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
Where do W1 locals go?
Breakfast, pastries and afternoon tea, this delightful restaurant is part of a small, well loved chain, where you feel right at home.
Submitted by Edvin
Marylebone Farmers' Market
Every Sunday 10am - 2pm, the market attracts many people far and wide. It's a no brainer for any London foodie!
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
The best place for lunch in Marylebone - partly a private members' club with an elegant atmosphere.
Submitted by Charles
A leafy spot to eat lunch on a sunny day and a lovely space to escape too.
Submitted by Edvin
They do amazing salads that fill you up, while still feeling nice and healthy. And their cold-pressed juices are superb...
Submitted by George
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
Best seafood in town on the Fitzrovia coastline... Let the smell draw you in!
Submitted by Jack
The Masons Arms
Traditional inside and out, this flower adorned local pub is in a great spot for Regent's Park.
Submitted by Aicha
Celeb hangout with grand surroundings - skip dinner and just book a hotel room!
Submitted by Tom
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!
Submitted by Kayleigh
A traditional family-run Italian restaurant where they serve the best pizza this side of Naples.
Submitted by Christopher
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
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?
"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."
Child-friendly activities near W1
Tiny Tots-Marylebone LibraryMarylebone Library
Songs and rhymes for under 5s 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
Small Beginnings arts and craftsSaint Marylebone Church Hall
Sports in various locations. Website
Football ClubAll 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 ClassFitzvoria 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 YogaPortland 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 sessionsWest 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
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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