Sandwiched between Mayfair, Fitzrovia and Paddington the affluent area of Marylebone is often referred to as Marylebone Village. It truly is an urban village, with a strong community atmosphere, green leafy streets and quirky independent shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. It has long been a fashionable part of London and if you are lucky enough to be staying in one of our Marylebone serviced apartments it would be easy to forget you are in one of the world’s major cities!
The name Marylebone is derived from St Mary and a church that once stood on a small river or ‘bourne’. The church was known as St Mary at the bourne, which overtime became Marylebone. The area was later developed by Lord Harley or Wigmore and the Portman family and today has a mixture of fine Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian homes. Some famous streets and places in the area include:
- Baker Street, home to the fictitious Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson who lived at number 221b. The residence is now home to the Sherlock Holmes Museum and is well worth a visit if you are fan!
- Marylebone High Street and Chiltern Street with their great range of pretty boutique shops and eateries, are frequented by the rich and famous!
- Wimpole Street and Harley Street, renowned for their links with private medical practice and home to the Royal Society of Medicine and the British Dental Association.
- Madame Tussauds, the famous waxwork museum with its famous green dome which was once home to the London Planetarium and has now been incorporated into Madame Tussauds and rebranded as the Stardome.
- The Wallace Collection, our favourite national museum. It is free to visit and its stunning collection of French 18th century paintings, furniture and porcelain is housed in a historic London town house.
Throughout the years Marylebone has seen some notable residents:
- Charles Dickens wrote six novels at 1 Devonshire Terrace and had strong connections with the area throughout his life. Sadly the original house at Devonshire Terrace is no longer there.
- Charles Babbage a famous mathematician and engineer. He developed the idea of digital computing and is often referred to as ‘the father of computing’.
- Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first woman in Britain to qualify as a doctor and surgeon and co-founder of the London School of Medicine for Women which is now part of the medical school of UCL. She was also a suffragette. There is a blue plaque on the house at 20 Upper Berkeley Street.
- The notorious spies Anthony Blunt and Guy Burgess who part of the ‘Cambridge Five’ and spied for the Soviet Union during WWII and up to the early 1950s.
- Kenneth Williams, the comedic actor from the series of Carry On films lived at Farley Court, Allsop Place where you will find a blue plaque.
- The basement flat at 34 Montagu Square was famously rented by Ringo Starr. Other occupants of the flat included John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney and Jimi Hendrix. Today it bears a plaque with recognition to John Lennon.
At Urban Chic you have a choice of Marylebone serviced apartments. Our stunning Baker Street, Marylebone serviced apartment is right in the heart of Marylebone and boasts picture windows, balconies and stunning views. Our Chiltern and Baker, Marylebone serviced apartment is newly constructed with plenty of natural light and is also in a fabulous location. We also have apartments at nearby Bond Street and Hyde Park.
From these unique Marylebone serviced apartments you are just moments from London’s biggest attractions including; Regents Park, London Zoo, Madame Tussauds, Selfridges, Oxford Street and Regent Street. Plus you have all the benefits of home from home, making them a great alternative to hotels in Marylebone.