Moving to Marylebone
Are you moving to Marylebone? Unlike many of London’s villages, Marylebone really has a well defined area with distinct borders: it is bounded by Oxford Street to the south, Edgware Road to the west, Great Portland Street to the east and Marylebone Road to the north. Some definitions of the area would also include Lisson Grove, an enclave just to the north of Marylebone Road, west of Regent’s Park, close to the main railway terminal Marylebone Station.
Our free, in-depth Moving to Marylebone report includes info on:
• The best areas to live
• The good schools
• The average monthly rental prices
• The excellent public transport system in the city
Putting Marylebone on the map
Falling within the confines of the London Borough of Westminster, this is a mixed residential and commercial area and certainly one of the capital’s most affluent. There is good shopping, on Marylebone High Street and, of course, on Oxford Street, while in the south eastern section, more of the properties have been converted into offices – there is a concentration of medical consultancies around Harley Street and a number of more modern office buildings along Wigmore Street.
Marylebone had good transport connections to the rest of London and beyond. As well as the main line Marylebone Station, which serves the Chilterns, High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Bicester, Warwick and Birmingham, there are seven tube stations accessing the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Circle, District, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, Central and Victoria lines. The Central line makes for quick commuting into the City, while the Jubilee line offers speedy links to Canary Wharf, making the area more desirable to City workers. In addition, Marylebone is criss-crossed by a multitude of bus routes and is just minutes from Paddington, Kings Cross and Euston for additional rail services. Furthermore, the Marylebone Road is the start of one London’s major arteries out towards the west and the midlands.
There are certain streets in the area that even people who’ve never been to London have heard of: Baker Street, of course, for the Sherlock Holmes connection, and Harley Street with its medical reputation. And then, naturally, there are streets, roads and tiny mews with which only the locals can claim any familiarity, so here’s our run down on some of the more interesting addresses to look out for.
– now a busy thoroughfare that runs south from Regents Park to Wigmore Street, it is mainly a commercial area where you are more likely to find flats above shops and offices than full-size family houses.
– along with the 3,000 or so medical personal who work here, there are some elegant mansion blocks offering accommodation.
– location of the Wallace Collection, this is one of London’s most stunning Georgian garden squares but most of the houses have been turned into offices.
– built by the celebrated Adams brothers, with exquisite interiors, these gorgeous houses command a king’s ransom.
Queen Anne Street
– between Welbeck Street and Chandos Street, the painter Turner once lived here.
– Ringo Starr rented a flat in this leafy garden square; when he moved out, Jimi Hendrix moved in, and then later, John and Yoko.
– literary connections with Dickens and Edward Gibbon give the street some class but it was also where Cold War spies Anthony Blunt and Guy Burgess shared a flat.
– along the south, east and west side of the park, white stucco palaces designed by Nash are popular with diplomats and the super wealthy.
– small and tucked away, the terraced houses along this street are enduringly popular.
Wherever you look in Marylebone, you will find splendid Georgian townhouses. However, most of them have been split into flats or converted into offices, and the entire houses that do still exist certainly come at a price. Mews cottages are particularly popular; though they may be small, many have added advantage of offering a parking space. If this is important, you might also find that some of the more modern blocks of flats have underground parking garages, where you can rent a space for your car.
Rental properties around here are often in short supply, keeping prices strong, and like most upmarket areas, the recession doesn’t seem to make a dent in the market. Finding the ideal accommodation may take some time, but if you can plan in advance you’ll find it’s worth it to be able to make your home in this fascinating corner of the capital.
Who lives in Marylebone and why?
A convenient location and grand period houses have always made Marylebone appealing to those who enjoy and can afford city centre living. Although the area can trace its roots back to the Domesday Book, modern Marylebone really came into being when the Earl of Oxford employed architect John Price to layout Cavendish Square and the surrounding streets for fashionable housing in the 18th Century. Today, the Howard de Walden Estate owns and manages the majority of the 92 acres that make up Marylebone, while the aristocratic residents of the past have given way to wealthy City workers, expats and celebrities.
Of course, the most notable resident of the area happens to have been a fictional character. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant creation, the detective Sherlock Holmes, lived with his assistant Dr Watson at 221B Baker Street, itself a fictional address at the time the books were written. Other notable Marylebone residents, past and present, include Charles Babbage, the inventor of the computer, the writers Charles Dickens, H G Wells and Wilkie Collins, Yoko Ono and John Lennon, Madonna and Guy Richie, Ringo Starr, Cat Stevens, Paul McCartney, Sienna Miller and Jimi Hendrix.
