Named after the parish church of Saint Mary by the Bourne, Marylebone includes illustrious Harley Street, the medical nucleus of London. Affluent doctors flocked to Marylebone formerly seduced by the spacious, elegant Georgian terraces. The Portman family developed many of Marylebone’s elegant streets and squares, including Portman Square and Manchester Square, now the home of the Wallace Collection.
The Marylebone is an elegant part of town encircled by Regent’s Park, Portland Place, Oxford Street and Edgware Road; is one of the most desirable areas in Central London.
By the mid-19th century professionals, particularly doctors were attracted to the spacious family houses on Marylebone’s Harley and Wimpole Street’s which provided appropriate consulting rooms for their clients. Many still exist today.
Steeped in history, Marylebone boasts multitudinous museums, collections and exhibits including the Sherlock Holmes Museum, the Wallace Collection of fine arts, York Gate Collections at the Royal Academy of Music, Madame Tussaud wax figure collection and the London Planetarium which unearths some of the mysteries of the solar system. According to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes lived here in Marylebone with Doctor John H. Watson from 1881 to 1904
Main streets and areas in Marylebone are Great Portland Street, Devonshire Street, Weymouth Street, New Cavendish Street, Harley Street, Hallam Street, Portland Place, Wimpole Street, Marylebone High Street, Wigmore Street, Baker Street, Gloucester Place, and Paddington Street
Marylebone merges with Mayfair at Oxford Street where Selfridges, one of London’s leading Department Stores, is situated. From here Marylebone Lane winds north along what was originally a river bank, the water now emitting from a concrete pipe near Vauxhall.
Up market urban Marylebone High Street is immersed in Designer Stores having recently undergone a rapid redevelopment, while congested Marylebone Road houses Madame Tussaud’s and the London Planetarium. Just to the north of Marylebone, in St John’s Wood, stands Lord’s, the world famous cricket ground and headquarters of the Marylebone Cricket Club.