There has never been a better time to move to Marylebone or to its neighbouring villages. This is thanks to the beautiful properties, as well as the dazzling range of shops and services throughout the area.
Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it here. The best of the best. And in recognition of this, Kay and Co has incorporated some of the area’s finest retailers in its new advertising campaign. So, let’s meet some of them now. The butcher, the baker and the fine wine retailer… among others.
Beata at Beyond Bread Bakery, Fitzrovia W1
Beyond Bread is a culinary pioneer, continually exploring new ways to use gluten-free ingredients.
“Our gluten-free premises in Fitzrovia are certainly a safe place to enjoy food,” says Beata, Operations Manager at Beyond Bread. “We thrive on the quality of our products here, and our customer service.”
“Fitzrovia is a vibrant and diverse area,” Beata continues. “It is not as hectic as Soho or the City, so we can enjoy closer relationships with our customers.”
“The district is rapidly evolving, though, as more people want to be here. This gives us a chance to expand with it, without compromising our identity.”
For sale, at £1,100,000 Leasehold, this two-bed apartment is conveniently located in a quiet backwater, just a short walk from Beyond Bread Bakery.
The Property Deal Maker
Martin at Kay & Co, Hyde Park Estate W2
Martin joined Kay & Co in 1997 and became Managing Director of the family business in 2008. He runs the Hyde Park and Bayswater office and leads the company’s residential investment and development division.
He advises high profile companies such as British Land and The Howard de Walden Estate on their residential property interests. Furthermore, his passion for central London living means that Martin’s expert views are regularly quoted in the national press.
A former secretary of the central London branch of the National Association of Estate Agents, Martin is also a member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents.
For sale, at £6,950,000 Freehold, this luxurious four-bedroom family townhouse is fully air conditioned and is just moments from Kay & Co’s Hyde Park Estate office.
Mark at Electric Hairdressing, Marylebone W1
Electric is one of the most exciting hairdressing brands in the UK and its flagship London salon is right here in Marylebone.
“Marylebone has always been a hub for high-end brands because it’s such a trendy place to be seen,” says Mark, Creative Director and Founder of Electric.
“If anything, the area still seems to be growing in popularity. We’re busier than ever. We’re also seeing a wider range of clients looking for edgier looks.”
What kind of clients?
“We have people flying in from all over the world to visit us: film stars, musicians and models. Paloma Faith is a regular.”
For sale, at £1,500,000 Leasehold, this bright two-bedroom garden flat has a private courtyard and is just a short walk from Electric Hairdressing.
The Property Finder
Sarah at Kay & Co, Hyde Park Estate W2
In 2006, Sarah graduated with a BA Hons degree in Film, Radio & Television with Media Studies. She began her career in television production, and became an Assistant Art Director.
At the start of 2013, Sarah decided to try something new, and she joined the family business as a Lettings Negotiator with Kay & Co. Property clearly runs in Sarah’s blood. With a friendly approach, she listens to clients’ needs and finds them their perfect properties.
Her dedication and professionalism meant she was promoted to Senior Lettings Negotiator at the end of 2015 and Lettings Manager in the summer of 2016.
For rent, at £1,650 per week, this six-bedroom family house is located on a popular garden square, just a short walk from Kay & Co’s Hyde Park Estate office.
The Fine Wine Retailer
David at Connaught Cellars, Hyde Park Estate W2
Connaught Cellars is an independent retailer, specialising in hard-to-find and ready-to-drink wines.
“Even if we can source just six bottles of an old great wine, we get them,” says David, founder of business.”
“We have lots of local customers, including some famous sports and TV people, although all customers are VIPs to us.”
“Connaught village has a charming, relaxed atmosphere, even though it’s in the centre of a major metropolis. And our dog loves being next to Hyde Park, too!”
For sale, at £10,950,000 Leasehold, this luxurious three-bedroom penthouse apartment has a south-facing roof terrace and is just a short walk from Connaught Cellars.
Joe at Kay & Co, Hyde Park Estate W2
Joe joined Kay & Co in 2011 as a Sales Negotiator and was promoted to Sales Manager of the Hyde Park & Bayswater branch in June 2015. He is a Member of The National Association of Estate Agents and has more than 10 years’ experience in residential property, both in the UK and the UAE.
Joe’s pragmatic approach and intricate knowledge of the W2 postcode allow him to advise Kay & Co’s clients on their Prime Central London property market. Before joining the company, Joe was based in Dubai, selling apartments at the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa.
For sale, at £1,100,000 Leasehold, this two-bedroom period conversion is close to Hyde Park and just a stroll from Kay & Co’s Hyde Park Estate office.
Rhuaridh at Buchanans Cheesemonger, Hyde Park Estate W2
Buchanans Cheesemonger is a centre of excellence for all things cheese.
“Our aim is to source and supply the best cheese from Britain and Europe,” says Rhuaridh, the company founder. “We tend to the cheese in our own cellars and bring up a selection from the maturing rooms every week.
“We’re a small team, so local customers can get to know us, and we can get to know what they like. We also keep a range of wines and have regular tasting evenings.
“We’ve been in Connaught Village for four years. There’s a strong sense of community and we love getting involved with local events.”
For rent, at £495 per week, this bright one-bed apartment has direct views of Hyde Park and is just moments from Buchanans Cheesemonger.
Charlotte at Kay & Co, Hyde Park Estate W2
Graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2011 with a degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations, Charlotte joined Kay & Co in 2013. Before that she spent a year working for 37 Degrees, the health provider, where she developed her client-facing skills.
As a sales negotiator based at Kay & Co’s prestigious Hyde Park offices, her personality and charm are key to building relationships with customers.
Charlotte excelled at football and cricket as a child, and was invited to play for the Arsenal Girls under-15 team. Always on the ball, the pitches she prefers these days, however, are those relating to business.
For sale, at £4,995,000 Leasehold, this imposing five-bedroom, Grade-II Listed Georgian town house is just moments from Kay & Co’s Hyde Park Estate office.
Andrei at The Ginger Pig, Marylebone W1
The Ginger Pig specialises in top quality, high welfare meat and the finest dry-aged beef.
“We are the best at what we do,” says Andrei, the shop manager. “We sell the best produce and maintain longstanding relationships with customers. One man comes in each month and spends £800 on meat.”
The Ginger Pig attracts lots of famous faces, including actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Craig.
“Marylebone is full of interesting and diverse people,” adds Andrei. “Over the years I’ve noticed a real increase in different nationalities, which is great.
“It’s a lovely area, with a fabulous food culture.”
For rent, at £1,410 per week, this newly- refurbished three-bedroom apartment is in a popular portered block just minutes away from The Ginger Pig.
• Contact Kay & Co estate agents for details of properties for sale or to rent in Marylebone, Bayswater, Paddington, Notting Hill, Mayfair, Hyde Park, Fitzrovia, Regents Park, King’s Cross and The West End (020 7262 2030; Kay & Co).