The real draw of this area for so many is a combination of elegant Georgian architecture, convenient access to all that London has to offer and something of a low profile compared to other residential areas in the centre of the capital – though since Madonna chose it as her London domicile, the secret’s starting to get out. One of the nicest aspects of living here is the village-like atmosphere of Marylebone High Street, albeit one of the country’s most exclusive high streets. Cafés and restaurants jostle for position with designer clothes shops, London’s favourite independent book shop, a Conran design emporium, elegant jewellers and exclusive beauticians. Some of the smartest food shops in town are here, including a Waitrose supermarket, the Ginger Pig butcher, bakeries and delicatessens and, every Sunday morning, central London’s most upmarket farmer’s market.
Marylebone also features a scattering of historic London landmarks, not least Marble Arch in the southwest corner of the district. Moved from its original setting outside Buckingham Palace in 1851, it was designed by John Nash to celebrate British victories in the Napoleonic Wars.
The Best Bits
On the northern border, residents can enjoy the sweeping green vistas of Regent’s Park. As well as lawns for picnics and plenty of room for football, jogging and other activities, this large park is known for its open air theatre that runs a full programme through the summer months, a boating pond and, along the northern side, London Zoo, most notable for the stunning Snowdon Aviary which was designed in the early 60s by Princess Margaret’s husband, Earl Snowdon. Naturally, the zoo is one of London’s major tourist attractions, as is another of Marylebone’s landmarks, Madame Tussauds. However, residents in-the-know ignore the overcrowded waxworks and enjoy the more cerebral pleasures of the Wallace Collection in Manchester Square. Housed in 25 galleries in Hertford House on the north side of the square, this is one of Europe’s finest private art collections and includes work by Hals, Rembrandt, Titian and Reynolds. It’s also popular with locals for its superb Oliver Peyton brasserie located in an elegant courtyard garden.
Bringing the Kids
Marylebone might not seem like the most obvious choice as a place to bring up children; after all, very few of the properties have gardens of any size and central London traffic will prevent your child from nipping out on his or her bicycle. However, there are plenty of children growing up in the area and living in the very heart of a vibrant world city can be as exciting for kids as it is for adults. The delights of Regents Park are always within reach, and there is plenty of entertainment on your doorstep with museums, theatres, cinemas and amusements jostling for the kids’ attention.
And perhaps more importantly, at least from a parent’s point view, there are some very good educational options within the area and close by. In this small corner of London, you’ll find six nursery schools, six primary schools and six secondary schools. The primary schools include two mixed international schools, the Abercorn School and the Skola International Community School, a girls’ private school and a boys private school and both Church of England and Roman Catholic state primaries. At secondary level there is a choice of the mixed, private Portland Place School, Queen’s College London private girls’ school, Davies Laing and Dick College, a private sixth form college, two international schools – the Skola International Community School and the Westminster campus of the Southbank International School, and the state funded academy, St Marylebone Church of England Secondary School for girls.
Furthermore, with its central location and good tube links, Marylebone is well placed for older children to commute to other excellent London day schools.
Relocating to Marylebone
There’s no denying that renting property in the Marylebone area is expensive but it can’t be beaten for its unique combination of village community and city centre buzz. If you’re arranging a relocation to London for someone who wants to live in one of the capital’s newest hotspots, then Marylebone makes the perfect choice – especially for busy singles and young professional couples. It’s a less obvious choice for families, but even so, there are good schools on the doorstep, while access to a garden square could easily make up for not having a garden of your own. However, if you don’t know the area, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when looking for a property, and access to someone with a knowledge of the local rental market is virtually essential. Add to that further considerations such as convenience for work, access to suitable schools, transport links for trips back home… This is when employing the services of a relocation agent can really help.
At Saunders 1865, our teams of experts combine local knowledge with first-hand experience to pinpoint the right area and the right property that will tick all your boxes. We know London property inside out and we know how much you should expect to pay and the advantages and disadvantages of choosing different areas. We can bring expertise to all these factors and help to arrange smooth, efficient and stress-free relocations – here or to other parts of London and the UK. Our services include home finding assistance, school finding, lease negotiations, temporary accommodation, move management and immigration assistance. Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you.
If you’re arranging a relocation to London you’ll want to be clued up on one of the capital’s newest hotspots, Marylebone. Marylebone is especially popular with busy singles and young professional couples.
Average Monthly Rents in Marylebone