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Wellington Arch

Wellington Arch

In this corner of Green Park, there's a number of memorials that remind us of Britain's rich history.

Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial

I love its design and you get to experience a bit of culture walking from this pretty corner of Green Park to Hyde Park.

Grosvenor Square

Grosvenor Square

Grosvenor Square on a balmy evening beats Hyde Park!

Paddington Street Gardens

Paddington Street Gardens

A quiet spot moments from the fantastic cafes and restaurants in the heart of Marylebone. Don't forget your table tennis bats!

The Joint

The Joint

The best wings, ribs, burgers and pulled pork in town! It rivals even the most well known and popular barbecue restaurants.

Hedonism Wines

Hedonism Wines

A wine and spirits shop for those with a sophisticated palate - this is the place to go to pick up something extra special.

Bó Drake

Bó Drake

Bó Drake has a relaxed, Soho vibe serving a fantastic selection of small plates and sharing dishes of modern Asian cuisine. The impressive cocktails alone are a reason to go. Look out for their seasonally themed drinks available during Bó Drake Late every Friday and Saturday night too!

MASH

MASH

This American steak house serves delicious high-quality food with a Danish twist. The Art Deco interiors are really cool too!

La Fromagerie

La Fromagerie

An Aladdin's cave of foodie delights - fresh produce, charcuterie and a cheese room. If they let me into heaven, I hope it looks like this!

East Street

East Street

Quick and tasty Pan Asian food just off Oxford Street.

Choccywoccydoodah

Choccywoccydoodah

Just off Carnaby Street, this shop is like a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for grown up's! All of the chocolates are hand made by the team and don't just look good, they taste amazing too...

The Cavendish

The Cavendish

The best place for lunch in Marylebone - partly a private members' club with an elegant atmosphere.

easyGym

easyGym

A hidden gem gym at the top of the Plaza Shopping Centre. It's been the setting for a few famous ITV film shoots and has an excellent double gym class session on a Sunday morning!

Chiltern Firehouse

Chiltern Firehouse

Celeb hangout with grand surroundings - skip dinner and just book a hotel room!

Antidote

Antidote

This lovely restaurant and wine bar is hidden away just off Regent Street. You'll find a cosy wine bar downstairs complete with a terrace and a fantastic restaurant upstairs, which serves impressive food.

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"In the 1840s, the painfully shy Duke of Portland erected eighty feet high screens of frosted glass around Harcourt House so people could not see what he was up to. He was so shy that he would had a complicated system of bells installed in his house, so he could warn any occupants of rooms he was moving into of his arrival, and they would be compelled to vacate!"

Stepping into Selfridges, I always feel like a kid in a sweet shop...and their window displays are unbelievable!

Tania Smith

With all the shops and restaurants, sometimes you forget that there are some beautiful residential properties around Charlotte Street.

Charles Cutting

A rich vein of restaurants and cafes...I love walking down Charlotte Street without a reservation and dropping in to any place that takes my fancy...

James Blackler

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What locals say about W1

  1. You can choose to eat pretty much any cuisine imaginable late into the night!

  2. Soho is the beating heart of central London and one of the most vibrant and exciting parts of the capital, where there's always something interesting to see and do. It never sleeps!

  3. There's such a buzzy atmosphere in Fitzrovia, while still being a bit more laid back than Soho!

  4. Marylebone has developed into a very cosmopolitan central London area, which has a lovely village feel to it, despite being a stone's throw from Oxford Street. The high street is now populated with an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, which are not the usual run of the mill high street names. On Sunday there even is a farmers market with local produce from just outside London. Despite being in the heart of London, there is a great community spirit and people actually know their neighbours! It is close to the delightful rose gardens of Regents Park and Hyde Park and there are very good public transport facilities all within walking distance.

  5. Great atmosphere, central. One of the best locations in London. Near everywhere

  6. Quiet with easy access to Oxford Street, Regent's Park and Marylebone High Street

  7. For me, Marylebone makes the heart of London feel like a countryside community. Having grown up in a rural part of the UK i thoroughly enjoy the bustling farmers market, extensive variety of shopping and delicious eateries. A classy area for all to enjoy!

  8. The busy hustle and bustle is what makes living just off Oxford Street so exciting. Within minutes of leaving my flat I'm able to pop to the shops to buy myself some new gear, I can go and see one of the stunning musicals of the West End, or I could enjoy one of the many sophisticated cocktail bars in Soho. It's not always so busy - on a Sunday morning before the shops open I love nothing more than to jog along Oxford Street to Hyde Park and then around St James's Park past Buckingham Palace. This place really does offer it all!

  9. I'm a keen runner and so it's great to be close to the parks. There's a beautiful high street and great transport links to get around.

  10. You do not need to use public transport as everything you need is in walking distance. The best place to live in the world.

  11. Mayfair is a safe desirable area to live with many great restaurants to enjoy a wide selection of cuisine . It has many great squares and parks only a few minutes walk away.The theatres are all on your doorstep . There is no need to use public transport. Fantastic shopping experience.

  12. It's lively all the time, there are a lot of things going on but not particularly the best area if you have kids!

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About W1

W1 is the postcode district in Central London incorporating the areas of Portland Street, Regent Street, Oxford Street, Soho, Chinatown, Soho Square, Harley Street, Marylebone, Mayfair, Piccadilly, Royal Academy, Grosvenor Square, Hanover Square, Savile Row, Fitzrovia, Tottenham Court Road, Marylebone and Great Portland Street. It is actually split further into the following smaller postcodes: W1A, W1B, W1C, W1D, W1E, W1F, W1G, W1H, W1J, W1K, W1S, W1T, W1U, W1W.

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