Marylebone has become one of London’s coolest postcodes, a chic residential area with a village feel, centred on the independent boutiques and smart restaurants of Marylebone High Street. Tourists queue for the Madame Tussauds waxwork museum to the north of Marylebone and the Sherlock Holmes Museum. The Georgian mansion that houses the Wallace Collection of art and period furnishings typifies the area’s elegant architecture. And Selfridges and the buzz and best shopping of Oxford Street to the other side. Here are some of our local top tips for an afternoon in Marylebone.
MARYLEBONE FARMER’S MARKET
Every Sunday, up to 40 stalls set up along Marylebone High Street selling delicious and delightful wares including organic delicacies, top quality fruit and veg and of course, the celebrated Potato Shop, which won best stand in 2017.
There’s always something new to find as the seasons change, from the freshest asparagus in April to strawberries in May and cherries in July. Try oysters for breakfast from Norfolk based Longshore, or a mushroom sandwich from The Mushroom Table. Look out for raw milk from Hurdlebrook, excellent meat and poultry from Flitteriss Farm, Galileo Farm and Layer Marney Produce, game in season and free range sausages from The Parsons Nose.
Market events coming up:
Wild garlic in April, asparagus and strawberries in May, peas in June, cherries in July, apples and plums from August, corn in September, game in October, root veg in November, turkeys in December!
ALFIE’S ANTIQUE MARKET
Vintage and retro fans rejoice at this former department store turned antique emporium. Rub shoulders with celebrity stylists and designers hunting out the chic amongst the kitsch delights from bygone eras. Alfie’s has been going strong for 40 years shifting everything from old-school records and jewellery to glassware and furniture.
Open from Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm
13-25 Church Street, NW8 8DT
An intimate concert hall located at 36 Wigmore Street. Originally called Bechstein Hall, it specialises in performances of chamber music and song. With near-perfect acoustics, the hall quickly became celebrated across Europe and featured many of the great artistes of the 20th century. Today, the hall promotes 400 concerts a year.
Enjoy a string quartet series celebrating a multitude of works from 18th-20th century composers in various ensembles.
for a list of upcoming performances.
Note. The String quartet series has been running from November 2017 and ends March 16 2018
The unassuming frontage of this delightful independent bookseller on Marylebone High Street will not prepare you for what’s inside: floor to ceiling shelves of every book genre are spread out over three oak-galleried levels, crowned with a huge glass skylight. Lose yourself for a whole afternoon in Daunt’s extensive travel section that generously represents Britain, France, Italy and the US.
84 Marylebone High St, W1U 4QW
…AND JUST A LITTLE FURTHER AFIELD IN SOHO
See the spectacular parade of St Patrick’s Day festivities from 16-18 March. Catch free performances in Trafalgar Square, and enjoy Irish food and Guinness, as you celebrate St Paddy’s Day in London. Two nights of revelry to ring in this boozy celebration.