read my Ten Things To Do In Marylebone List for more information.
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Ten Things To Do In Marylebone List
10 Things To Do In Marylebone List:
1. Feel at home as you explore the maximalist interiors at The Wallace Collection
2. Get lost in a bygone era as you wander around Alfie’s Antiques Market
3. Discover an antique treasure from one of the Church Street Shops
4. Soak up the atmosphere of the traditional Church Street Market
5. Get your contemporary art fix at the internationally acclaimed Lisson Gallery
6. Explore the independent shops and eateries along the pretty Marylebone Streets
7. Shop till you drop at the iconic department store Selfridges & Co
8. Escape the crowds and enjoy an alfresco dining experience at St Christopher’s Place
9. Take a selfie next to your favourite celebrity at Madame Tussauds
10. Solve a mystery at the Sherlock Holmes Museum
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The Wallace Collection: This wonderful national museum displays lavish eighteenth and nineteenth-century art, fancy furniture, and decadent decorative objects. We have the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace to thank for the collection. It was bequeathed to the British nation by Lady Wallace (Sir Richard’s widow) in 1987. Wander through the rooms at Herford House where you can admire the ornamental and theatrical Rococo interiors. The Wallace Collection is open seven days a week with free entry. There is a restaurant on the premises should you wish to combine dining with your visit.
The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN
Alfie’s Antiques Market: If you enjoy rummaging around antique markets, you’ll absolutely love Alfie’s. Spread over four floors of an art deco building, you will probably get lost inside because the layout is a bit confusing due to an abundance of staircases. You can buy antique jewellery, vintage fashion, mid-century modern furniture, decorative objects, glassware and so much more from private art dealers at this indoor market. Located on the top of the building is the rooftop café where you can order simple dishes such as Jacket Potato, Sandwiches and Cakes. The Alfayez Market is next door which is dedicated to Middle Eastern antiques.
Alfie’s Antiques Market: 13-25 Church Street, NW8 8DT
Church Street Antique Shops: Alfie’s Antiques Market is located on Church Street which has plenty of independently owned antique, retro and vintage shops. Some of these dealers started out at Alfie’s and have since acquired their own premises. The shops include; Young & Son, Vincenzo Caffarella, Victoria Harvey, Patricia Harvey, Schmid McDonagh, Sans Pretension, Rare Rugs, Nick Jones, Les Trois Garcon, Les Coulles de Cien, Deborah Woolf Vintage and James Worrall.
Church Street Antiques: Church Street, London NW8 8ED
Church Street Market: There is an authentic community street market hosted Monday to Saturday from 8 am until 6 pm on Church Street. It is the largest market in Westminster with 135 stalls during the week and around 220 on Saturday. You can buy an array of goods from reasonably priced fashion to household products and food. A few stalls have small cafes with seating. When you have walked past the market, you can browse the antique shops and pop into Alfie’s Antiques Market.
Church Street Market: NW8
Lisson Gallery: This is one of the most influential international galleries showing contemporary art in the world. It supports 60 artists who are showcased in the Lisson galleries located in London, New York, and Shanghai. The two London venues, in Bell Street and Lisson Street, are situated close to each other. Entrance is free so it is well worth checking out if you are in the area.
Lisson Gallery: 27 Bell Street NW1 5BY and 67 Lisson Street NW1 5DA
Marylebone Streets: One of the best things to do in this area is window shopping or sipping a coffee at one of the cute cafés. The best streets to seek out in this area include Marylebone Lane, Marylebone High Street, Blandford Street, Moxon Street, Paddington Street, Crawford Street, and Chiltern Street. These are filled with boutiques, interiors stores, food shops, restaurants, cafes, and pubs. Wigmore Street is brilliant if you want to view luxury interior showrooms displaying kitchens, bathrooms, and furniture. A few of my favourite stores include The Conran Shop on Marylebone High Street, Another Country furniture shop on Crawford Street and John Bell & Croyden, a large pharmacy on Wigmore Street. Food lovers should seek out La Fromagerie cheesemongers on Moxon Street, Jikoni Indian Restaurant on Blandford Street and Paul Rothe and Son which is a traditional sandwich shop on Marylebone Lane.
La Fromagerie: 2-6 Moxon Street, W1U 4EW
Selfridges & Co: Treat yourself to a luxury handbag, designer perfume or a piece of expensive jewellery at this world-famous department store. Whether you want to browse yourself or enlist the help of a personal shopper, make sure you schedule in some time to eat, drink and get pampered. Founded by Henry Gordon Selfridge in 1908, who revolutionised the shopping experience in Britain, do visit if you’re a fan of the TV Show.
Selfridges & Co: 400 Oxford Street W1A 1AB
St Christopher’s Place: Tucked away in between Oxford Street and Wigmore Street, in Marylebone, you will find a charming area called St Christopher’s Place. It is filled with eateries and adorable fashion boutiques. The main square is pedestrianised so you can enjoy an alfresco meal without traffic whizzing by. It’s a two-minute walk from Bond Street Station.
St Christopher’s Place: 22 Barrett Street, W1U 1BF
Madame Tussauds: Famous waxwork museum with life-size and realistic looking figures of well-known people. You can meet the royals, business leaders, world leaders, actors, pop stars, YouTubers and more. Read the history on the website which is fascinating.
Madame Tussauds: Marylebone Road, NW1 5LR
Sherlock Holmes Museum: According to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson resided at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904. You can visit the house which is dedicated to the famous fictional detective. This is a small privately-owned museum so ideal if you’re a big fan of the books. It is open every day except Christmas day, you can’t buy tickets in advance, you have to go to the house. Take your picture by the Sherlock Holmes Statue which is outside Baker Street Station.
Sherlock Holmes Museum: 221b Baker Street, NW1 6XE.
Ten Things To Do In Marylebone Information
Marylebone is located in the West End of London which is part of the City of Westminster. It is bordered by Oxford Street (south), Marylebone Road (north), Edgware Road (west) and Great Portland Street (east). It lies in between Regent’s Park and Hyde Park. The area is named after a church dedicated to St Mary (now St Marylebone Paris Church) which was built on the bank of a stream or ‘bourne’ called the Tybourne / Tyburn. To find out more about the history read the page on Wikipedia. The nearest stations are London Marylebone, Baker Street, Great Portland Street, and both Edgeware Road Stations. To see more photographs of the area take a look at my Love Marylebone London Pinterest Board. Enjoy your visit.
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