The Ultimate Guide to Marylebone High Street, London
Marylebone High Street has always been a shopping area for the rich and famous. The best thing about Marylebone High Street is its location; situated next to Baker Street, one of 14 famous streets in London, and the home of Sherlock Holmes. You can visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum while you’re here. Most say it’s the hidden gem of the West End, it’s hidden from most tourist spots. Although, the main street is quite narrow, it’s been voted the best street in 2002. Although the main road is always crowded with cars, and black taxis, there’s always traffic from either side of the road, Brits can be very orderly when it comes to giving way to other vehicles. As a pedestrian, you’d have to be careful where you cross though.
Marylebone High Street is sometimes overlooked when you’re in Oxford Street, 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 British 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 in Baker Street 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. 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. Some people get claustrophobic on the tubes.
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 boutique Chiltern Firehouse Hotel, an 18th Century fire station converted into a 5-star hotel. If your budget can afford it, book a room here. The only thing about it is that because it offers a very high specialised service, you can only have a maximum of 3 people in one room. It’s located in a very quiet location, and it’s quite different to your common 5-star hotels in Park Lane. Walk further and you’ll be in Marylebone High Street.
Marylebone High Street, London
At the beginning of the October month in 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 streets, cars and black taxi cabs drive by slowly moving. Just think this street has been around since the 17th Century, and the only thing that’s changed are the shop interior 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.
Marylebone High Street Shops
There’s not a lot of people browsing in the fashion boutiques as it’s too expensive. You can also see the shop assistants standing, and 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. This is a complete opposite to the neighbouring Oxford Street where people have their H&M, Zara, and 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 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 macarons sitting in front of the window. For a small 18 piece, a box would cost you £19. La Fromagerie, in the dark fresh fruit and vegetable store, 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 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 colours were painted and 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. It 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. The stock photos really 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. I love gaining knowledge and stories in different forms.
Marylebone High Street Restaurants
There are many restaurants scattered around Marylebone High Street. Marylebone High Street is the street for restaurants. From Italian, traditional British pubs, seafood cafe, a Japanese number with British ingredients, to French cuisines, you’re sure to find something to suit you. I’ve never personally been to any restaurants around here, but my tip with looking for a restaurant is to look at how many reviews there are on Google, and the more people review 4 – 5 stars, the better the service and quality. As I was here for the day, I chose to review The Prince Regent Pub because I wanted you to know what eating in traditional British pub feels like.
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 busier than the Prince Regent pub.
The Prince Regent Pub
The Prince Regent Pub isn’t a big pub compared to the one in the West End and the rest of Central London. It also has an 18th Century feel to it, and has old wooden tables, 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 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 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 in the evening, especially Friday and Saturday night. Since I visited on Tuesday afternoon, the pub was very quiet.
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.
La Brasseria Milanese
As the name suggests, you can visit La Brasseria Milanese if you decide to opt for an Italian number. La Brasseria Milanese is a part of the Brasseria family, and another restaurant Brasseria is situated in Westbourne Grove. La Brasseria Milanese serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has 450 4+ star reviews up to the year 2022. Breakfast starts from 8am – 11:30am, lunch and dinner is served from 12pm – 12pm, and brunch is only open weekends between 11am – 4pm. Wine and desserts are served all day. You can find the menu on their website, and it ranges from £4 – £7 for appetizers, £8 – £15 for starters, £14 – £35 for pastas, and £25 – £35 for mains. The blue awnings outside the restaurant, and the blue and gold decor of the restaurant made it feel classy and elegant, the waiters wearing white shirts with black wastcoats and silver trays made it look upper class. I took a peep from the streets and it seems it’s popular with the locals and tourists. I personally cannot afford it, but many people say La Brasseria Milanese is authentic and has great vibes. If you’re ever in Marylebone, check out La Brasserie Milanese. Compare Tripadvisor reviews with Google reviews and see what you think.
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