If you asked me a month ago about Marylebone my response would have included mentions of Baker Street, Regent’s Park, Sherlock Holmes, my beloved Chipotle, and … not much else. It wasn’t until I really explored the neighbourhood with the fabulous welovetobrunch Instagram crew that I really gained an appreciation for marvellous Marylebone.
Just two blocks from tourist-laden Baker Street, we sauntered over to Chiltern Street. Yes, that Chiltern Street of Chiltern Firehouse fame. It was Sunday afternoon and pedestrians (besides our merry gang of snap-happy photogs) were hard to come by.
The sheer adorableness of this trendy thoroughfare really took me by surprise. Period buildings clad in deep red bricks populated each side of the street. As a pedestrian your eyes are immediately drawn to the ground floor, which featured a neat row of tiny, brightly painted boutiques.
At the end of the road stood the Chiltern Firehouse. If you’ve ever taken a gander at the Daily Mail (oh admit it, you do) or any other celebrity gossip rag, you probably already know that the Firehouse is something of a celebrity hotspot. While we must have looked like a herd of paparazzi with our cameras, there were no celebs in sight during our stroll.
Past Chiltern Street we meandered a bit further, eventually making our way to Marylebone Farmers’ Market. The market runs every Sunday from 10am to 2pm and features all sorts of scrumptious looking goodies, including organic produce, handmade baked goods, flowers, cheeses, freshly squeezed juices, and a whole lot more.
After a quick stroll straight through the market we turned the corner onto Marylebone High Street. I’m pretty embarrassed to admit that I had actually never been here before. The street is occupied by a range of boutiques, name brands, and British-based brands – it’s probably the best overall mix of shops and cafes I’ve come across so far and I’ll definitely be back.
Our little Marylebone excursion really opened my eyes to a part of London I thought I already knew. I suppose that’s one of the many things that makes this city so special. It’s not a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of place. Everything in London is layers deep. The more you dig, the more you’re rewarded, and after almost five years I don’t even think I’ve scratched the surface.