Marylebone, Fitzrovia & Bloomsbury
Set to the South/South East of Regents Park, Marylebone, Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury are bustling areas of Central London and residents who live here can boast to having world famous locations and attractions on their door steps.
Marylebone gets its name from a church dedicated to St Mary, now St Marylebone Parish Church. The church was originally built on the bank of a Bourne called the Tybourne. The church and surrounding area later became known as St Mary at the Bourne, which over time, became shortened to its present name. The area is distinguished by its major streets on a grid like pattern, with smaller leafy streets lined with stately period homes and stylish boutiques in-between. Life centres around the busy high street in the Marylebone Village, complete with quaint cafes and a weekly farmer’s market. Harley Street is also located here, known for its large number of private medical specialists since the 19th Century. Overall, the area attracts celebrities, city professionals and affluent young couples who live as well as shop here.
Between Marylebone and Bloomsbury, and just north of Soho, Fitzrovia finds itself right in the midst of things. Fitzrovia is peaceful and attractive, with a wide variety of architectural styles, dating from the eighteenth century to the present day, all dominated by the BT tower – one of London’s tallest and most iconic buildings. It contains a dense mix of residential, business, retail, healthcare, and more recently, art galleries. The neighbourhood hosts Fitzrovia Lates on the last Thursday of every month. Galleries remain open until 9pm and artists, performers, and curators lead discussions, rivet audiences, and illuminate inspirations behind the work.
Bloomsbury is a fashionable residential area that boasts some of London finest parks and buildings, and is particularly known for its formal squares. It is also home to some of the most prestigious schools, academies and colleges in the UK. Bloomsbury’s name dates back to the 16th and 17th Century but nowadays the name is recognised worldwide due to its affiliation with many prominent establishments and organisations, such as Bloomsbury Publishers (publisher of the world’s most famous boy wizard in all of muggle history) and The Bloomsbury Group. It is a truly picturesque area of London which is a welcome distraction to the buzz and energy that surrounds it.
|From Marylebone to...||By Car||By Train/Tube|
|Heathrow Airport||17 miles, 31 mins||25 mins (1 changes)|
|Gatwick Airport||41 miles, 63 mins||47 mins (2 changes)|
Types of Housing and Pricing
Most of property in Marylebone is owned by two estates; The Portman Estate, who manages a large area to the West, and The Howard de Walden Estate, who own, lease and manage the remaining majority. The area was one of the first in London to experience a property boom back in the 18th century and today there is still a mix of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture throughout allowing the neighbourhood to retain its charm. Many of the period properties have now been converted into apartments, with more family-sized properties being available closer to Regents Park. The area is still being redeveloped with new, high-end apartments often coming on to the market.
In Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury there is a large mix of architecture with a street of Georgian townhouses just round the coner from the latest glass development with commercial space on the lower floors and residential space above it. There is a large student population in the area; meaning developments of halls of residence are mixed in with the rest of the housing.
|Marylebone, Fitzrovia & Bloomsbury|
|To Purchase||To Rent|
|Studio||£300,000 - £850,000||£150 - £500 per week|
|1 bed||£425,000 - £1,000,000+||£215 - £650 per week|
|2 bed||£500,000 - £1,000,000+||£350 - £800 per week|
|3-4 bed||£700,000 - £2,000,000+||£500 - £1000+ per week|
|5+ bed||£1,200,000+||£1200+ per week|
Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.
The Local Authority (LA) for the Marylebone area is the City of Westminster. The LA for Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury is Camden. The LA’s are responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.
With their location, the areas do not offer many state schools. There are a few independent schools in the area which are well regarded but overall the area is not best known for its lower school education facilities. There are many well-regarded universities in the area though.
To view a map showing schools in the local area, please click the button below. Each school on the map can be clicked to show further information, including OFSTED ratings, exam results, age ranges and number of pupils.
- Ranked in Top 10%
- Requires Improvement
- Primary and Secondary
- Independent School
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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates
The City of Westminster & Camden Councils are the administrative authorities responsible for the areas. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
The police authority for the area is the Metropolitan police. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.
Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.
A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.
Marylebone is a quite simply a shopper’s paradise. Not only do you have Marylebone High Street with its array of boutique stores but Oxford Street is only a stone’s throw away and is one of London’s most popular shopping destinations, containing a huge selection of high street brands and flagship stores. Oxford Street ends in Fitzrovia at the junction with Tottenham Court Road which is again lined with shops, bars and restaurants. In addition to this, major retailers can also be found in Baker Street, George Street and Edgware Road. The Portman Village and Chiltern Street offer shoppers a different scene, with numerous specialist shops, boutiques and tailors selling unique rare and beautiful things for you and your home.
There is also the very popular London Farmers’ Market which is a weekly market where you can buy fresh vegetables and produce grown or made by the sellers themselves including "home-made" pies, chutneys and cakes. Held in Bloomsbury on a Thursday and Marylebone on a Sunday.
There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.
Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.
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Indaba Yoga - embark on your own yoga journey in a nurturing and informative environment. No need to bring anything, just your bare feet and loose clothing!
The Landmark Hotel Spa & Health Club - home to some of London’s unrivalled and luxurious spa and wellbeing experiences.
Seymour Leisure Centre – with a fantastic range of facilities including a large gym, 30m swimming pool, climbing wall, fitness classes, sports hall, jungle gym, spa & salon just to name a few. A wide range of memberships are available including pay as you go.
Madame Tussauds - a major tourist attraction, displaying life size replicas of various people from around the world.
Wigmore Hall - one of London’s most important and historic concert halls, showing 450 musical performers every year.
The Wallace Collection - a national museum situated in a historic London town house. 25 Galleries show an unsurpassed collection of French 18th Century paintings, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.
The Cadenhead’s Whisky Tasting Room - is a popular and intimate tasting experience of some of the best whiskies from across the regions of Scotland.
The British Museum - a museum dedicated to human history, art and culture. It has a permanent collection of around 8 million works which is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence.
Charles Dickens Museum - and discover the world’s most important collection of material relating to the great novelist & social campaigner.
221b Baker Street, London – the world’s most famous address and the official home of Sherlock Holmes!
Daunt Books - an original Edwardian bookshop with long oak galleries and graceful skylights situated in Marylebone High Street.
The Wellcome Collection - based at 183 Euston Road this museum displays an unusual mixture of medical artifacts and original artworks exploring “ideas about the connections between medicine, life and art”.