The Story of Marylebone
A Treasured Site in Central London.
For a piece of once noble land in Central London to remain unclaimed is unheard of. Yet, for the past five decades this prime spot at the heart of Marylebone has been left untouched. Surrounded by lively streets loaded with tales of past generations, this preserved patch of land – taking up the space of an entire city block – has its own story to tell.
Through the Years
1086where it all began
The earliest reference to the Marylebone area is in the Domesday Book, which mentions two Manors – Tyburn to the east and Lilestone to the west.
1400all in a name
A church, named after St. Mary the Virgin, is built on the bank of the river Tyburn. Over time, the area became known as St-Mary-la-Bourne, which became the ambiguously pronounced Marylebone.
1544fit for a king
Henry VIII acquires the northern half of the Tyburn estate, using the land as a deer park and the manor as a hunting lodge. The fields and woods where he hunted are now known as Regent’s Park.
New Nobility For Modern Living
To this day, much of Central London’s most sought after real estate is owned by five aristocratic families whose claims date back to a time when the land stretching beyond the narrow, twisting streets of Tudor London was meadow and pasture.
Today, the story of Marylebone is still being told. This tract of the most treasured turf in the city has until now remained unclaimed. The site lies between the Portman Estate to the west and the Howard de Walden Estate to the east. Marylebone Square captures the grandeur of its surroundings, while maintaining the sensitive approach to stewardship characteristic of the area’s famous landlords.
to Call Home
To feel a sense of belonging, you need a community: a well-stocked local grocer where you can pick up last-minute ingredients; a favourite restaurant that welcomes you like family; or a friendly barber at the end of the street. Marylebone has it all. Community get-togethers – whether it’s the farmers’ market on a Sunday or an outdoor concert at Manchester Square – mean that getting to know your neighbours is easy. And for the more functional side, a plethora of outstanding schools and some of London’s most prestigious medical practices all sit within walking distance.
the new farmer's market
At Marylebone, you are perfectly placed. Paddington and Euston stations are a short ride away, while Baker Street and Marylebone stations are right on your doorstep. Bond Street underground is a five-minute walk down the road, where the Elizabeth line will connect you to Heathrow Airport or Paris via the Eurostar. For an evening of entertainment, hail a cab to The Royal Opera House or to London’s iconic West End – or for a spot of shopping Selfridges is your local department store. Weekend walks and relaxing summer evenings are always on the agenda with Regent’s Park a stone’s throw to the north, and Hyde Park to the south.