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City Guide: Exploring the best of Marylebone, UK

Marylebone – pronounced ‘mar-luh-bone’ – is located just north of busy Bond Street and a stone’s throw from Regent’s Park. The area has an understated allure and today we have one of our very favourite ‘Instagrammers’ Rebekah Cheng explore, photograph and share why she loves the area that is subtly reminiscent of Saint-Germain in Paris or New York City’s East Village –

The relaxed, almost village-like local atmosphere makes Marylebone High Street particularly wonderful – independent menswear boutiques and designer concept stores mingle among artisan coffee shops and the occasional upmarket fromagerie.

Start your Marylebone adventure from the north (ie after your visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221b Baker Street) and your first port of call will be The Conran Shop.

The Conran Shop

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The Conran Shop spans three light-filled floors and features a whole host of lifestyle goods, quirky tech accessories and designer homeware. Trust me when I say that an hour in this store feels like five minutes! The top floor penthouse and roof garden is my favourite, where vintage furniture is mixed with award-winning furnishings (think Charles Hansen oak lounge chairs and Saarinen’s instantly recognisable oval marble dining table).

 

Rebekah’s picks:

1. Cire Trudon candles made from hand-blown green glass, from £63
2. Strauss reversible tote by WANT Les Essentials (ideal for the minimalist modern traveller), £595
3. Pink Everyday Mug by Emma Lacey, hand-thrown in the UK using a fine stoneware clay, £28

55 Marylebone High Street
+20 7723 2223
Mon – Sat: 10:00 – 19:00
Sun: 11:00 – 18:00
Site: https://www.conranshop.co.uk

 

Cologne & Cotton

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There’s nothing as pertinent as investing in quality bed linen. If you appreciate luxury Hungarian goose down pillows and having a good night’s sleep, pay a visit to Cologne & Cotton for a range of expect products that are well made and more importantly, priced within an accessible range. Look out for 300-thread count cotton sateen sheets (starting at £16) and classic white waffle blankets (from £50).

 

Rebekah’s picks:

1. 100% pure mulberry silk eyemasks, £15
2. Rose candle by Compagnie de Provence, £22
3. Embroidered cotton napkins with hemstitched borders, from £2

88 Marylebone High Street
+44 20 7486 0595
Mon – Sat: 10:00 – 19:00
Sun: 11:00 – 17:00
Site: http://www.cologneandcotton.com/

 

Daunt Books

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This is the official Daunt Books flagship store and one of my secret hideouts in Marylebone. It’s definitely a place to get lost in (especially on a rainy day). The staff here are incredibly dedicated, so don’t be afraid to ask if you can’t find what you’re looking for. For those who’ve got time on their hands, walk all the way in and climb up the stairs for a stunning view of the conservatory-style atrium.

 

83-84 Marylebone High Street
+44 20 7224 2295
Mon – Sat: 09:00 – 19:30
Sun: 11:00 – 18:00
Site: https://www.dauntbooks.co.uk/

 

Emma Bridgewater

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Personalised ‘made in England’ gifts are few and far between nowadays. Emma Bridgewater is my go-to place for when I need a bespoke homeware gift. Every customised product is initialed by the decorator who personalises your item (usually at the back or bottom of the product), all done by hand in their Stoke-on-Trent factory.

 

Rebekah’s picks:

1. Rose & Bee mug, £19.99
2. Black Toast Mr & Mrs Mugs, £39.99
3. Bluetooth retro radio, £79.95

81A Marylebone High Street
+44 20 7486 6897
Mon – Sat: 10:00 – 18:00
Thurs: 10:00 – 17:00
Sun: 11:00 – 17:00
Site: http://www.emmabridgewater.co.uk/

 

Monocle Cafe

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To sum up Monocle café, it’s pretty much Japanese culture meets Scandinavian minimalism in one space.

Try the breakfast muesli if you’re in a hurry, or go for the shrimp katsu sandwich – my personal favourite – and a cup of hot chocolate topped with whipped matcha crème. If you can, grab a seat outside – only because it’s the perfect spot for people watching. I once caught a glimpse of Gerard Butler across the road (he was staying at the now infamous Chiltern Firehouse)!

P/S: If you’ve got a sweet tooth and happen to be craving for dessert, I suggest a slice of green tea strawberry shortcake that’s freshly baked by Lanka in Swiss Cottage. And just in case they sell out of the shortcake, the green tea mousse tart is just as delicious.

 

18 Chiltern Street
+44 20 7135 2040
Mon – Wed: 07:00 – 19:00
Thu – Fri: 07:00 – 20:00
Sat: 08:00 – 20:00
Sun: 08:00 – 19:00
Site: http://cafe.monocle.com/


Guest post authored and documented by London-based photographer Rebekah Cheng of RebekahCheng.com

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