Your Guide to London Marylebone
Where is Marylebone?
Lined with world famous streets like Baker Street and Harley Street, Marylebone is a lively, stylish place in London’s West End that’s crammed with history, beautiful buildings and boutiques for you to discover. It’s in the heart of London and falls within the congestion charging zone (zone 1 of the London Underground). Celebrities love this part of London, so you can do some star spotting if you stay here! You can also get around the whole of London really easily as Marylebone is served by two tube stations (Marylebone and Baker Street). Marylebone Railway Station provides train services to other parts of the UK too.
History of Marylebone
The name Marylebone comes from a medieval church built on the banks of the River Tyburn which was called St. Mary-by-the-Bourne, and later Maryburne. At the beginning of the 18th century the village of Marylebone consisted of just a few houses and was occupied by fields and farms, collectively known as Marylebone Fields. As London began to grow during the Georgian period, many attractive houses were developed. By 1792-1799 the whole area was filled with beautiful, large Georgian-style houses.
Today, Marylebone is a buzzing part of London's West End with an exciting mix of business, residential, educational, cultural and historical attractions. As with most large London neighbourhoods, Marylebone has lots of busy and fashionable High Street shopping and entertainment centres. Marylebone Village is one of the most sought-after residential areas in the capital and is popular with the rich and famous. Madonna and Noel Gallagher are just two of the high-profile residents here, so why don’t you come to Marylebone and find out what all the fuss is about!
The Positives of Marylebone
If you stay in Marylebone you’ll be right in the heart of central London, surrounded by world-famous London attractions like Madame Tussauds, Hyde Park and London Zoo. You’ll be able to explore Marylebone High Street, which is such a well-kept secret that even Londoners don't seem to know about it! It’s only a short walk from Oxford Street but is far less busy, has beautiful shops and boutiques, and is so laid-back it feels more like a market town high street than part of central London. As Marylebone is so central and so well connected to the rest of London via tube, this is an ideal base from which to explore. As it has a mainline train station, it’s just as easy to get to other parts of the UK from here too!
Need to Know Marylebone
As with many parts of the capital, Marylebone can be quite an expensive place to visit. However, there are plenty of accommodation bargains to be had, and once you’ve found a place to stay you can really soak up the glamour and excitement of the area. Because Marylebone has great transport links (by rail and by tube) you’ll find it easy to get to slightly less exclusive areas of London where prices can be lower.