Things to do near Marylebone
Visit the major landmarks
Undoubtedly, the two main tourist draws in Marylebone are Baker Street & Madame Tussaud’s. The former is home to the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, and number 221B is where you’ll find all things Sherlock. It’s a quaint little place, in style far removed from the big glitzy museums, and always exciting to visit if you’re an avid reader. Madame Tussaud’s is a wax sculpture museum that needs no introductions, because it periodically appears in the media when they commission a new sculpture of some celebrity or other. If you can bear the queue, you’ll find see a lot of familiar faces there – from Rihanna to Barack Obama.
Soak in the city village vibe
Marylebone is often referred to as a ‘village’, which can be difficult to understand if you’re visiting for the first time (village? With this kind of traffic and hoardes of tourists?). However, once you spend some time there or know someone who lives there, you start to get the sense of community in this affluent west London area. Try darting into the small mews off the main road, or visiting the Marylebone Farmer’s Market. It takes place every Sunday from 10am to 2pm, and is a great place to rub shoulders with the locals. Oysters for breakfast, anyone? You could enjoy them fresh from the stall. Visit early, before the best products sell out, and expect to find as many as 40 stalls for you to explore.
See some incredible art in palatial surroundings
The Wallace Collection is essentially a treasure trove of incredibly valuable loot from around the world. It’s also very eclectic – at the time of writing, you can see Manolo Blahnik alongside Rembrandt. All of it is housed in a majestic townhouse, formerly belonging to Marquesses of Hertford. So if art and opulence make your heart beat faster, this is the place where you will feel right at home. See those pistols over there? Belonged to Louis XIV. Not bad, they are. Not bad at all. The permanent collection is also free to visit, so you can pop in anytime you’re in the area and need to rest your eye on something beautiful.