It’s been a while since I visited London, but spending a few days there last month in Marylebone reminded me of how much I love this city. London is where I first discovered my passion for shops. Its impressive shopfronts, beautifully merchandised product, variety and creativity are a pleasure to explore. London has so many unique, individual neighborhoods, but with only a few days to spend I decided to stroll the areas within walking distance of where I was staying.
I was fortunate to stay with friends in the very charming Marylebone. Centrally located, Marylebone is within easy walking distance of many London areas and tourist attractions. Walking, I believe, is the best way to discover and explore any city. With me on this trip was my teenage daughter, who has visited London several times as a child, but had yet to discover some of the more grown-up delights this city has to offer. Oxford and Regent Street, Soho, Covent Garden, Mayfair, and Belgravia were all visited, including a Buckingham Palace stroll by. Marylebone, with all its lovely options for shopping, browsing, drinking and eating is where we spent most of our time. In this Going Places Guide I’m sharing some of the establishments I found particularly appealing. A special thanks to Siobhan Ferguson, whose lovely book, Pretty City London, was particularly helpful guiding us around London. Check out the Marylebone Village website for more info, on where to shop, eat and stay.
Marylebone has plenty of great coffee shops and cafés to start the day. Some favorites are Daylesford, a cafe and organic farm shop on Blandford Street; the Monocle Café on Chiltern Street; La Fromagerie on Moxon Street, a cafe and produce shop with an extensive cheese offering; and Orrery Epicerie on Marylebone High Street. Marylebone feels like a village within London. It has a variety of shopkeepers, from butcher shops like the Ginger Pig, to the wonderful independent book sellers, Daunt Books. On Chiltern Street discover Howarth of London, a woodwind instrument specialist, with windows filled with brass saxophones, next door to the tonal minimalist display of women’s wear shop, Mouki Mou. For flowers visit Gainsborough Flowers and for candles, there is French candle maker, Cire Trudon on Chiltern Street. Menswear shops include English Cut, a bespoke men’s tailor, and Trunk, both on Chiltern Street, or Monocle on George Street for accessories. Shiro is a lovely skin care shop on St. Christopher’s Place. At the end of the day we basked in the beautiful weather enjoying cocktails in the Chiltern Firehouse garden.