Marylebone Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Marylebone, Central London

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Living in Marylebone

Most of us have at least one Marylebone address committed to memory, whether or not we realise it - 221b Baker Street is the fictional home of the great detective, Sherlock Holmes, and the site of the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Indeed, Marylebone is one of London's cultural destinations, with institutions from Wigmore Hall to Madame Tussaud's based here. This neighbourhood also has some world-class shopping and dining, and beautiful properties with aristocratic history. Marylebone is also incredibly central, within walking distance from Oxford Street and the West End, but also sandwiched between Regent's Park and Hyde Park. 

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Community

Often referred to as Marylebone Village, the area does have a close-knit community of long-term residents, and a villagey feel. There is a weekly farmers' market, as well as a large number of independent businesses and many popular neighbourhood hangouts. There is also a large student population here, living in purpose-built student accommodation. 

Safety

The crime rate in Marylebone is fairly high. The crime breakdown shows that the cast majority of crimes are various types of theft, from bicycle theft to shoplifting and everything in between. The second largest concern is antisocial behavior. Violent crime is a small part of the overall rate. This is fairly typical for a central, tourist-destination part of a major city. In general, Central London is very safe. 

Parking

Fewer people than the London average own a car, while more cycle to work. This is a very central, very well-connected area, so there is no real reason to drive around. Marylebone is within the congestion charge zone, and parking can be difficult and expensive.

Nightlife

Marylebone is a foodie haven, and there are many wonderful restaurants, pubs, and bars, as well as several clubs. Best of all, though, is that you are situated within a short walk, bus, or tube ride from the West End, where hundreds of thousands of visitors and locals flock for world-renowned nightlife. 

Family Friendly

Marylebone offers easy access to the best entertainment and culture that the capital has to offer, but in a villagey setting with a community feel. There are numerous schools, both private and state, that perform well in the neighbourhood. Marylebone is also sandwiched between Regent's Park and Hyde Park, offering vast green and open space as well as facilities for sport. 

Pet Friendly

Marylebone is  sandwiched between Regent's Park and Hyde Park, offering vast green and open space as well as equestrian facilities. 

Transport

Marylebone Station (Zone 1) is served by the Bakerloo line, and offers mainline rail services. Baker Street Station is served by the Circle, Hammersmith and City, Bakerloo, Jubilee, and Metropolitan Lines. Oxford Circus is on the Bakerloo, Victoria, and Central Lines, and Bond Street is on the Jubilee and Central Lines. Nearby, Euston offers additional rail services. There are numerous all-hours buses serving Marylebone. Residents can easily walk or cycle to many of London's most popular destinations.