Marylebone area guide

Marylebone offers a unique village atmosphere, in an elegant and varied streetscape.

Marylebone History

Historically, the parish of St Marylebone extended from Oxford Street to Regent’s Park and St John’s Wood, but today those areas tend to be regarded as separate and the Marylebone area is bounded by Oxford Street, Great Portland Street, Marylebone Road and Edgware Road.

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Two great landowners built Marylebone – the Portman and Howard de Walden estates.

Sir William Portman, Lord Chief Justice, bought the western half of St Marylebone, the manor of Lileston, in 1553 and his descendent Henry Portman began to develop it in the 18th century. The Portman Estate now covers the most of the area west of Baker Street.

The area to the east of Baker Street, the old manor of Tyburn, was originally developed by the Earl and Countess of Oxford in the 1720s. Their daughter married the 2nd Duke of Portland, and the Dukes held the estate until 1879 when the reclusive 5th Duke died unmarried. The estate passed to his sister, Lucy, Baroness Howard de Walden, and the Howard de Walden estate is the the major landowner today. The title of Earl of Portman, however, passed through a different line and the current holder is Tim Bentinck, the actor who plays David Archer in the famous radio series and voiced the ‘mind the gap’ messages on the Piccadilly Line.

Marylebone Property

Both Estates managing Marylebone property strived to create an elegant and varied streetscape of squares and avenues in the Georgian manner. Architectural highlights include Portland Place, laid out by the Adam brothers and still retaining some of the original houses, and Portman Square, where Home House is one of the most perfectly preserved Georgian town houses in London.

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Though the area is still predominantly Georgian in character, some areas have been rebuilt as mansion flats, so the Marylebone property market today offers accommodation to suit most budgets, say our Marylebone estate agents.

The space and grandeur that Period buildings convey are some of the reasons Marylebone property is so sought after. Marylebone’s desirability also increased in the past decade due to the rejuvenation of the area. The Howard de Walden has very successfully promoted Marylebone Village as a destination for shopping, dining and the arts, and the Portman is doing the same with Portman Village, just north of Marble Arch.

Top Attractions in Marylebone

Marylebone offers a unique village atmosphere, in an elegant and varied streetscape. Marylebone residents can enjoy the wealth of vibrant independent shops, international cuisine restaurants and refined bars on Marylebone High Street and surroundings. Marylebone also abounds in street markets and street events and this is one of the reasons it boasts a strong community spirit. When living in Marylebone, you don’t want to miss the weekly Farmers’ market or the annual Marylebone Summer Fayre.

Marylebone Transport

Marylebone has excellent transport links across London and beyond. With Marylebone train station, Baker Street, Edgware Road & Marble Arch tube stations and numerous bus routes serving the area, it is a very convenient location for residents who do a fair amount of travelling, throughout and outside the Capital or internationally.

If you are interested in buying, selling or renting property in Marylebone, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sandfords. Our Marylebone estate agents are ready to assist with more information and advice on the Marylebone property profile, accurate property valuations and a great selection of property for sale or to rent in the area.

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