Marylebone Village, comprising Marylebone High Street and its surrounding streets, is one of my very favourite areas of London. It’s a shoppers’ heaven, with its all too tempting range of homeware, food and fashion shops. There’s also an abundance of wonderful restaurants, cafes and pubs, making it one of my favourite places to go to meet up with friends.
Here, then, is my guide to the area, which highlights many of my favourite spots.
++ Sandro. My favourite place to shop for fitted dresses, unusual silk blouses and sleek blazers.
++ Agnes B. I adore everything in Agnes B – the hats and handbags are always a great buy, and it’s the perfect place to pick up a LBD, unusual t-shirt or patterned skirt.
++ Theory. To die for basics (they make the most perfect t-shirts), as well as stylish statement pieces.
++ Matches. Swoon-worthy clothes everywhere.
++ Toast. I love Toast for comfy cords in the winter and floaty, loose dresses in the summer.
++ Rachel Riley. Rachel Riley is famed for her children’s clothes (Prince George is often seen in her boys’ clothing), but I also am a huge fan of her women’s clothes, which boast her signature retro cuts and bright, pretty patterns. This is the perfect place to pick up a dress perfect for a picnic or summer garden party.
++ Bonpoint. A French children’s clothes company that make the sweetest outfits. Harper Beckham is a fan!
++ La Fromagerie. A cheese lover’s paradise. Its ‘cheese room’ has shelves upon shelves of the most delicious cheeses from all over the world, and an abundance of fresh produce is for sale as well, making it the place to go for the freshest of fruits and vegetables. Happily, there are also benches and tables where you can sit and order light meals, wine and cheese boards or coffee and cake.
++ Rococo. Across the road from La Fromagerie, Rococo sells the most amazing chocolates. Their different flavoured chocolate bars, which are wrapped in the prettiest of papers, make lovely gifts, and they have spectacular chocolate designs (I’m a big fan of the quail’s eggs and asparagus shaped chocolates!).
++ Fishworks. For fresh fish to take home and cook, or for ordering some fish & chips!
++ Kusmi Tea. I love a good cup of tea, and the French company Kusmi Tea offers a spectacular range. The shop is a beautiful place to visit, as its full of colourful canisters of tea.
++ La Patisserie des Reves. For some of the daintiest French cakes you’ve ever seen.
++ The Conran Shop. This is a brilliant place to shop for gifts, as there is a great selection of distinctive homeware, stationery, chocolates and children’s toys. There’s also a pleasant cafe at the back of the shop to rest weary feet once you’ve tired of shopping.
++ Skandium. My favourite Scandinavian design shop, which sells Marimekko fabric, as well as gorgeous things for the kitchen and home.
++ The Designers Guild. I always sigh over the beautiful furniture in this shop, although the (extremely pretty) candles are more within my price range!
++ Caravane. There is lots more stunning furniture in this shop, and I also love their small but tasteful collection of jewellery that looks exactly the sort of thing ultra chic French women wear.
++ Emma Bridgewater. I love her quintessentially English chinaware.
++ Jane Packer. This is one of the loveliest florists I’ve ever visited. Jane Packer bouquets are always tasteful as well as beautiful, and the shop also hosts classes in flower arranging which I’m sure would be fantastic to attend.
++ Street stalls. There always seem to be street florists selling along Marylebone High Street, and this time of year they’re groaning with big bunches of colourful peonies.
++ Vaishaly Patel. Recommended by beauty guru India Knight, this is where I often go to get my eyebrows threaded (their signature facial is apparently fantastic as well.). It’s by far my favourite beauty salon, as the service is so excellent, and the space is calming and peaceful: I feel relaxed as soon as I step in through the door.
++ Diptyque. I know it’s a cliche, but what blogger doesn’t love a Diptyque candle?!
++ Cologne & Cotton. As well as pretty, high quality bedding and homeware, C&C is my favourite place in the area to shop for perfume and bathroom products, such as pretty soaps and hand creams. They also stock a selection of vintage bottles and jars that are brilliant for storing cotton pads and bath salts. I love the range of perfume, which includes Miller Harris and Annick Goutal.
++ Daunt Books. No visit to Marylebone Village is complete without a peek inside this fabulous book shop. Daunt Books has a superbly curated selection of fiction and non-fiction, and there is an emphasis on travel literature, with many of its shelves arranged by country. It’s also a beautiful space, with high ceilings and huge skylight, and I always look forward to their author events and the annual Spring Literary Festival.
++ Pierre Marcolini. Oh my goodness, macaron lovers you will WORSHIP this place. The most delectable macarons, eclairs and chocolates are served here, and they are so worth every calorie. Grab a table outside, order your heart’s content of sweet treats and a coffee and feel exactly like you’re in Paris.
++ Orerry. Located above the Conran Shop, you can look out over Marylebone High Street and St Marylebone Parish Church whilst eating exquisite French food. The service is some of the best I’ve ever come across, making every meal there truly a delightful experience.
++ Aubaine. A great choice for a breakfast or a light bite.
++ Le Relais de Venise. Steak frites is the only thing on the menu, but oh, it is delicious. This is always one of my top 5 birthday meal choices.
++ Le Pain Quotidien. This is by far my favourite branch of the chain. I love sitting in their big windows especially – it’s an ideal spot for people watching.
++ The Nordic Bakery. You have not lived until you’ve tried their cinnamon rolls.
++ Coco Momo. This is a fun bar to meet up with friends for after work drinks and a bite to eat.
++ The Providores. Enjoy a glass of wine and some tapas style nibbles at this Marylebone Village institution.
++ Orrery Roof Terrace. The roof terrace at Orrery is always a brilliant spot to enjoy the sunshine and a glass of wine or cocktail. Pots of lavender scent the air, the sofas are wonderfully comfortable and complimentary dishes of olives and nuts are frequently replenished as you sip your drinks. It’s pure bliss.
++ The Old Church Garden. This is a sweet, peaceful little garden with plenty of benches that provides a welcome respite from the busy crowds of Marylebone High Street.
++ Marylebone Mews. There are so many mewses surrounding the High Street that are well worth exploring. Tucked away from the main roads, they offer little pockets of tranquility in a busy area.
++ The Wallace Collection. I adore The Wallace Collection (you can read more about it in this guest post I wrote), which houses an impressive collection of French paintings, china and furniture in stunningly beautiful rooms. This museum is well worth a visit (and is even free entry!), and their cafe is lovely too.
There is honestly so much to explore and so much that is delightful in Marylebone Village that it is impossible to mention it all, but these are certainly my highlights. Have you explored much in the area? Did I leave out any of your favourite places? Do please let me know your recommendations!