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Marylebone is now defined as part of Prime Central London, and is located in the London borough of the City of Westminster. Marylebone is generally bounded by Oxford Street and Mayfair to the south, Marylebone Road to the north, Edgware Road to the west and Great Portland Street to the east.


Marylebone gets its name from a church dedicated to St Mary, which was originally built on the bank of a small stream or “bourne”, called the Tybourne or Tyburn. The area is now largely divided between the Portman Estate in the west and the Howard de Walden Estate in the east, an aristocratic family who still retains important links to the area today. Also worth noting is Robert Adam’s Portland Place to the east, which runs from Park Crescent (opposite Regent’s Park) in the north down to Oxford Street in the south. Fashionable with media types is Fitzrovia which can be found to the east.

The majority of Marylebone was still fields and farms until the early part of the eighteenth century when Edward Harley, the 2nd Earl of Oxford recognised the need for fashionable housing, therefore commissioning architect John Prince to draw a master plan, with Cavendish Square as the focal point. After further architects were commissioned, today’s prime Georgian houses began to emerge. Some of the most renowned developments are Harley Street, Portland Place and Wimpole Street, also known as the medical district, where London’s leading dentists and surgeons can be found. In particularly, Marylebone is famous for 221b Baker Street, the fictional home of iconic London detective Sherlock Holmes and now home to the Sherlock Holmes Museum.


Marylebone primarily offers Georgian architecture and beautiful mews houses. Some of the most popular addresses to buy a period conversion are the two garden squares: Bryanston Square and Montagu Square, where John Lennon once lived at number 34. Portland Place offers extremely grand lateral apartments in portered blocks. Marylebone is very popular for its pretty little mews properties such as Devonshire Place Mews and Devonshire Mews South. Also worth noting are the impressive art-deco mansion blocks at the Oxford Street end of the area: Bryanston Court on George Street and Orchard Court on the east side of Portman Square, both very popular with overseas buyers seeking a high level of security. Flat 6 Orchard Court was used as an office for briefing agents during the Second World War. Other popular purpose built blocks include Fitzhardinge House and Fifteen, both on the north side of Portman Square, as well as privately gated Portman Towers on the corner of George Street and Gloucester Place. Marylebone has also recently seen redevelopment creating super luxury apartment blocks like The Chilterns, located on the corner of prestigious Chiltern Street.

Also worth noting are the spacious apartments in Harley House, an impressive Edwardian mansion block sitting between Marylebone Road and Regent’s Park. To the north of Marylebone Road is also a small pocket of Marylebone, in NW1, largely made up of the Dorset Square Conservation Area; originally the home of Lord’s Cricket and now offers fantastic period conversion apartments.


Marylebone can be divided by Marylebone Village, the south part of Regent’s Park, Baker Street, the Portman Village, and the area immediately north of Marylebone Road, containing Marylebone Station. Marylebone High Street was previously voted ‘London’s favourite street’. The high street and surrounds offer an array of boutique and independent shops. Popular destinations include butcher The Ginger Pig, cheese shop La Fromagerie, and Daunt Books. Other attractions include the world renowned Madame Tussaud’s waxwork gallery and The Royal Academy of Music, both on Marylebone Road. The Wallace Collection in Manchester Square is the home of one of Europe’s finest collections of works of art, paintings, furniture, arms & armour and porcelain. Selfridges department store on Oxford Street was voted ‘best department store in the world and Chiltern Street is home to the now famous celebrity haunt Chiltern Firehouse Hotel. The Portman Village on the west side of the area, is owned by The Portman Estate and is full of boutique shops and eateries. Marylebone is perfectly placed between two of London’s finest parks: Regent’s Park and Hyde Park.


Two of the best schools are Wetherby Preparatory School and the Sylvia Young Theatre School.