Spending the Day on Marylebone High Street
I lived about two blocks away from Marylebone High Street and spent many a day there, window-shopping at the posh boutiques, eating at some of the most reasonably priced but equally lovely restaurants in London, and spending the evening at some of Marylebone High Street’s fanciest pubs (can you use that as an adjective to describe a pub?)
To start your day, take your neighborhood tube to the Baker Street station and head east on Marylebone Road, making a right onto Marylebone High Street. Start off with breakfast at Natural Kitchen, on the West side of the street, for the best breakfast your body has had in a while.
My schoolmates and I visited this treasure after an exceptionally long management class, and we indulged upstairs with water, glasses of Prosecco, bagels (with smoked salmon for me, and tomato and avocado for my friend). The environment is equally as pleasing as the food – an English cottage feel with meat and bread product to purchase on the main floor, candle and household goodies in the bottom level, and a small eating area on the top floor.
It’s quaint and perfect, and the Marylebone location is one of two Natural Kitchen locations in London; however, this area is exceptional because you can stop for a bite to eat and then head down Marylebone High Street to shop.
Most of the shops on the High Street were out of my price range as a struggling graduate student on the U.S. dollar, but most of the fun in shopping the High Street was going into the brilliantly lit shops, with their open floor plans and fabulously crafted pieces and admiring that in which I would like to purchase in the future. Window shopping is equally as fun if you prefer to stay on the street and admire. Plus, an added bonus is Marylebone High Street is a good place for celebrity sighting- as many celebrities fancy areas in Primrose Hill and off Marylebone and Baker Streets for housing.
Daunt Books is an exceptional way to spend the entire day if you are bookie like me. They boast that hardwood, dark interior with natural sunlight that a perfect bookstore is fond of celebrating as an aesthetic value. The collection of books is stunning, and the location also holds events, which is a great way to spend your evenings as well.
Daunt Books has several locations in London, but the location on Marylebone High Street just speaks posh-literary for the true bookie crowd without having to travel to Chelsea to get your fix. Oxfam books is a runner-up for me on Marylebone High Street, but that’s only because I’m more fond of their location at Portobello Road.
Coco Momo features locations at Holborn, Kensington, and Marylebone, covering the North, South, and Central London areas. The hours are great, 9 am to 11 pm on weeknights, and 9 am to midnight on Friday and Saturday; they close at 10:30 pm on Sunday. The French décor, attractive and pleasant waitstaff, and the diversity of ages and cultures of patrons, made this a really nice place to visit.
My schoolmates and I visited Coco Momo after yet another intense management class, sometime around lunch, and involved our palette with Prosecco and Bloody Marys, shrimp fettucine, fish and chips, and soup (for me). The food was all reasonably priced and for about 20 quid you could get drinks and a decently sized meal. The Bloody Mary has got to be the spiciest Bloody Mary I’ve had in my entire life, and for that reason, I would make this your resident hangover spot as well.
I would highly recommend checking out other restaurants and boutiques on Marylebone High Street, as my review barely scrapes the surface of the places that you can frequent on this street. The location is also exceptionally great if you are a fan of shopping, because the street runs into Oxford Street, Europe’s busiest (and in my opinion, best) shopping areas.