Despite being so central, just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, Marylebone sits within an oasis of relative tranquillity. Carefully nurtured by the Howard de Walden Estate, it is an attractive and welcoming neighbourhood, offering residents, workers and visitors a quality of life unrivalled in most major cities. Blessed with beautiful Georgian architecture, including buildings designed by the Adam brothers and John Nash, the Estate sits on a simple grid of wide, attractive streets. There are plenty of green spaces: Regent’s Park, with its gardens, sports facilities and outdoor theatre, is just moments away, while Paddington Street Gardens offers a pleasant place to unwind. Marylebone offers plenty of cultural distractions—from the chamber music of Wigmore Hall to the art of the Wallace Collection.
The renowned retail destination of Marylebone Village and the medically acclaimed area of Harley Street Medical Area are both situated here in Marylebone within the Howard de Walden Estate.
The area around Marylebone High Street contains one of London’s most acclaimed shopping districts, known as Marylebone Village. The Howard de Walden Estate has sought to build a highly distinctive and well balanced retail offering, featuring a high proportion of small, independent businesses. With a Waitrose supermarket, a weekly farmers’ market and a host of specialist food and wine retailers, together with other essential shops such as newsagents and chemists, residential tenants are well served, while the area’s reputation for fashion, beauty and art draws shoppers from far afield. The Estate’s restaurants range from friendly neighbourhood cafes to Michelin-starred establishments, representing a vast array of different cuisines and prices. Hotel options are similarly diverse, with small, independent guest houses, boutique hotels and famous five-star institutions.
For a comprehensive guide to Marylebone Village, including retail directory, event information and articles from the acclaimed Marylebone Journal please visit marylebonevillage.com
Harley Street Medical Area
There are a number of Marylebone streets—of which the world-famous Harley Street is the main artery—that make up the Harley Street Medical Area. This enclave is home to hundreds of independent practitioners, small clinics and full scale hospitals, covering just about every possible medical specialism and related profession. Under the careful stewardship of the Howard de Walden Estate, this area has embraced its reputation for offering the very highest levels of medical care and expertise and remains unequalled in the UK in the sheer variety of services it offers. Behind those beautiful 18th century façades are 21st century medical practices, complete with cutting edge equipment and state of the art facilities.
As the freehold owner of the majority of the area’s buildings, the Howard de Walden Estate has helped shape Harley Street’s fortunes since the first doctors began arriving in the area in the late 19th century. For many decades, this was the most renowned and in-demand medical area in the world. But as international competition increases, history and reputation alone will not be enough to sustain that position. Over the past few years, we at the Estate have been working hard on a clear strategy designed to enhance the Harley Street Medical Area’s global reputation as a world class medical destination for complex medical care.