Centrally located, and an easy walk from the Baker Street and Bond Street Tube stations, the charming village of Marylebone could easily be my favorite place in London to explore. At the very least, it is where I choose to spend most of my free time, and thus is the perfect spot to launch a new series: SimplePretty Travel Guides.
In these guides, I’ll be highlighting my favorite spots in a neighborhood or city to give you a flavor of what makes the location special to me.
For a visit to Marylebone, I suggest you:
- La Pâtisserie des Rêves a pastry lover’s dream: madeleines, tartes, éclairs + more displayed under scientific-looking glass cloches like works of art. (43 Marylebone High Street // @LPDR_London)
- La Fromagerie whether you pop-in to shop its well-known cheese room, contemplate your fresh fruit and vegetable options, or simply want to sit and enjoy some charcuterie and a glass of wine, La Fromagerie is the unpretentious foodie’s place to be. (2-6 Moxon Street // @LaFromagerieUK)
- Monocle Cafe a quick stroll from the Lilliputian Monocle Shop (on George Street), I prefer the more open space at the Monocle Cafe. You can peruse (and purchase) the current issue of the magazine over a coffee and cardamom bun, or for something more substantial, come for lunch — I suggest the grilled-cheese sandwich. (18 Chiltern Street)
- Roots & Bulbs cold-pressed juice is hot hot hot right now in London. Roots & Bulbs has a comprehensive (and beautifully packaged) range of juices, but my go-to is their organic chicken + rice meal in a box. So good and good for you. (5 Thayer Street // @Rootsandbulbs)
- The Conran Shop a fantastic array of merchandise, ranging from furniture to tabletop to books to all things gifty. Conran’s buying team knows just what I want + the shop’s displays make me want it all, right now. There’s even a cafe at the back of the shop — don’t miss it! (55-57 Marylebone High Street // @TheConranShop)
- Daunt Books London is home to a bevy of top-notch book shops, and Daunt’s Marylebone location is a great bookshop to get lost in. The building has impressive book-world credentials as the site originally housed Francis Edwards, a antiquarian bookshop (ca. 1912). Daunt’s travel section is extensive, the cookbook section (my favorite) is full of enticing titles, and the shop is well-known for its author events series: I was fortunate enough to catch Adam Gopnik’s talk at Daunt over Thanksgiving 2011. (83 Marylebone High Street // @Dauntbooks)
- Green’s along with bakeries, newsstands will always have a place of honor on any SimplePretty travel guide. Green’s stocks a wide variety of UK and international titles, including a good selection from the US to allay my twinges of homesickness. And bonus: they sell flowers, too. (17 Marylebone High Street)
- Le Labo my entire fragrance wardrobe revolves around Le Labo + its sublime selection of scents. Stop in and stock up on my favorite, Rose 31, or sample the London exclusive fragrance, Poivre 23. (28A Devonshire Street // @lelabofragrances**)
- Mouki Mou if I were to open a boutique, it would look a lot like Mouki Mou. A bit of utilitarian luxe® fashion (from the likes of Crippen, Arts & Science + more) some simple jewelry from 10,000 things, and a smattering of objets and accessories to obsess over. (29 Chiltern Street // @moukimoulondon**)
- Plain English Design Plain English bespoke kitchens are perfection in my book, and the company’s Marylebone showroom is an oasis of design serenity and beauty. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit how often I walk by (and sometimes am brave enough to pop in) and dream of the day when I own a house again, because I want my kitchen to look very Plain English-y. (28 Blandford Street)
- Paddington Street Gardens a bit of green space is always a welcome sight in a city. Paddington Street Gardens graciously welcomes you in for a stroll among the flowers. Or, simply relax and watch the world go by from one of the many benches that line the park. (ps: there are public toilets, too.)
note: “@” addresses denote twitter account names, with the exception of ** which indicates an instagram handle.
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