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A locals' guide to W1

"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 so many upmarket designers and eateries along Marylebone High Street, you're spoilt for choice!"

Tania Smith

"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

What is your favourite place?

Where do W1 locals go?

Richoux

Breakfast, pastries and afternoon tea, this delightful restaurant is part of a small, well loved chain, where you feel right at home.

Marylebone Farmers' Market

Every Sunday 10am - 2pm, the market attracts many people far and wide. It's a no brainer for any London foodie!

Shepherd Market

A great selection of pubs and sandwich shops in a corner of Mayfair between Green Park and Hyde Park.

The Cavendish

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

Berkeley Square

A leafy spot to eat lunch on a sunny day and a lovely space to escape too.

maple&FITZ

They do amazing salads that fill you up, while still feeling nice and healthy. And their cold-pressed juices are superb...

The Langham

Located on the doorstep of Oxford Circus, The Langham is a grand hotel with impeccable service. Luxury at its best. 5 stars.

Bonnie Gull

Best seafood in town on the Fitzrovia coastline... Let the smell draw you in!

The Masons Arms

Traditional inside and out, this flower adorned local pub is in a great spot for Regent's Park.

Chiltern Firehouse

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

Said

The most dreamy place for a late night hot chocolate...

East Street

Quick and tasty Pan Asian food just off Oxford Street.

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!

Delfino

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

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!

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

What do you love about W1?

Why do you find W1 a great place to live?

Louise

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

January 2016

John

"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!"

January 2016

George

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

January 2016

Alexa

"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

February 2015

S.K.

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

February 2015

Mubarak

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

February 2015

Leigh-Anne

"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!"

February 2015

Craig

"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

January 2015

Richard

"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."

December 2014

Local resident

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

January 2014

Local resident

"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."

December 2012

Anna

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

January 2012

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"At the turn of the nineteenth century, Montagu Square resident Robert Coates was the self-proclaimed finest actor of his generation. Financing his own productions, he often forgot his lines, repeated his favourite scenes 3 or 4 times in a performance and even made up entire new scenes to the bemusement of those around him."

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Child-friendly activities near W1

Tiny Tots-Marylebone Library

Marylebone Library
Songs and rhymes for under 5s Website

Danceworks

BranNew 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

Small Beginnings arts and crafts

Saint Marylebone Church Hall
Sports in various locations. Website

Football Club

All Souls Clubhouse
Football coaching for children using fun games, drills and exercises. An exciting short Bible series is taught in each session. Website

Mini Mozart- Babies and Toddlers Concert and Class

Fitzvoria Community Centre
Mini Mozart is a fun and interactive live music class for babies and toddlers. The classes feature two or more live instruments; a clarinet, violin, flute, French horn, saxophone or trumpet with a piano accompanist. The idea of Mini Mozart is to get children actually listening, not just hearing. Children interact with our live musicians in a way that is impossible with recorded music. Website

Pregnancy Yoga

Portland Hospital Physiotherapy Department
Yoga practices focus not only on physical health during pregnancy but also the cultivation of peace in mind. Yoga increase your own awareness of your body, mind and emotion. Through regular practice you develop a sense of confidence and positivity about pregnancy and in your innate abilities to give birth £25/class £125/ 6 classes Website

Drop ins and play sessions

West End Children's Centre
Stay and Play. A safe and stimulating learning environment for babies and young children where parents can chat in an informal atmosphere. Set in the heart of Soho our Children's Centre offers services for children and their families throughout the West End. We give advice and practical support to families with young children. Languages spoken include Arabic Bengali Cantonese Hindi Portuguese and Tagalog. Our unique location in the heart of the city means we have good links with many of London's famous sites museums galleries and theatres. Website
  1. 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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