This months popular central London location is Marylebone. Here we give an overview on its history, architecture and the reasons to choose this area as your neighbourhood.
Marylebone gets its name from a church dedicated to St Mary, represented now by St Marylebone Parish Church (1817); the original church was built on the bank of a small stream or “bourne”, called the Tybourne or Tyburn. The area has been well-known since the 14th century when it was home to the Middlesex Gallows, otherwise known as “Tyburn Tree”, and attracted spectators from all over London for 400 years.
Distinguished by striking architecture and attractive garden squares, the neighbourhood is a majestic pocket of Central London with an interesting history abundant with Royal connections.
It only takes a short walk through this charming location to appreciate the variety of eras that have graced the locale. Set around a grid of roads filled with an elegant mixture of Georgian terraces, Victorian mansion blocks and Art Deco-style architecture, many of the building and street names derive from their noble patronage.
Today the location is owned by two major estates The Howard de Walden Estate (92 acres to the east of Baker Street) and the Portman Estate (110 acres to the west).
Manchester House which is home to the The Wallace Collection is a fine example of 16th and 17th century architecture.
Reasons to reside in Marylebone
The area provides an abundance of excellent restaurants, nightlife, quaint cafés and picturesque parks with Regents Park on your doorstep. Marylebone High Street is charming and is lined with traditional pubs, boutiques and shops. There is a farmer’s market every Saturday. The home of the most famous fictional detective in the world Sherlock Holmes bachelor flat at 221B Baker Street and Madame Tussauds waxworks is a short walk away. Baker Street and Bond Street Tube and Marylebone Railway Station offer excellent transport links.
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