February 20, 2015

A day exploring the delights of Marylebone, London

Today I am excited to have Lucy take over the blog. Originally from London she is here to talk about one of her favourite places. All the more reason I should plan another trip.

Hey there, I am Lucy from Lulabelle Lifestyle and it is so great to be guest posting on The Way I Wanderlust sharing some of my Travel tips and experiences with you. I know Kayleigh spoils you with her adventures so I hope I can live up to the challenge and show you a side of London you may not have visited before.

 Just a bit of short and sweet background info for you about me; I am a brit living in Singapore who moved from London two years ago in search of sunshine and fun living on the other side of the world for a short while. Prior to moving to Singapore’s sunny shores I lived in London for a number of years and got to know my capital city very well. London never looks better than on a crisp sunny day when you can wrap up warm and wander the endless streets soaking up the history that surrounds you at every turn.

As Mayfair’s lesser-known neighbor, Marylebone is home to some hidden gems you won’t find on all of the typical tourist trails despite it being a stones throw from Oxford Street. And after working in the heart of Marylebone for 3 years I want to share my guide to getting the best out of this neighbourhood.

This affluent area is situated just north of Oxford Street and south of Marylebone Road and consists of many specialist stores, upmarket eateries and some good old English pubs.
Here is my itinerary for hitting all the highlights in Marylebone:

Start your day by heading for breakfast at the quintessentially English and family run Paul Rothe & Son delicatessen on Marylebone Lane. They do the BEST bacon sandwiches here along with some delicious home made English food at its best...think hearty soups and sandwiches on thick bloomer bread. Delish.

Then wander north along Marylebone Lane until you hit Marylebone High Street. Here you will find fashion, beauty and homeware boutiques without the hoards of tourists that you will find in Soho and on Oxford Street. Have a browse and pop into one of the English pubs along here for a pit stop too if you fancy.

After getting your morning retail fix head southwards to Manchester Square, here you will find The Wallace Collection, a national museum situated within a historic London town house. This museum is home to a large collection of French 18th Century art with some Old Master paintings to peruse. Free admission and open from 10am-5pm daily, you can also enjoy a luxurious lunch in their courtyard restaurantwhere you can indulge in French cuisine to complement the French art you have been admiring.

After lunch and browsing the 25 galleries inside the museum, I would suggest heading for an afternoon pick me up coffee at the newly opened outlet of Workshop Coffee aptly called the ‘Marylebone Coffee bar. This artisan coffee house is now situated in St Christopher’s Place a short walk so uth from Manchester Square, where you will be sure to enjoy one of the best cups of coffee in London. For real.

With the caffeine making its way through your body you will be ready to tackle some more of the boutiques which line St Christopher’s Place and the neighbouring James Street. If you really want a shopping extravaganza then wander around the corner onto Oxford Street to visit Selfridges, here you can quite literally shop un til you drop before heading to their champagne bar or Le Chalet to perk you up before dinner.

This brings me onto dinner plans (more food); there are a number of restaurants, which line both St Christopher’s Place and James Street, all of which are pretty good and very reasonably priced for London. The ones that I have tried and I really liked are Cocochan for pan-Asian cuisine, Chaopraya for Thai and Made in Italy for their metre long pizzas. After dinner stroll down Oxford Street towards the nearest underground station or taxi rank to head back home to put your weary feet up!

And there you have your guide to the perfect day spent exploring Marylebone, giving you a taste of both new and old in the heart of London.

Thanks so much for having me Kayleigh, I hope you enjoyed this post and are planning your trips to London this instance! If you want to get in touch then please feel free to message me at lulabellelifestyle@gmail.com or you can follow me on Instagram or Facebook for more Lulabelle Lifestyle updates. 

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