If you're looking to eat and drink...
Check out the new Sourced Market in Wigmore Street, just around the corner from The Mandeville Hotel's front door. It's Marylebone's answer to bustling Borough Market and we have to say that its incredible artisanal food and drink treats makes it quite the contender for the city's best hidden culinary gem. Try the deliciously gooey gluten-free marshmallow bars at Mallow and Mash for a sensational appetiser before moving onto our next recommendation, Forest on the Roof, for your evening meal. Yes, Selfridge's has re-opened its rooftop forest dining experience for Spring and it's the perfect place for soaking up those precious few Spring rays as the May days get longer and longer. Their new seasonal menu is light and summery, based around fresh British produce, and includes a range of new, fruity cocktails that simply have to be tried.
And if you're looking for things to do:
Start with one of Marylebone's many quirky galleries or music events. Lovers of abstract art will enjoy perusing the Annely Juda Fine Art's tribute to French painter François Morellet, '90', whilst sculture-vultures should head to the Ronchini Gallery for a duo exhibition of new works by Gianpietro Carlesso and Paolo Serra, exploring the pure organ form. Monthly organ recitals on the famous Rieger organ can be found at the historic St Marylebone Parish Church, or why not spend an evening smirking at the quick wit of the Soho Comedy Club, the latest thing to come out of the talent-filled Seven Dials.
But our favourite thing to do in Marylebone this May has to be the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival, the only UK festival dedicated to pan-Asian writing. This year's festival features will take you through everything from Middle Eastern kitchens to protesters in Hong Kong and drug dealers in Myanmar, with a programme that ranges from classic writer's talks to spoken word events and culinary experiences. And perhaps the best part of it all is that Nadiya Hussain, winner of the Great British Bake-Off, will be opening this year's festival with a talk on integration and identity in the U.K. And if you haven't had your fix of celebrity with just this, don't forget that May is the public opening of the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London, so you can tour his historic 18thcentury house, built by George Dance the Elder, in the Palladian style. See the Mayor's impressive collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings and the gold and silver vaults below the building, as well as the grand dining room, where every year the Lord Mayor invites the Chancellor of the Exchequer to give his view on the state of the British economy, the 'House Mansion Speech'.
Now that's what we would enjoy the real Marylebone this May.