Marylebone has a high violent crime rate and a high property crime rate for London.
If you want to be near the action in London but have some peace and quiet within your own home, Marylebone might be the right neighborhood for you. Almost all of the action here can be found on the high street, where there are plenty of options for cafes, boutiques, coffee shops, bakeries, and even a few high end retailers. The Conran Shop is an institution for upscale home goods and a playground for design enthusiasts. There are hundreds of places to eat here, so it will take you a long time to get through all of them. The options rangee from affordable ethnic food to L’Autre Pied, a Michelin star rated favorite. More restaurants are always popping up here so you will find something to challenge your taste buds.
Most of the homes are large and stately period homes on well manicured streets. These can be single-family homes but most have been converted into multi-family apartments, which makes this a great place for singles or couples who are moving to the area. The property here was once all owned by a single powerful family, so there is a consistent design to most of them. As a bonus, a lot of the properties come with views of gorgeous private gardens. Toward Gloucester Place, you'll find more newly built housing as well as student living quarters, so things can get a little bit louder there. Interspersed with these homes are stylish little boutiques.
The characters that make up the community are certainly colorful and memorable, from the independent shop owners to those who sell at the weekly farmers’ market. Still everyone seems to know everyone else here and there is a small town vibe. There are even a few celebrities who have made themselves at home here, though they tend to keep to themselves a little more.
Marylebone does have a healthy tourist market as well, thanks in part to the musical community here. There are over 450 performances per year at the local Wigmore Hall alone, and there are tons of smaller venues as well. Art enthusiasts also have a home here since Marylebone offers older paintings at The Wallace Collection or innovative, immersive theatrical events at The Cockpit.
Still, the area is built for residential living, with plenty of options for fresh groceries, daily necessities, a library, cinemas, doctors, dentists, spas, bookstores, and gyms.There are frequent buses into and out of Marylebone, so some of London's wilder locations are just a ride away.
The City: 3.7 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit / 25 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 7 miles / 30-60 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit
Southwark: 5.1 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit / 25-30 minutes by bike
Westminster: 2.6 miles / 10-20 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit / 15-20 minutes by bike
Shoreditch: 3.6 miles / 15-35 minutes by car / 35-45 minutes by transit / 25 minutes by bike