Marylebone: my village in central London

Posted on October 5, 2014

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I’ve recently  moved back to London, and managed to find the best seat in town – Marylebone. Central with a W1 postcode and a short walk to Mayfair, Fitzrovia and Soho, great transport and a real village feel, what’s not to love?

The high street reminds me of being in Paris a little, especially on a Sunday when wandering around the Farmers market, popping into the Ginger Pig for excellent meat and the best sausage rolls in London, or picking up cheese at the Fromagerie (where I also keep meaning to try their weekly set menu dinners). Not wanting to walk around all these delicious temptations empty stomach, pop into the Providores for brunch first. In fact, pop in there anytime, the small plates give some of the best food in the village.

If the Providores is full, or you need some great wine pop into Le Vieux Comptoir. Run by a fantastic French guy called Laurent. As about their tasting evenings.

In the vicinity are a host of great eating options such as..

  • 28 50: for delicious wine and great food on Marylebone lane
  • Relais de Venise is part of the French chain L’Enrecote which does one thing, and does it damn well. Go there if steak frites is your thing.
  • Topkapi: Amazing take away kebab
  • Golden Hind: Best fish n chips in London (so I hear)
  • Chiltern Fire House: a little too cool for school – and therefore impossible to get a table at – full of celebs, and paparazzi hanging around outside
  • Fischers: high end Austrian, keep on the look out for MPs and movie stars
  • Wallace Collection, Afternoon tea in the conservatory at the also do dinners Fri and Sat
  • Natural Kitchen for daytime eating if you are in need of something healthy (or in my case with gluten free, wheat free, dairy free friends)

Not technically Marylebone (I think) near Marble Arch but well worth a mention are….

And being England, there are a number of pubs in the area (which I’ve tried to sum up in a single word):

And if you’re combining with a trip to Oxford St, Selfridges on a sunny day, take a coffee pit stop in the secret elevated Brown Hart Garden.

Lastly, but importantly, I have a super cool neighbour by the name of Sherlock Holmes….

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