Over the holidays, I was in the UK and spent some time in London. I stayed in Marylebone and completely fallen in love with the area. Although I worked nearby as a wide eyed 18 year old, I never really explored plus much has changed in 36 years!
Why was I here you ask? For ‘The Ravettes Reunion’ – to meet up with three of my dearest friends for some girl time. Our previously planned get together in Paris was shut down with Covid so we were happy to finally be together – 36 years after our first trip to the South of France! The reason we were/are the Ravettes is a story for another day over a glass of wine…
Anyway, Marylebone Village has some gorgeous stores, a food lovers delight with amazing restaurants and a magical IG worthy bookstore called Daunt where you can loose yourself for hours. Le Fromagerie has a walk in cheese room were I went mad purchasing and they have a family style table where you can eat lunch or enjoy a cheese tasting. Next door is The Ginger Pig – a renown butcher shop…free standing butchers shops are making a big comeback in the UK. Bayley and Sage is a boutique grocer with top of the line food, wine and flowers.
The area is close to Oxford Street and we stayed in an apartment overlooking Regents Park which has beautiful gardens and a open air theater which is packed during the summer months.
One of our best days included a short walk the the Wallace Museum which is housed in a stunning Victorian home. SO much beauty in this historic home. It was just enough to satiate without the exhaustion of a large museum. Of course, it felt only right to stop at Fishworks for a glass of Champagne and some Jersey Oysters.
So here we are – way back when and 2023. I have a feeling we will not want to replicate this image again as it is not easy to see how the years have made their mark. Lol!
I was the last to leave and felt the urge to explore more of the London I never seen. After a brisk walk across Regents Park, I climbed Primrose Hill to enjoy the stunning view of the London. From there I made my way along the iconic Chalcot Crescent which is known to be one of the most beautiful streets in the city and has a very special feel with the historic brightly colored homes.
The last part of my journey was a walk along the tow path to Camden Lock and the famous market where I treated myself to some “chips” and watched the water rise and fall with the lock activity.
I definitely recommend staying in Marylebone Village next time you visit jolly old England!