How to make the most of Marylebone High Street, London

Marylebone High Street, London

Marylebone High Street is sometimes overlooked when you’re in Oxford Street or visiting Madame Tussauds and Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street. Aside from finding things to do in Chelsea London, you can also find things to do in Marylebone High Street. Marylebone is another very upper-class area of London. There are many old store fronts dating back to the 18th – 19th Century with 21st Century shops. You can find high end restaurants where you’ll pay £5 for a bottle of water. If you’re on a mid-scale budget, you can visit a very special pub sitting in the corner. More on that below. This is my time in the neighbourhood of Marylebone.

The nearest station is actually Baker Street, not Marylebone Underground Station. You’ll be going further. As I stepped out of Baker Street tube station, the first thing I noticed was the big Globe pub sitting in the corner of the main crossroad. Like any other areas of London, traffic is slow and can be stressful. I saw many black taxi cabs all lined in a row stuck under the red traffic lights among several cars. As I turned left, a large statue of Sherlock Holmes stood in front of everyone walking past. People don’t seem to notice the statue, but ahead of me was Madame Tussauds (link). The large green dome roof catches people’s eyes.

Insider’s Advice: The tube can get hot, stuffy, and cramped with people being so close to you, so if you’re not used to going underground, avoid it. Even if you’re on the buses, it can be tight spaced but at least there’s air around you.

I crossed the road to go towards Chiltern Street. The tall orange bricked buildings dating back to the 18th Century still stands proud and tall. As I walked further on, I saw many 19th Century boutique shops ranging from upscale fashion boutiques, quirky cafes, and many others. It felt I stepped back in time, back to the 18th Century. Take photos of the Instagram worthy Monocle Café and the Bridal Rogue Gallery bridal shop. Seep in your surrounding as you walk through. It’s a very quiet walk. Walk further on and you’ll see the Chiltern Firehouse, an 18th Century fire station converted into a 3-star hotel. Walk further and you’ll be in Marylebone High Street.

Marylebone High Street, London

 

Fromagerie Fruit and Vegetable StallAt the start of the October month 2021, on a sunny yet cold and windy day, Marylebone High Street is as busy as ever even during the time of the pandemic.

Everywhere you go, you’re surrounded by high end fashion and beauty stores, upper class cafes and restaurants where you can sit outside under the colourful awnings…if you’re up for it, buy a bottle of water for £5 in one of the restaurants 😀. You can see Jaguars, Range Rovers, Porsches parked on the narrow street, cars and black taxi cabs drive by slowly moving. There are more black taxis driving by than other types of vehicles. Just think that this street has been around since the 17th Century and the only thing that changed are the interior shops and flashy modern cars. I can smell expensive perfume as I walked through the high street and people carrying expensive shopping bags, not to mention fresh food coming from nearby cafes, pubs, and restaurants.

La Portegna store in Marylebone, LondonMarylebone High Street, London

 

At the start of the October month 2021, on a sunny yet cold and windy day, Marylebone High Street is as busy as ever even during the time of the pandemic.

Everywhere you go, you’re surrounded by high end fashion and beauty stores, upper class cafes and restaurants where you can sit outside under the colourful awnings…if you’re up for it, buy a bottle of water for £5 in one of the restaurants 😀. You can see Jaguars, Range Rovers, and Porsches parked on the narrow street, cars and black taxi cabs drive by moving slowly. There are more black taxis driving by than other types of vehicles. Just think that this street has been around since the 17th Century and the only thing that changed are the modern interior of the shops and flashy modern cars. The store front still kept its 19th Century charm. I can smell expensive perfume as I walked through the high street and people carrying expensive shopping bags, not to mention fresh food coming from nearby cafes, pubs, and restaurants.

 

Marylebone High StreetMarylebone High Street Shops

 

There’s not a lot of people browsing in fashion boutiques as it’s expensive, you can also see the shop assistants standing staring into space or on the cashier desks. The only shops that are busy are cafes and restaurants with people sitting both inside and outside. If there were customers in retail shops, there were only one or two walking slowly browsing, a complete opposite to the neighbouring Oxford Street where people have their H&M, Zara, or New Look bags.

I went inside Anthropologie, a fashion and interior design store and here, I could see pink wine and champagne glasses, coffee cups in the colour of khaki green, and white China plates with gold rims on the edge.

