13 May 2019
At once hip and well-to-do, Marylebone has an almost suburban feel, despite it being slap bang in the middle of London. Maybe it’s the beautifully-restored terraced houses, or the pockets of green space that dot the area, but there’s an almost village feel the area. It’s also littered with world-class restaurants, cultural venues and a plethora of independent retail brands. All in all, it’s hard not to fall in love with this perennially fashionable enclave.
9.30am: Monocle Café
Pop into The Monocle Café (18 Chiltern Street; +44 20 7135 20140) for a bowl of bircher muesli, a long black and a newspaper to start your day, and pick up a copy of the latest issue of Monocle and a handy tote bag while you’re at it. Filled with media, tech and artistic types, it’s a small, beautifully restrained space, that fills up quick. On sunny days it’s worth sitting on one of the tables out front and watching Marylebone’s great and good wander past.
Chiltern Street is home to several of Marylebone’s most noteworthy boutiques. There’s Cire Trudon (candles), Club Monaco (men’s and women’s fashion) Cox & Power (jewellery) and Prism (beach-wear) – but the most impressive is Trunk Clothiers London (8 Chiltern Street; +44 20 3030 5100). The original home of menswear brand Trunk, founded by Mats Klingberg in 2010, this store stocks a carefully curated selection of men’s clothing from Italy, Japan, the UK, Sweden, the US and elsewhere. Trunk Labs London, just up the road, specialises in accessories.
12.30am: A&D Gallery
Opened in 2000 by Pop Art enthusiast Daniel Brant and graphic artist Andie Airfix, A&D Gallery (51 Chiltern Street; +44 20 7486 0534) exhibits work by both up and coming and established artists and sells authenticated prints, artist’s posters and other items “for all budgets”. For example, you could purchase an original poster sent as an invitation to American painter, sculptor and printmaker Jasper Johns’ exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York in 1968, signed by the artist, for £1,200, or a paper plate designed by Roy Lichtenstein, one of the leading lights of the Pop Art movement of the mid- to late-Fifties, for £325. The gallery is now presided over by Director Helen Clarkson, who has been there since the start.
1.30pm: Ivy Café
A more casual offshoot of The Ivy, The Ivy Café (96 Marylebone Lane; +44 20 3301 0400) offers all-day dining with a twist. You can expect everything from chicken liver parfait to lobster risotto to mini salted caramel bombs. The prices are reasonable (expect to pay £13.50 for shepherd’s pie) and while there are plenty of flourishes, the menu by and large sticks to comfort food. There’s a large wine list too, and diners are encouraged to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail at the stylish, curved bar. While the original Ivy can sometimes feel more focused on the celebrity buzz, this more casual cousin focuses on the food and is all the better for it. It does fill up, particularly in the evening, so make sure to book a table in advance.
3pm: Daunt Books
James Daunt founded Daunt Books (83 Marylebone High Street; +44 20 7224 2295) in 1990, and it has been such as success that there are now six branches in London and Daunt himself has become Managing Director of Waterstones, reviving the high street bookshop chain’s fortunes since taking the helm in 2011. But the original Daunt Books, housed in the stunning Edwardian premises purpose-built for antiquarian booksellers Francis Edwards in 1910, is the bookshop of every bibliophiles dreams. We love the upstairs section, filled with everything from ancient maps to secondhand travel books. Cleverly organised by country, you can find everything from novels to Rough Guides in the same section, which is great for those wanting a 360 view of their next destination. Be warned though, you won't want to leave.
5pm: At the Movies
Model Tamara Ecclestone and fashion designer Julien Macdonald were just two of the celebrity guests at the opening of Liza Tesei’s At The Movies (18 Thayer Street; +44 20 7486 9464) on Thayer Street a few years back. It’s that sort of place. Tesei and her team know their business, providing a bespoke service to satisfy the needs of even the nerdiest film buffs – but you don’t have to be a collector to enjoy browsing the gallery’s impressive collection of vintage film posters, film stills and celebrity autographs. Be warned: You won’t be able to walk away without spending a considerable sum – probably on a James Bond poster. It’s just a matter of whether you spend £10,500 for 1965’s Thunderball, or £225 for 1987’s The Living Daylights.
Taste Yosma (50 Baker Street; +44 20 3019 6282) executive chef ’s Hus Vedat’s food and you will be tasting the authentic flavours of Anatolia. To start, meze plates such as soft manti filled with succulent lamb and dipped in sour yoghurt and chilli butter; thick chunks of spicy sucuk served with crispy potatoes and pickled red onion; and babaganoush, the aubergine coal roasted and mashed into a smoky pulp ready to be scooped up with pide fresh from the oven. Then the main event, lamb kofte or shish, lovingly prepared with premium locally-sourced ingredients – the lamb is butchered in-house – and washed down with a few glasses of Turkish wine, raki or a cocktail from the menu created by Matt Whiley, founder of celebrated drinks consultancy Talented Mr Fox. If you have visited Turkey and fallen in love with the food, it will all be pleasingly familiar. If not, prepare to fall in love.
There’s a lot to like about Clarette (44 Blandford Street; +44 20 3019 7750): the vaguely Art Deco-inspired interiors; the French wine list; the fact it’s (probably) the only place in London where you can pair a glass of Château Margaux with a burger. Set in a restored pub, Clarette has managed to combine French chic with the charm of the Great British boozer. If you want to eat, head upstairs, and if you want to drink and mingle with the post-work crowd, stick to ground level. It’s gets very busy, particularly
during the summer months, but that’s all part of the fun.
While in London, stay at Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living.