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I have a flying visit to London planned in a couple of weeks. This is the first trip without kids in years. I have one morning/early afternoon from 9am-3pm where I can do whatever I want! I love all things niche but don't have lots to spend. Any tips on where to go, shops to visit? I'm staying in Marylebone.
John Soanes Museum in Lincolns Inn is interesting - he was an architect ( designed Bank of England building) who set up part of his house as a study place for his students with lots of interesting relicts and paintings. House itself is fascinating from an architectural point of view, and because it's a house ( albeit a big one) you can get round it and see everything quite quickly ( an hour is enough). But you need to get there early - we arrived at 10 and had to queue for 45 mins to get in. Curators are very well-informed and happy to give loads of information. The Wallace Collection is also interesting, fantastic sword/armour collection as well as lots of paintings. Somerset House is worth a visit, there's often something interesting going on in the central square, you can walk through to the river, and the art gallery is fab ( and again not too big). I've seen some interesting exhibitions at the Photographers gallery ( just off Oxford street)- might be worth checking what's on there. All of these are either free or inexpensive.
Sorry just realised this in Style and Beauty so you probably want shops! Fortnum & Mason is fab to look around, but expensive. Anthropologie on Regent Street is worth a look ( thought can be £££, but there might be some sale stuff still.
Thank you both. Delphin- the John Soames house sounds amazing. I am definitely going to look it up. I've just managed to confirm a booking for lunch at Vanilla Black- looks amazing. Self- Marylebone high street is great. I also just found out that they do a market on Saturday in Marylebone called 'Cabbages and Frocks'- will be checking this out also.
Agree w everything already said, plus The Marylebone is great for cocktails and a chat, and La Fromagerie is a wonderful place to browse for food and stop for a bite. Marylebone is one of my favourite areas in London.
I do like Patisserie Valerie in Marylebone Lovely shops on Marylebone High Street and great access to Oxford Street / Regent Street. Marylebone Hotel a nice place to stay. I've stayed there a few times. Financially out of the question for me at the moment. A girl can dream. Have a great time.
Yes, Marylebone Hotel looks lovely. However for me I'm staying at another Marylebone Hotel......Marylebone Travel Lodge ;) My budget is pretty tight, maybe one day I can stay at a luxury hotel though. I've actually been saving Lewis' vouchers given as gifts over the last couple of years and I'm hoping that I can book in a personal shopper at Peter Jones. I'd love to go for cocktails and a chat- however I'm travelling solo this time and no longer know anyone in London (despite having lived there 10yrs ago for a short spell!)
Marylebone High Street is lovely for a mooch, and has the glorious Daunt bookshop too. You're v near the Wallace Collection, which is a nice way to spend an hour, and then you are seconds away from Selfridges. I must admit that I'm not terribly fond of the London Selfridges (the Birmingham one is nicer imvho) but I am VERY fond of the Oxford Street John Lewis!
Are you arriving into Euston? If yes, you are v near the Wellcome Collection, which is very niche and has an amazing bookshop, as well as a nice little cafe, which is good for whiling away an hour or so people watching.
Yes Remus, I wanted to go to the Lewis' personal shopper, but they were fully booked! Thank you for Wellcome Collection tip. I will have an hour or so to fill between finishing lunch and catching train back. I will seek it out.