London’s West End is known for being a vibrant and lively part of the city and is within walking distance to almost everything. Learn more about Marylebone in our neighbourhood guide.
How to get around
Even though the city is large and lively, navigating it is not as hard as it may seem. We know that south- and northbound can sometimes be confusing in a new city, but after a go or two, it gets a lot easier. The tube stations within easy reach in this area is Marble Arch or Bond Street, so start your exploration in this area to make travel as easy as possible.
If you make your way to The Marble Arch, you will find that itis also a local attraction. The white marble, 19th-century structure was designed by John Nash in 1827 and was placed on the traffic island at the junction of Oxford Street, Park Lane and Edgware Road.
London’s West End is synonymous to culture and spectacular shows. There is a huge amount of shows to choose from, including theatre and musicals, new and old productions. If you haven’t had the chance to see Les Misérables or sing along to Hakuna Matata, this is your chance.
The must-see attractions
Yes, no matter if you hate them or love them every city has its own collection of mandatory attractions and must-sees. However, there is certainly a reason as to why we put them on this list, and that is because many really do earn their place as being memorable and unmissable.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Have you ever dreamt of meeting the Royal Family, the Star Wars crew or Kim and Kanye? This is your chance to do the next best thing where you will have your chance to pose next to the waxy clones of your favourite celebrities. Madame Tussauds is a must as they are frequently adding new celebrities to their extensive gallery.
This is a favourite local hangout as well as being one of the capital’s eight royal parks. The green haven covers 350 acres and holds a variety of attractions like Speaker’s Corner, Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain and the Serpentine Lake to mention a few. Hyde Park is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or a snack in between sightseeing or shopping.
Shop till you drop
Whether you are a systematic shopper working your way from left to right or a little more spontaneous, running from store to store, you will have more than enough shops to keep you busy in Marylebone. The area satisfies any shopper’s needs whether it be exclusive brand shopping, souvenirs or bargain hunting.
Oxford, Bond and beyond
Popular and renowned Oxford Street lies a mere four minute walk from the Radisson Blu Edwardian Berkshire Hotel. The selection is plentiful and you are sure to find treasure both by walking the main street and heading off the beaten path. What makes the street so popular is the mix of high-street and international brands up for grabs, as well as the great selection of restaurants allowing you to re-energise or take a breather at any time.
Bond Street is known for its luxe brands and elegant stores and lies in London’s West End. Here you’ll be able to find well known brands such as Burberry, Chanel, Tiffany & Co. and Jimmy Choo to name a few. Whether you visit the area to window shop or not, it is surely going to give you a lot of inspiration.
Have a ball at the mall
For those who prefer having everything under one roof, Harrods and Selfridges are must-do’s. Walk through storey after storey of men’s, women’s and children’s clothes, bags, shoes, flying carpets and magical kitchen appliances. The most seasoned shopper will manage to go through a storey or two in one leg, but luckily, there are many places for rest stops in both malls, whether it be a cafeteria or a foodhall.
© Lanes of London
There is an abundance of restaurants and cosy hideouts in the West End area, including Italian, Lebanese, Japanese and Indian. There are way too many to list, so we’ve picked out a selection of the top choices for you.
This modern British eatery is located on Park Lane and is open for breakfast, midnight drinks and everything in between. They focus on fresh, local produce and quality and their playfulness in the kitchen is easy to spot as you take on one delicious course after the other.
140 Park Lane, London
The best of the Lebanese cuisine served up with a side of brilliance. The name is a tribute to a famous Lebanese singer and the warm décor creates a perfect atmosphere for you to enjoy an authentic Lebanese meal.
3 Blandford Street, London
Enjoy a memorable evening at the longest running Japanese restaurant in London. For 35 years, these specialists have been serving up delicious sushi, soup, teriyakis and more. The two floors are decorated in warm colours with clean lines paired with a sleek interior, where you can enjoy both à la carte and Teppenyaki.
34 George Street, London
This small area off Oxford Street, described as a London original, is home to an eclectic selection of shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars. Here you’ll find everything from the coolest bars to Mulberry’s oldest boutique. When it comes to food, this is truly a place that has it all. From Tacos to pizzas, crêpes, burgers, tapas and sushi it can be hard to choose where to eat, but no worries – you’re allowed back a second AND third time.
Celebrity chef Mehernosh Mody has created a unique and flavourful menu based on a French-inspired Indian cuisine. This unique culinary experience is heightened by the wonderful surroundings and atmosphere of the old Edwardian ballroom where the restaurant is found. Ready yourself for a taste explosion and new combinations that will rock your world.
32 Bryanston Street, London
Another splendid, newly opened restaurant in the Hartcourt. They have a Scandinavian inspired menu and interior where you’ll be able to taste the best of the Nordics such as Gravalax and reindeer. Stop by for an afternoon tea, known as fika in Sweden, and relax as the sun sets. If looking for a refreshment, be sure to try one of their delicious cocktails or take your pick from their extensive wine list.
32 Harcourt Street, London
Scoff & Banter celebrates that quintessential British time-honoured tradition of afternoon tea. Tucked away just off Oxford Street, you’ll find a cosy little retreat serving the very best in Great British afternoon tea, whatever the time.
Now that you have gotten to know the Marylebone area on paper it’s time to start your own journey to find favourite places and hot spots. Welcome!