Saint Marylebone Things to Do
This is a small park close to Baker Street that is a oasis in a very urban area. This was once a burial ground but only a small mausoleum remains.
The statue of the Orderly boy by Donato Baraglia of Milan (1849-1930) was placed here in 1943. There are many species of trees evident in the garden including cherries, laburnum and hawthorns. The principal species of tree here is the London Plane, a tree widely planted in Victorian London as it thrived in a polluted atmosphere.
It was a winters day when I visited the park but there are beautiful floral displays in the spring and summer.
The gardens won its first Green Flag award in 2008.
There is a children's playground, public toilets, benches and in the summer deck chairs and events in the park.
In 1835, Madame Tussauds’ exhibition established a permanent base in London as the Baker Street Bazaar - visitors paid ‘sixpence’ for the chance to meet the biggest names of the day. The attraction moved to its present site in Marylebone Road come 1884.
Madame Tussuad's is open at 9:30am, with last admission at 5:30pm, every day of the year. From 9am to 6pm at weekends and during UK school holidays, except Christmas Day.
Much improved in recent years - the ropes and barriers are gone and you can get close to the wax exhibits. As always with Madame Tussuad's across the world visitors from overseas will not be familiar with every wax exhibit - for example if you are not English you may not recognise some of the sports stars. However the Royal Family are there as are many A list international stars and something for everyone.
Buy tickets in advance to avoid queues and allow 2 hours for a visit. There is good disabled access and a Cafe Nero for refreshments.
At 1 Dorset Square (on the corner of Melcombe Street) stands Alliance House. It is a language school today but in the years 1941 - 44 this is where brave Free French agents (and some British agents too) departed to occupied Europe to risk death or at best a concentration camp if captured.
Dorset Square is a large London square with elegant houses around its perimeter but the grassed area behind railings in the middle of the square is locked and is only available for residents.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Saint Marylebone Restaurants
The shop has a wonderful shop section including a butchery department and the Food to Go counter offers a large selection of seasonal salads, quiches, soups, pies and sandwiches. These are complemented by made to order juices, smoothies, milkshakes, teas & coffees, all available to eat in or take away.
The restaurant / cafe is open all day from first thing in the morning until late, offering breakfast/brunch, lunch and dinner with snacks in between.
Saint Marylebone Transportation
This is one of the smallest mainline London termini. I think its a little gem. There are some things missing, such as there is no lost property office, but every thing is in a kind of small scale for London. All the trains from Marylebone are run by Chiltern Trains. I can get all the way from here to my nearest railway station at Kidderminster.
From here you can get trains to Aylesbury, Banbury, Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham and a few to Stourbridge and Kidderminster.Related to:
Saint Marylebone Shopping
This is a bit of an oddity really. On the Marylebone Mainline Railway station is a small shop selling really good International Artisan cheese. They are open until 8pm
What to buy: The shop appears to specialise in French cheese. They make good rolls of apple and brie to take on the train.Related to:
- Food and Dining