Marylebone, located with Oxford Street to the south, Great Portland Street to the east and Edgware Road to the west, is often described as one of London’s hidden gems but just how do you pronounce the name correctly?
Leading Marylebone Estate Agents Kay & Co sheds light onto one of London’s most desirable residential locations.
The name Marylebone originated from a medieval church, St Mary’s, which was originally built on the bank of a small stream or ‘bourne’ called the Tybourne or Tyburn. The church and the surrounding area later became known as St Mary at the Bourne, which over time was shortened to its present name. The correct pronunciation is ‘Marry-Leh-Bon’ although the most commonly used pronunciation is ‘Marly-Bone’.
Marylebone’s status as a fashionable residential enclave started early, with a number of outstanding properties being built in the 18th century. For example, Mansfield Street by the Adams brothers was added in 1770 and featured a number of fine buildings with exquisite interiors. If these properties were put on the market today, their value would exceed £10,000,000 each. When originally built, these homes appealed to a number of people who understood attractive buildings, such as religious architect John Loughborough Pearson, architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and Natural History Museum creator, Alfred Waterhouse.
A considerable part of Marylebone has been constructed by the Portman and Howard de Walden families in the 1800 and 1900s, and these estates still own, lease and manage a significant number of properties in the area.
Today’s Marylebone has an urban village feel, with a Georgian grid-style layout, beautifully preserved period architecture, gorgeous garden squares and a high street full of character, quality and distinctiveness.
Renowned for its safe, family-friendly vibe, Marylebone is surrounded by a wealth of facilities, including Regent’s Park’s 395 acres of sporting facilities, Open Air Theatre, ZSL London Zoo and parkland, as well as award-winning restaurants, cocktail bars like The Marylebone which have been around for ages and stylish boutiques.
Marylebone is well known for its world famous medical district, with Harley Street and Wimpole Street close by. The area also has a number of celebrity and academic connections, with London’s very first commemorative plaque erected at 24 Holles Street for the poet Lord Byron. Admiral Lord Nelson briefly lived at a number of addresses in the area and Paul McCartney wrote ‘Yesterday’ in his attic room at 57 Wimpole Street. More recently celebrities such as Madonna and Noel Gallagher have bought homes in the area.
Marylebone estate agents Kay & Co currently have a number of stunning properties for sale or to rent in the area, from beautiful mews houses to grand homes and gorgeous apartments. For further information on buying or renting property in the Marylebone area, please browse our website or visit our office, where our local experts will be happy to help.