As shopping opportunities go, London, has pretty much everything covered. Whether you are looking for a pair of hideously expensive designer shoes, a vintage pocket watch , or the very latest in high street fashion, gadgets and gizmos, you are guaranteed to be able to find everything you want in one of London’s many shopping spots. Despite (or maybe because of) this abundance of things to buy and places to buy them, tourists and locals alike flock to the major areas in droves and so shopping in London is not often a very pleasant experience. In fact, if you are stupid enough to hit Oxford Street on Saturday afternoon, it could leave you scarred for life. If you’re a bit of a shopaholic, but tired of being buffeted by elbows every time you need a new outfit, what’s the alternative?
Marylebone High Street is the alternative.
I have lived in London for a good many years and it took me at least half of them to come across this gem of a shopping quarter. Whilst you aren’t going to find a Poundstretcher on this road and there isn’t a Topshop (*gasp*), you will still find much here to splash your cash on, and you won’t feel like gunning down your fellow shoppers in the process.
Where is Marylebone High Street?
It is a short ten-minute walk north of Bond Street tube and is still within easy reach of all the big stores like Selfridges, House of Fraser and Debenhams (just in case you can’t find what you’re looking for and need to make an emergency purchase). It is also a quick stroll from Regents Park and Baker Street from the north.
What will I find on Marylebone High Street?
Fashion-wise, Marylebone High Street scores big. There’s a Whistles, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Gerard Darel, Matches and Theory, as well as accessories shops and hairdressers like Toni & Guy. You’ve also got a huge range of beauty and cosmetics shops like Space NK, Neal’s Yard Therapies and Pharmacie. If you are looking for any type of homeware then you could probably spend a week here as there is a Conran Shop, a Jo Malone, Diptyque, The White Company and a Skandium, to name but a few.
Are all the shops on Marylebone High Street expensive?
If you are not keen to spend you entire month’s wages on a frosted glass bowl then there are also some more practical shops on Marylebone High Street. There’s a Boots, Waitrose and Ryman, as well as Oxfam’s flagship London bookshop and reasonably priced fashion and shoe shops like Monsoon and Shoon.
What about eating and drinking?
If, after all that browsing, you are in need of some refreshment then the High Street provides once again. Patisserie Paul has an outlet here and there is also a Prêt a Manger and a Pain Quotidien. If you happen to be around at brunch time at the weekend then you are within the vicinity of one of London’s best brunch spots: The Providores and Tapa Room, where one of their fantastic fry ups will set you up for a morning of shopping, if not for the entire weekend ahead.
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