WELCOME TO MARYLEBONE
Situated just five minutes walk from the crowded throng of Oxford Street, affluent and eclectic Marylebone is a genteel micro-community of independent shops, fine restaurants, charming delicatessens and street-side cafes, all laid out on a rational grid system punctured by leafy garden squares. It couldn’t be more of a contrast to the busy shopping street, having more in common with areas such as Knightsbridge, although it’s arguable retained a little more historical charm due to the reduced number of modern housing developments. This is largely due to the fact that most of Marylebone is still owned by aristocratic estates – a unique position that has helped protect the area from too much change and allowed it to maintain a quaint atmosphere.
Marylebone is located in Central London, in the borough of Westminster. It borders St John’s Wood to the north, Mayfair to the south, and Fitzrovia to the east. The postcode is W1.
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Marylebone Through History
The Domesday Book, a manuscript record of the “Great Survey” of much of England and parts of Wales completed in 1086 by order of King William the Conqueror, makes reference to the manor of Tyburn, owned by Robert de Vere under the convent of Barking. Tyburn is recorded as having a value of 52 shillings and a population of no more than 50 people.
The area was famous for the executions of criminal that were taking place in the area.
During the Middle Ages, the small Church Tyburn on the bank of a small stream wsa built. The Medieval church was dedicated to St Mary the Virgin and consequently, the area which the site stands on became known as St Mary-la-Bourne translated as St Mary by-the-stream. Over time the location became shortened to its present form, Marylebone.
During the Tudor Ages, King Henry VIII bought the lands on the North part of the area to build a manor and have his own hunting park with deers. The King died before seeing his opera completed, but the area ended up beign what we now know as Regent’s Park.
In 1532, Sir William Portman of Somerset took out a lease for 270 acres of land which incorporated the manor of Lilestone and 11 Tyburn fields and in 1555 the freehold of the leased land, now known in Marylebone as the Portman Estate.
The Georgian Age shaped Marylebone the way we know it today. When Henrietta Harley inheredited the Tyburn Estate and married Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, she created the Harley-Cavendish Estate. Recognising the need of housing, she developed the Marylebone’s rural estate into a grid of fashionable tree-lined streets including Harley Street, with Cavendish Square as its focal point.
In 1755, Henry William Berkeley Portman, the distant heir of Sir William Portman of Somerset, began to develop the London Portman Estate. He began issuing the first building leases including one to William Baker who laid Baker Street.
In 1756, Marylebone Road was laid as ‘New Road’ providing a direct route to the City, bypassing Oxford Street. Originally developed as a cattle route, the road became pivotal in Marylebone’s urbanisation as it made the land further attractive for development.
The following decades saw an increase in the population of the area. Various clinics opened in Marylebone, founding the basis of what we still recognise as one of the most important medical center in London, around Harley Street.
Marylebone Station opened 1899 becoming a crucial point for the next urbanization phases of the area. The inauguration was atteneded by Queen Victoria herself.
During the Victoria Area we also saw the development of various Mansions blocks, as a result of the need of housing due to the Industrial Revolution.
The WWII seriously damaged Marylebone, as a result of the continuous bombing. After extensive bomb damages during the Second World War the Abercrombie Plan for the Rebuilding of London was created. Bryanston Square, Great Cumberland Place and Marylebone Station were particularly damaged and during the 1950s Marylebone High Street underwent significant renovations to its road and shops.
Over the XXth Centrury until now, we still see in Marylebone a continuous stream of new buildings coming, emblem of an area of London that is never resting. Now Marylebone is one of the most iconis London neighborhood, with fine apartments, fancy shops and restaurants and new building signing a new era for Marylebone.
Marylebone has everything to offer. We can say that “if you are bored in Marylebone, you are bored of life”.
Regent’s Park is world famous and there’s no denying why. Even on a scorching hot summer’s day (when we have one) this park doesn’t seem to get as noisy or busy as Hyde Park and we count that as a blessing. Beautiful flowers spread across 410 acres, cafes and The London Zoo – what’s not to love? It’s a bit more civilised which makes it the perfect spot for a quiet picnic. Last but not least, in the summer it hosts Regents Park Open Air Theatre which features fantastic plays. Outdoors.
For you cultural trips, we suggest the Sherlock Homes Museum, Upon entry, you’re greeted by ‘Doctor Watson’ wearing his bowler hat and attire. Here you’ll find an exact replica of Sherlock’s study, folders of fan letters addressed to the man himself, murder weapons and more. In fact, every aspect of the museum lets visitors travel back in time into this imaginary world we loved in the books and on screen.
The Wallace Collection is something unique as well. A prestigious art collection open to the public and one of the city’s secret gems. It features 25 galleries displaying 18th century French paintings, furniture and Old Master paintings. Located in a luxurious townhouse, the ambience is approachable and unpretentious. Oh, and it’s free to enter.
Book Lovers should pay a visit to Daunt Book in Marylebone High Street, This original Edwardian bookshop is every book lovers’ dream. It mostly specialises in travel books and is rumoured to be the first custom bookshop in the world. The interiors are grand, featuring high ceilings, oak galleries and regal skylights.
For eating we suggest a visit to the Winter Gardens in Landmark Hotel. Your willlove the afternoon tea they offer in magical environment, with a fost piano music playing on the background. Twist in Crafword Street is also unique for foodies looking for a nice wine selection to accompany the modern and tasty tapas.
Going back to Marylebone High Street, you will find La Fromagerie, There are cheese boards and then there are La Fromagerie cheese boards. We’d like to live in a world in which we were only ever served the latter – carefully sourced, themed by nation (with suggested wines to match) and prettily arranged on a wooden slab at the back of a shop filled with wonderful chutneys and handmade French tableware. A slice of cheese heaven.
What’s happening in the Marylebone
Average property value today
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- Baker Street
Circle Line | District Line | Hammersmith & City Line
Circle Line | Bakerloo | Hammersmith & City Line | National Rail
- Bond Street
Central | Jubilee
Bakerloo | National Rail
- Oxford Circus
Victoria | Central | Bakerloo
- Edgware Road
District | Central | Bakerloo | Hammersmith & City
- Marble Arch
- Regent’s Park
- Great Portland Street
Circle | hammersmith & City | Metropolitan
Anyone moving to the luxurious neighborhood of Marylebone knows that education is paramount to the success of their children, and a good education is a top priority. The area prides itself with exceptional schools, including also international ones.
St Mary’s Bryanston Square CofE School
Voluntary Aided School
St John’s Wood Pre-Preparatory School
Hampden Gurney CofE Primary School
Voluntary Aided School
Ark Paddington Green Primary Academy
Academy Sponsor Led
Christ Church Bentinck CofE Primary School
Voluntary Aided School
L’Ecole Bilingue Elementaire
Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 2 councils covering the Marylebone area.
Council tax rates for each Local Authority
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Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.How much will I have to pay?
Reductions in council tax
- Reduction scheme for disabled people
- Discounts (i.e. If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25% discount on the council tax bill)
- Council tax benefit and second adult rebate
Learn more about council tax at HM Revenue & Customs