Living in Marylebone, London W1
23 June 2015
Although only five minutes’ walk from Oxford Street, leafy Marylebone is a world away from the hubbub of London’s famous shopping street.
A delightful urban village, Marylebone exudes a tranquil, welcoming charm and has maintained a strong sense of community. Offering a fashionable flair, the busy high street is full of quaint cafés, bistros and Michelin star restaurants. With its’ wonderful mixture of quaint back streets, Georgian townhouses, garden squares and independent boutiques; Marylebone is a wealthy residential district with a down-to-earth heart.
The Chilterns consists of 44 luxury apartments and two deluxe penthouses that will offer an unprecedented and elite standard of living in Marylebone. Each property will feature the highest technical specifications coupled with the finest examples of progressive interiors from world-renowned designer Rabih Hage providing a seamless blend of comfort and innovation. The Chilterns will offer secure underground parking, a gym, spa and a 24-hour concierge service. Perhaps most tempting, residents will have the opportunity to own a private basement wine cellar. Honouring opulence at all times, the grand entrance lobby will display a private gallery of David Bailey’s Marylebone Collection.
Chiltern Street was originally built by Henry William Portman in the 1760s and the land that The Chilterns now occupies was once home to Viscount Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand (1768-1848). In 1889, one of London’s first purpose-built fire stations was built, the Marylebone Fire Station. This Grade II listed building is now home to Chiltern Firehouse, a highly critically-acclaimed American cuisine hotel and restaurant adored by A-star celebrities and owned by American hotelier, André Balazs.
Culture and Entertainment
Wigmore Hall is a breathtaking venue where one can sit back and listen to the joys of glorious chamber and instrumental music. This great music hall holds 450 spectacular concerts every year and with around 552 seats makes for an intimate yet memorable musical evening with marvellous acoustics.
Indulge yourself in French culture with a visit to The Wallace Collection. This enchanting national museum will present you with some classic French paintings, furniture and even traditional armoury. Take a browse of the outstanding 25 galleries that are within this museum, then relax and enjoy the views from the charming courtyard restaurant.
Film buffs will appreciate the atmosphere of Baker Street’s Everyman Cinema one of an independent network of boutique cinemas. With a passion for quality, from service of food and drink to seating and films, every cinema also has a unique bar or foyer space. This 2015 marks the cinema’s first annual Everyman Music Film Festival which will include world premiers, live music performances and a selection of the best films of the summer.
A plethora of boutiques and specialist shops adorn the streets of Marylebone. Delve into the literary provisions that Daunt Books have to offer; this Edwardian bookshop has been a cultural marvel of books, poetry and travel writing for a quarter of a century.
If luxury British clothing is your calling then perusing Sunspel should be first on your list. This shop holds a classic selection of both men’s and women’s clothes, all of the highest quality.
Enter La Fromagerie and be greeted by an irresistible aroma of fresh and seasonal produce. Whether you are hosting a dinner party and want to impress guests or simply want some treats for yourself, then you cannot go wrong with a trip to this charming shop.
Candles may be a chic addition in many homes but it is the history behind Maison de Cire Trudon that sets this shop apart from the rest. Founded in 1643, this is the oldest wax producing factory in the world and even provided crafted pieces to the Royal Court of Louis XIV.
Food and Drink
Renowned for its assortment of elegant bistros, bars and restaurants, Marylebone offers culinary delights to suit every palate. Perhaps the most famous restaurant in the area is celebrity hotspot Chiltern Firehouse.
Experience the gastronomic pleasures of the variety of Michelin star restaurants that are in the area. The amazing L’Autre Pied is a French restaurant that does not fail to provide that certain je ne sais quoi and Locanda Locatelli is the place to go for truly sumptuous Italian cuisine. To add a little spice to your life, the authentic Indian restaurant Trishna will not let you down. Another fine place to add to Marylebone’s list of heavenly restaurants is modern European restaurant Texture that offers a tempting menu, champagne bar and friendly ambience.
Child Friendly and Tourist Attractions
For central West End, nearby Regent’s Park offers an abundance of green space, perfect for a solo amble, bike ride or family day out. Take a leisurely boat ride on the lake, picnic on the beautifully manicured gardens or spend a fun-filled day at London Zoo.
Another exciting location that is enjoyed by adults and children alike is the Sherlock Holmes Museum. 221b Baker Street is considered as one of the most famous addresses in London, visitors can rewind time and lose themselves in the wonders of this privately run museum.
Ever dreamed about having a photograph with David Beckham? Well, dreams could become reality with a trip to Madame Tussauds. One of London’s most popular attractions that is sure to be a fun day out for all the family.
People of Interest
Marylebone’s has certainly attracted and housed its fair share of notable residents over the years; they include Charles Dickens, Jimi Hendrix, Chopin and Paul McCartney (The Beatles). Interestingly, the basement and ground floor of 34 Montagu Square was once home to the legendary music couple, John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1968.
London Marylebone station is a 10 minute walk from The Chilterns development.
Chiltern Railways operates a collection of services on the Chiltern Main Line and London to Aylesbury Line routes, making it ideal for a weekend getaway to Buckinghamshire, parts of Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands. Destinations include High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Bicester, Banbury, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Solihull, Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, and (at peak hours) Stourbridge Junction and Kidderminster. There are also services to Stratford-upon-Avon via the Leamington to Stratford line.
The nearest Tube station to The Chilterns is Baker Street on the Bakerloo Line which is a five minute walk away, other nearby stations include, Bond Street, Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Regent’s Park.
Travelling in and out of London couldn’t be easier with advanced connections now available to London City Airport, Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton.