An attractive and affluent area in central London
It has often been said that London is a series of interconnecting villages, each with their distinct characters, resulting from all the different settlements that once occupied this spreading city. In many of these areas, you can walk for a few minutes and find yourself somewhere entirely different in both atmosphere and amenities, and nowhere is this truer than Marylebone.
Located just in five-minute’s walk from the crowded mass of Oxford Street, prosperous and diverse Marylebone is a refined micro-community of independent shops, exquisite restaurants, charming delicatessens, and street-side cafes, punctured by leafy garden squares. Marylebone has more in common with areas such as Knightsbridge, although it's arguably retained a little more historical charm due to the reduced number of modern housing developments. This is primarily due to the fact that most of Marylebone is still owned by aristocratic estates - a unique position that has helped protect the area from too much change and allowed it to maintain an old-fashioned atmosphere.
Once part of the manor of Tyburn, which was named in the Domesday Book of 1086, Marylebone gets its name from the ancient parish of St Mary at the Bourne, a church on the banks of the small river Tyburn. It was under the Earl of Oxford, Edward Harley, that the area began to develop into a fashionable housing district - after noticing the need for more properties north of Oxford, he commissioned builder John Prince to design the grid system we see today, as well as beautiful garden squares such as Cavendish Square.
As you’d expect from such a central location, Marylebone offers excellent transport connections for commuting around London - and if you’re staying within the boundaries of the borough of Westminster, which includes Soho, Covent Garden, and Mayfair, you can walk most places too.
Marylebone is bordered by the tube stations of Baker Street, Great Portland Street, Bond Street, and Oxford Street, which between them cover seven different Underground lines including the Victoria, Central, and Bakerloo. As a result, a journey to Bank from Oxford Circus takes just 8 minutes, while a trip to Kings Cross takes only 4 minutes. The area is also served by various buses during the day and night.
As for leaving London, Marylebone also has its national train station, with regular trains to Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Birmingham among others.
Properties in Marylebone; The best of London at your doorstep
Due to the location and the type of properties available, Marylebone is one of the most exclusive areas in London, and such exclusivity comes at a higher price.
Still, you certainly get some lovely properties for your money here, and there’s a wide range of options, including the new West End Gate development as it located in the area that is currently upgraded.
West End Gate is a modern interpretation of classic London and brings brand new homes to one of London’s most prestigious postcodes. The development includes a total of 542 apartments across five buildings, creating new homes in one of the British capital’s most timelessly appealing boroughs. Currently, there are 2 phases available – Westmark and Garret Mansions.