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Marylebone

Time: 11am   Duration: 2 Hours 

Start/Finish: Cavendish Square (by the empty plinth)

Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus

8. Marylebone 
 

The Village in the Capital

Marylebone was a small parish which took its name from its church, dedicated to St Mary; the original church was built on the bank of a small stream or "bourne", called the Tybourne or Tyburn

 

Situated just to the north of the much busier Oxford Street, Marylebone has managed to retain a distinctly village type atmosphere with its own high street which has a number of independent shops and restaurants. Much of the land resides within the ancient holdings of two aristocratic families; the Portmans and the Dukes of Portland/Howard de Walden families, now run by the Portman and Howard de Walden Estates.  

This area is famous for the many private medical practices around Harley Street, beautiful historic mews housing, garden squares, cultural sites like the Wallace Collection and Wigmore Hall and a “whiff of scandal” from its connections to the Profumo Affair in the 1960’s.  

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