Two Days in London

We had a brief stay-over in London.  Using our time wisely with our London Red Map, we enjoyed seeing these places in the Marylebone neighborhood - a Red Maps' favorite.  Marylebone is charming and centrally located, as well as within walking distance to the major stores of Oxford Street, the bars of Soho and the designer boutiques of Mayfair.

Where to Stay:

  • Speaking generally, stay in central London. It's not worth trying to save money on a room if you're always taking expensive taxis or long Underground rides.  
  • Marylebone Hotels include the Chiltern Firehouse, the Mandeville and the Dorset Square Hotel.

Where to Eat in Marylebone:

  • Breakfast:  Carluccio's, a sunny, casual cafe with fresh-baked sandwiches and desserts.
  • Lunch:  Try a gourmet sandwich from farm-to-table Ginger Pig.  Next door is La Fromagerie Cafe which has a beautiful cheese room.
  • Dinner:  Chiltern Firehouse is a chicly-designed restaurant located in its namesake hotel.  Another option is the French restaurant Aubaine.  Both restaurants have outdoor seating.

What to Do:

  • See the Wallace Collection, considered one of London's best museums, with paintings by Joshua Reynolds, Poussin, Gainsborough and Canaletto.
  • Stroll in bucolic Regent's Park, which has Queen Mary's Gardens, the London Zoo, and you can rent a rowing boat.
  • See an exhibit at the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA.
  • Shopping:  Visit the engaging shops of Marylebone High Street, anchored by The Conran Shop to the north and to the south is Selfridges & Co.  Nearby on Regent Street are Liberty, Apple, Barbour, Hackett and Lilly Whites.

Marylebone's Main Train Stations

  • St. Pancras Station for the Eurostar to Paris and Amsterdam.
  • Marylebone and Baker Street train stations.