Top 6 Sites in London’s Marylebone

Located in the City of Westminster, Marylebone is a part of London which people often pass through without realising it. This part of the city has long been considered an incredibly trendy and fashionable place to live, with several well-known figures from British history choosing to make this area their home, including the likes of Admiral Lord Nelson, Charles Dickens, Lord Byron, and even modern day celebrities such as Madonna and Ringo Starr.

Marylebone has a little bit of everything for visitors, from great shopping on Oxford Street to the attractions and landmarks dotted around the area as well. Whilst it was difficult to narrow down just some of the best things to see and do in Marylebone, here are six of our favourites you won’t want to miss.

1. The Sherlock Holmes Museum

We mentioned that many famous faces have chosen to make Marylebone their home, but the area was also home to possibly the world’s most famous super sleuth: Sherlock Holmes.  The Sherlock Holmes Museum is located at the exact address of Holmes’ fictional apartment on Baker Street 221B, and is made up of the first-floor apartment plus two further floors that contain all manners of items relating to Detective Holmes and his sidekick Doctor Watson. There are photographs, props, replicas of the furnishings mentioned in the books, and even life-sized wax figures to feast your eyes upon. There’s also a souvenir shop full of odd trinkets. Any fan of the series will enjoy a visit here, and the entrance prices are reasonable as well, considering the Museum is in the heart of the city. It’s just £6 for an adult and £4 for a child.

2. Madame Tussauds

Moving on to some other famous waxwork figures, you can also find another delightful establishment: Madame Tussauds London.  This attraction has been drawing people of all ages since it first opened its doors in 1835, when Marie Tussaud created a show of waxworks featuring famous people of the time. In the present day, you can see a whole host of celebrities and have the opportunity to get up close to have your photograph taken with them.  The most popular figures include the likes of David Beckham, the British Royal Family, characters from Star Wars, and many more. Visitors can also enjoy a Chamber of Horrors and a Marvel 4D experience as well.  This attraction is so popular that if you haven’t booked tickets in advance, then you may find yourself queuing down Marylebone Road waiting to get in.

There are many London hotel deals to be found online, too, which also offer ticket packages for attractions such as Madame Tussauds. This is always worth considering in order to avoid lengthy queuing times.

3. Regent’s Park

Less than 20 minutes from the Park Grand Paddington Court Hotel London, you’ll find one of the best parks in London: Regent’s Park.  The city can boast a surprising number of parks and gardens, but if you want a park that offers a variety of things to do then Regent’s Park is an excellent choice. It’s home to the ZSL London Zoo, a fantastic zoo which has more than 20,000 animals and 800 different species, an open-air theatre, where it’s possible to enjoy a mix of classic and contemporary productions throughout the summer months, Primrose Hill, which offers stunning views over the London skyline, as well as the largest outdoor sporting area in the city.  The park covers just less than 400 acres with formal gardens, tree lined pathways, statues, fountains, memorials, and plenty of wildlife to discover in the heart of the urban jungle.

4. Wigmore Hall

Wigmore Hall is a leading international chamber music venue and regularly hosts some of the world’s best musical artists, holding some 400 events each year. The focus of the music does tend to be classical, but you shouldn’t pass up the chance to visit a recital if you get the opportunity. The Hall has been open for over 100 years, and it’s often the place for young artists to make their London debut—so you never know just who you might get to see on stage. If you’re interested in making a musical weekend of it, then The Royal Academy of Music is also just a stone’s throw away. It has a museum that’s worth discovering the diverse instruments and musical memorabilia on display.

5. St. Marylebone Parish Church

Lovers of architecture should take the opportunity to visit the St. Marylebone Parish Church whilst they’re in the area. The Parish Church was designed by well-known architect Sir John Soane, who was also responsible for designing the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Bank of England. The Church was built in 1825, predominantly from bath stone, and is very much in the Grecian style with a tower that’s often compared to the Tower of the Winds in Athens. Interestingly enough, the church is also home to one of London’s finest organs that was installed by Bishop and Son in 1828. Whether you have an interest in the works by Sir John Soane or not, make sure you add this landmark to your itinerary to appreciate this stunning building-

6. The Wallace Collection

One of the great things about London is the access to free arts and culture, and The Wallace Collection is a fine example of this. Located within a stunning Georgian townhouse, the Wallace Collection is open daily to the public and is home to one of the finest collections of European art in the world. In fact, it’s often claimed that the Great Gallery is the finest example of picture galleries in the whole of Europe.

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  • I’ve enjoyed reading this article as it reminded me of our stay years ago at the Hallem Hotel near Regents Park. I is quite a section of the city!

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