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Kaffeine

Kaffeine

An Antipodean cafe moments from Oxford Circus serving delicious coffee and a weekly changing menu of tasty food.

Mayfair Pizza Company

Mayfair Pizza Company

A hidden gem on a cobbled street in Mayfair. Simple bistro-style Italian food, a wood-fired pizza oven and really affordable for the Mayfair area.

The Parlour, Sketch

The Parlour, Sketch

Posh breakfast and striking, artist-designed dining rooms - perfect for a special occasion...

The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection

Displaying a private collection of artworks from the 18th and 19th centuries. The plus point of museums in London is most of them are free to visit...

Manchester Square

Manchester Square

One of Marylebone's many charming garden squares...

Delfino

Delfino

A traditional family-run Italian restaurant where they serve the best pizza this side of Naples.

Bellaria

Bellaria

This rustic Italian restaurant and wine bar has a cosy atmosphere. It's a great place for a family get together or an intimate date.

St Christopher's Place

St Christopher's Place

After a busy day down Oxford Street, nothing beats a quiet escape to this hidden gem tucked in the heart of Marylebone.

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!

The Beehive

The Beehive

One of the best pubs in Marylebone and an amazing selection of lagers.

Cecconi's

Cecconi's

Without a shadow of a doubt, the best breakfast in London. A celeb hangout, you may be sat alongside Bernie and Tamara Ecclestone, Bill Nighy and Kylie Minogue.

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.

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.

Pizza Pilgrims

Pizza Pilgrims

As well as an intimate, homely atmosphere, the pizzas are delicious and very very affordable, starting at only £5!

Royal Artillery Memorial

Royal Artillery Memorial

This World War I monument is very impressive, even on a cloudy day.

Why not explore the nearby areas of Earls Court, West Kensington, Fulham, Barons Court, South Kensington, Kensington, Chelsea, Holland Park, Hammersmith and Imperial Wharf

"The wold's first attempt at an indoor ice rink was tried at the Baker Street Bazaar near Portman Square in 1844. It lacked a certain popularity, as the ice being mad from hog's lard and chemical salts, had a distinct whiff of cheese wafting from it!"

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

Walking along Piccadilly, I love taking in the sites that central London has to offer.

Christopher Sellwood

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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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