Marylebone is a smart area of London within the City of Westminster and is sometimes referred to as “Marylebone Village”. It is adjacent to Oxford Street ,one of the world’s premier shopping streets where you must take your lovely escort and treat her to a gift.
The name Marylebone originates from the name of the church St Mary’s which was built on the bank of a small stream or bourne called the Tyburn.. That area became known as St Mary at the Bourne and later shortened to Marylebone.
Your escort will be very impressed when you tell her this fascinating history. The manor of Tyburn dates right back to the Domesday Book – your escort will love to hear that in the 16th Century Thomas Hobson
that owned the manor exchanged it with Henry VIII.
There was a deer park now known as Regent’s Park. Many of the streets and neighbourhoods in the area reflect the names of some of the aristoctratic owners of the past – such glorious names as Cavendish Square and Portland Place.
Tell your escort that many famous people have lived in this area of London including the designer Sir Edwin Lutyens and the Victorian painter Turner. In fact Turner lived in Queen Anne Street – your escort will be fascinated when you tell her that the house he lived in was known as “Turners’s Den” and became damp and very dirty.
Many of the hugely valuable paintings which now hang in the National Gallery were scattered throughout this old house.
Stroll down another well known street with your girlfriend escort, called Wimpole Street where at number 57 John Lennon wrote I Want to Hold Your Hand on a piano in the basement. Of special interest and worth a visit with your escort is Manchester Square which is home to the Wallace Collection, originally the house of the Spanish ambassador but now housing a wonderful collection of French 18th century furniture, paintings and porcelain.
It is worth taking a walk down Marylebone High Street with its variety of interesting shops and as you approach Marylebone Road there is an area of fascinating history where in the 17th and 18th centuries bare knuckle fighting took place and a workhouse previously stood. You must take your escort to hear a classical concert at the Wigmore Hall in Wigmore Street with over 400 events held each year.