Having been home to a number of well-known figures, Marylebone has established itself as both an elegant and fashionable destination. The area not only offers world class brands on its high streets, but also delicious fine-dining and historical landmarks.
A hidden gem of the West End. While it may not have the same hustle and bustle as the nearby Oxford Circus, it offers a more tranquil and cultured shopping experience with a wide array of boutiques for a variety of tastes; from the Spanish La Portegna, specialising in travel bags, shoes and accessories for stylish travellers, to Ortiga Sicillia, which offers natural Italian soaps and perfumes. Avid readers will be delighted by the rustic antique bookshop, Daunt Books, while chocolate connoisseurs can treat themselves to the sweet taste of Belgium at Marcolini.
Best known as the home of the iconic Sherlock Holmes, the street is also home to one of the world’s oldest functioning underground stations, with traces as far back as 1863. In real life, Baker Street has been home to several famous residents, including Arnold Bennett, HG Wells and Dusty Springer. While it is no longer a residential street, fans will no doubt enjoy the Sherlock museum, while other visitors can take in the rich history of one of the most iconic streets in London, or relax at one of the delicious restaurants it offers, including what some Londoners consider the best Dim Sum at Royal China.
First established as a hunting ground by King Henry VIII in 1536, Hyde Park is the largest Royal Park in London. Now a relaxing green haven in the heart of the city, the park provides leisure activities including horse-rising, boating and tennis. Visitors can also enjoy a relaxing stroll through the park, observe the wildlife of the Serpentine or bask in the beautiful flower beds of the Rose Garden. The park is also home to the Diana memorial fountain, a stream specially crafted to reflect Diana’s life and her generous personality.
Discover the prestigious shopping destination frequented by A-list stars. This stylish red brick street brings together the very best mix of goods and services provided by independent specialists. Shoppers will experience luxury brands like no other; including the English Cut, a bespoke tailoring brand known for outfitting the British Royal Family and Long Tall Sally, a leading store specialising in tall women’s clothing and shoes. For relaxing and refreshment, shoppers can visit Monocle Café, offering meals chosen by Monocle Magazine’s writers, or Yeotown Kitchen, specialising in a healthy and nutritious selection of food.
A short walk north from Oxford Circus, this beautifully preserved Georgian square from 1776 is named after the Duke of Manchester who built a mansion on its north side; now occupied by the free-to-enter Wallace Collection. Formerly, an art collection belonging to Sir Richard Wallace, the Wallace collection has been open to the public since 1900 and is best known for its vast collection of stunning French paintings. With over 5000 art pieces and 25 galleries, visitors will be sure to lose themselves in the mansion’s magnificent interior.