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Streets of London

Marylebone, a history

Marylebone has a rich history that dates back centuries. The area's name can be traced to the medieval era when it was known as "St. Mary's Church by the Bourne," referring to the church dedicated to St. Mary and the nearby stream, the Tyburn.


During the 18th century, Marylebone became a fashionable residential district attracting the aristocracy and wealthy individuals who built elegant townhouses and mansions in the Georgian and Regency architectural styles. The area further flourished in the 19th century with the arrival of the railway, as the opening of Marylebone Station in 1899 facilitated transportation and brought new economic opportunities.  Throughout its history, Marylebone has been home to notable figures such as Charles Dickens and the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, who famously resided at 221B Baker Street.

For years Marylebone was the Borough of St. Marylebone, until its merger with the boroughs of Westminster City and Paddington in 1965.


Today, Marylebone is a vibrant and cosmopolitan neighborhood, blending historic charm with modern amenities, offering a wealth of cultural attractions, stylish shops, and renowned restaurants.

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