A locals' guide to W1
"With so many upmarket designers and eateries along Marylebone High Street, you're spoilt for choice!"Tania Smith
"The buzz around Marble Arch is like no other place in London - I always feel like a tourist when walking around here."William Campbell
"With all the shops and restaurants, sometimes you forget that there are some beautiful residential properties around Charlotte Street."Charles Cutting
Where do W1 locals go?
The Duke of York
A really cosy pub with traditional interiors, this place is a great little spot.
Submitted by Aicha
Best seafood in town on the Fitzrovia coastline... Let the smell draw you in!
Submitted by Jack
A great selection of pubs and sandwich shops in a corner of Mayfair between Green Park and Hyde Park.
Submitted by James
Located on the doorstep of Oxford Circus, The Langham is a grand hotel with impeccable service. Luxury at its best. 5 stars.
Submitted by Jack
A traditional family-run Italian restaurant where they serve the best pizza this side of Naples.
Submitted by Christopher
A wine and spirits shop for those with a sophisticated palate - this is the place to go to pick up something extra special.
Submitted by Edvin
The Masons Arms
Traditional inside and out, this flower adorned local pub is in a great spot for Regent's Park.
Submitted by Aicha
Bentleys Oyster Bar & Grill
The best seafood and shellfish you will have in London. It's 101 years old - a real seafood institution in London! Great heated terrace and all guests get a blanket for outside dining all year round.
Submitted by Jennifer
Paul Rothe & Son
A fourth generation family delicatessen serving homemade sandwiches and lunchtime treats.
Submitted by Jack
Fraq's Lobster Shack
Amazing lobster rolls and an even better location in a buzzing area just off Charlotte Street.
Submitted by Zahra
A variety of restaurants for every occasion and budget, which are centred round a covered courtyard.
Submitted by Amelia
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Based on Forest Gump, this lovely shrimp restaurant from the USA has opened its first restaurant in London! Amazing food and the restaurant is decked out just like you're on the film - it has its own gift shop too!
Submitted by Olivia
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.
Submitted by Lise
Why do you find W1 a great place to live?
"You can choose to eat pretty much any cuisine imaginable late into the night!"
"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!"
"There's such a buzzy atmosphere in Fitzrovia, while still being a bit more laid back than Soho! "
"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, the... more
"Great atmosphere, central. One of the best locations in London. Near everywhere"
"Quiet with easy access to Oxford Street, Regent's Park and Marylebone High Street"
"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!"
"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 ... more
"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."
"You do not need to use public transport as everything you need is in walking distance. The best place to live in the world."
"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."
"It's lively all the time, there are a lot of things going on but not particularly the best area if you have kids!"
What do you like about W1?
Did you know?
"In 1997 Rick Buckley created a number of moulds of his nose and put them up around London. Setting them beneath CCTV cameras, Buckley was mocking the controversial use of video surveillance and the ones that are still intact have become known as the Seven Noses of Soho."
Child-friendly activities near W1
AquababiesMarble Arch Marriott
Aquakiddies/Babies swimming lessons, whilst teaching essential baby swimming skills, also strongly emphasise 'having fun' as we believe enjoyment to be vital for baby health. Our courses are 5 weeks long with 1 lesson per week. Our prices are very competitative especially when you consider all the bonuses of baby swimming. Why not jump in and see for yourself. Website
The Baby Academy
The idea came from wanting to put together pre-natal and post-natal workshops for parents in a relaxed home environment. Combined with post-natal parent coaching and "back on track" home consultations. The Baby Academy offers you help and advice in your own home, giving you the confidence and skills to build a happy home life with your new arrival. Website
Small Beginnings arts and craftsSaint Marylebone Church Hall
Sports in various locations. Website
DanceworksBranNew West End School
We warmly welcome all levels and abilities to our huge selection of dance and fitness classes in our lovely Victorian building with 7 great studios in the heart of London. Website
Bible ClubAll Souls Clubhouse
An all-rounded club that provides children with active games, challenges and craft as well as learning more about Jesus from the Bible. If your child attends All Souls Primary, we can collect them from school. Website
Club Kids GroupAll Souls Clubhouse
A baby and toddler drop-in for parents and carers. We provide a range of facilities for free play and offer story and singing times, art and craft, and healthy snacks Website
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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