Food And Drink Shopping In Marylebone

Shopping in Marylebone

Bordered by Marylebone Road and Oxford Street in central London, surrounding the University of Westminster, you will discover the earthly delights of shopping in Marylebone. Restaurants, shops, bars and pubs and just some fun things to do are tucked into this little district.

It is Oxford Street, after all, where some of the largest shops in London are found, but drift a little north into Marylebone, leave the crush of the avid shoppers in the big shops behind and find some of the best independent shopping to be had in London.

Whatever your budget will afford from quick, on-the-fly fish and chips to an elegant haute cuisine in candles and crystal can be found in Marylebone. Tender veal from England, buttered crab from Norway, succulent lamb from the fire and ice pastures of Iceland are found at Texture, a sampling of the haute cuisine in the district. Quiet elegance with Icelandic scenes on the walls carries the diner far from the clamour of London shopping.

If Southeast Asia calls to the hungry palate, Busaba Eathai is ready to answer with Thai fare, but be prepared for some awakening. While the establishment speaks quietly in decor, the offerings are decidedly alive with palate pleasures of grilled aubergine with toasted coconut and prawn pomelo, just to sample their menu.

For more grounded fare with nod to the Yanks, try Meat Liquor, whose name says it all: American, juicy burgers and frothing brew. There is other fare from Cajun Louisiana to Southern fried and some great cocktails, but mind your attire if you have just come from Oxford Street: the sign reads “No suits, no ballet pumps.”

If you are looking for “shaken, not stirred,” or just a quick pint of ale, bars and pubs in Marylebone, depending on the establishment, will accept just about any attire. The “shaken, not stirred” variety is found most properly in the Langham Hotel, a marble and glass establishment containing Artesian, a Victorian décor of elegant mixed drinks not likely to be matched anywhere in London; certainly not in Marylebone.

Not on the other end of the scale, but catering more to the pint of ale, is the odd-monikered Temperance, a gastro-pup. A dark, cavernous but energetic environment awaits the imbiber of some very classic brews. However, to further complicate the moniker, Temperance offers a fine variety of wines by the glass, and there is dining upstairs.

Shopping in Marylebone may seem a contemporary mesh of streets where Londoners have suddenly found a respite from the crowds just south and along the length of Oxford Street, but it will surprise some of those contemporaries who have just discovered it that this district has been a shopper’s refuge for at least three hundred years. Who knows who has haunted these streets and shops in the past; who knows what and who will be encountered now?

If you have not yet enjoyed the earthly pleasures of Marylebone, it’s time to take a few hours from London. You may never want to leave.

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