So you have a few hours to kill in Marylebone or you want to check out something in the area and aren’t too sure what else there is to do nearby. Maybe you’ve set aside a whole day for your visit – what should you do? Where should you go? My things to do series is here to help with a full days itinerary all mapped out for you. Follow it religiously or pick and choose the things that suit your schedule – it’s up to you! Just be sure to have fun exploring.
Baker Street is of course home to the world’s most famous detective and while 221B Baker Street isn’t actually a real address just a little further down the road is a museum dedicated to him and his mysteries. The first floor study has even been faithfully maintained as it was kept in Victorian Times. Even if you don’t want to check out the museum itself it’s worth stopping by to get your picture taken out front in a traditional deerstalker hat! Museum is open every day from 9:30am til 6pm although I recommend getting there early as due to Benedict Cumberbatch’s stint as the detective it can get pretty busy. Admission costs £15 per adult and £10 for a child.
Hang out with the stars
If Sherlock isn’t your thing how about rubbing shoulders with the likes of Kim Kardashian, Zoella and Alfie Deyes or even the Queen? OK so they aren’t the real deal but the Madam Tussaud’s waxworks are so close to real life you can totally pretend that you’re BFFs with Barack Obama. Madam Tussdaud’s is however one of the most popular tourist attractions in London so I thoroughly recommend booking timed entry ticket from their website otherwise you’ll waste hours of precious time just queuing to get in.
Enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea
Just a short ten minute walk away is the magnificent Wallace Collection. I’ve been before to see their Joshua Reynolds exhibit but the permanent collection is just as magnificent ranging from paintings to suits of armour, sculptures and jewellery – the best part is everything including their rotating exhibitions are completely free of charge leaving you cash to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the beautiful courtyard restaurant. For £18.50 per person you’ll be treated to a selection of sandwiches, homemade scone, clotted cream, Peyton and Byrne preserves and a selection of cakes. For an extra £7.50 you can even indulge in a glass of champagne to go with it.
You’ll need to walk off that afternoon tea so why not take a stroll down the world famous Harley Street and take in the very best in medical practitioners the country has to offer. You can find practitioners offering almost any kind of cosmetic enhancements from teeth whitening, laser eye surgery or even hair transplants in London here. Who knows you might even bump into a celebrity after they’ve had some work done!
Take a Stroll through Regents Park
London has a surprising number of green spaces and Regent’s park is one of the biggest housing stunning memorials, fountains and statues galore, Primrose Hill with some incredible views of central London and even the ZSL London Zoo. Sadly the zoo closes between 4pm and 6pm depending on the season but if you’re visiting during the summer you may be lucky enough to visit during one of their late night evenings.
In an ideal world I’d end the day with a swim and a spa treatment at Third Space before taking in some incredible views from the terrace of one of The Marylebone hotels sumptuous suites but for a more budget friendly option in the area check out the MStay 146 Suites or the Z Hotel at Gloucester Place for some terrific value for money rooms. A sneaky tip for you if you book into Z; they offer free cheese and wine between 5 and 8pm at no extra cost! My kind of deal for sure.