The dark yet intimate Rituals perfume and beauty shop, I could smell the strong aroma of perfume. The giant white flower tree made as decoration stood out in the middle of the shop which made it look attractive.  In one of the high-end fashion boutiques, it felt warm as the heating was on…it was cold outside. I could smell fresh fabric and leather from the brown shades of clothes, bags, and gold jewellery. A tartan bag would cost around £75, and a jacket would cost around £200.

A white store selling chocolates had glass cases full of chocolates. I could see luxurious chocolates in different shades of brown. There were also heart shaped chocolates in yellow, pink, and peach not to mention different coloured of macarons sitting in front of the window. For a small 18 piece, a box would cost you £19.

La Fromagerie, the fresh fruit and vegetable store was dark, and I can smell old cheese mixed with fresh vegetables. You can see red plum tomatoes, cabbages, apples and pears, fresh meat in the fridge, different kinds of organic nuts and red wine from all around Europe, mainly Italy, France, and Spain. It still feels like stepping back to the 17th Century buying fresh fruits and vegetables.

Daunt Books interiorDaunt Books Store

 

The famous Daunt Books store is a recommendation from me. You MUST visit this store, especially if you’re a book lover.

As I stepped inside the green coloured 19th Century Daunt Books store, I was surrounded by books of different colours. It looked like bright primary coloured paint had been splashed on every books. I was in book heaven. There were hundreds of books on the shelves and only had 2 or 3 copies of the same title. From biography, nonfiction to fiction, to books on Asia, Africa, interiors, children’s books, and fashion. You can find them all.

The cashier points can be found as you enter the shop. It smelled of old wood since all the shelves were made of dark wood. At the same time, I could smell fresh paper from new books, and all the books seemed like it hadn’t been touched. Several round tables were placed all around the shop with around 30 titles stacked up with six to seven brand new copies. There were many selections that you just want to read them all. It’s better than the high street chain store Waterstones. It’s more intimate.

The back of the shop has a large 18th Century window painted in white with the stained glass. You can find a lot of professional stock photos on the internet, and it made the bookstore look bigger than it is. It’s smaller and narrower in real life, but it was nice to be swallowed in books. There are stairs going down to more books and a balcony on either side.

The bookshop seemed to be popular as you can see people browsing and you can hear footsteps from shoes as people walk by. It’s quiet like a library but with some conversations between the booksellers and customers. As a book lover, I felt I could buy all the books as I love gaining knowledge and stories in different forms.

Daunt Books
Daunt Books, Marylebone, London

Where to eat

 

Insider’s tips on where to eat and drink: If you want to grab something to eat, visit The Prince Regent Pub, it’s got fish and chips, British sausage, and mash, sharing plates and starters. The Marylebone Pub only serve pizza, but if you want a nice quiet drink, this is the pub to go to, it’s less busy than the Prince Regent pub.

 

The Prince Regent Pub

The Prince Regent Pub isn’t a big pub compared to the one in Central London and the West End.  It can be busy, and it also has an 18th Century feel to it with old wooden tables and dark green and red leather chairs with a couple of large British Victorian-style golden framed mirrors. You would often see several people sitting at the bar. I could see paintings of crowds of people during Georgian Britain with their Georgian outfits. It does feel like a pub as you can smell the beer, hear people talking and the music is not as loud, but at the same time it feels intimate with its dim lighting. Aside from going to the bar to order your food, you can also pay through the QR code on the menu, scan the code, and order and pay from the comfort of your table. Pubs are usually busy, it’s quite rare to find a pub very quiet in London especially during football season.

Try the fish and chips here. You can smell the minted crushed peas and the hotness of the fish with your hand and nose. It did warm the back of my finger a bit.

Once you’ve finished your meal, there’s a Garden of Rest full of bushes and wooden benches away from the busy high street. A large and tall memorial stone statue can be found in the memory of one of the priest’s wives at the church nearby. If you’re not too tired, feel free to visit Oxford Street situated in the West End. Read my West End walk for more information. This is where my adventure in Marylebone High Street ends.

Have you thought about going to North Devon as a day trip from London? The nearest station is Paddington Underground Station, a few minutes away from Marylebone Underground Station, and it will take approximately 4 hours to get there. Whether you have a day or 5 days to spare, you can check out this 5 day itinerary in North Devon for some ideas.

If you have any questions about Baker Street or Marylebone, please contact me on Facebook. For now, take care and be safe. 

Fish and Chips at the Prince Regent Pub, Marylebone, London
The Prince Regent Pub, London
Sherlock Holmes Museum, London
Madame Tussauds London
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