This is the first Caperguide we’ve done in our own backyard (well, near enough anyway!)… Welcome to Marylebone Village. We’ve walked these little lanes a thousand times before, but this time, here on ‘holiday’ felt like the first. Its’ quaint little cobbled streets, independent shops and relaxed tone made us fall in love with this area of West Central London all over again.
You might notice that we didn’t bring our 19 month old Caperbaby (another first for our guides!)… We decided to give mum and dad (us) a kid-free mini break (but that part is up to you!) Keep reading for where to stay, what to do and of course, eat!
Our staycation begins at The Marylebone. Part of the beautifully curated Doyle Collection, the hotel is both chic and charming with an obvious David Hick influence – cleverly mixing antique and modern furnishings. Think funky library walls, clashing prints (that really don’t clash at all) and artwork (that we would more than happily take home with us) donning the walls.
Within a stone’s throw from Oxford Street, Selfridges and of course, Marylebone High Street, a short walk to Regents Park, Hyde Park and the Royal Academy of Arts, there’s a constant buzz at The Marylebone. 250 rooms (including 44 suites), a pool, bar and multiple function spaces, not to mention the four restaurant/bar options.
The food offering in Marylebone Village is spot on. Start the day at The Marylebone’s 108 Brasserie with great coffee, perfect eggs and a breakfast bar covering just about every European breakfast option there is.
Lunch at 28°-50°. You can’t miss it – a beautiful, bright and airy space with a lively feel. Great food, friendly knowledgable staff and a very impressive wine list. It’s a popular spot with both locals and visitors for a good reason!
And then there’s La Cucina Caldesi – THE Italian cookery school in Central London. Of course, you can visit their restaurant Caldesi just 10 strides from the cookery school, but what could be more satisfying than tucking into seriously good pizza and pasta that you can then go home and recreate?
Spend the day popping into shops like Papouelli, Caravane and one of our favourites, David Penton & Son – at 167 years old, this is one of the oldest shop on Marylebone Lane and is just plain charming!
The Farmer’s Market. An absolutely charming and delicious ‘must-do’. Sundays 10am – 2pm.
GO TO: marylebonevillage.com
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