Explore the area with a series of heritage walks to usher in the autumn. Blue Badge Tourist Guide Sophie Campbell will take you through streets steeped in history, art and music against a backdrop of fine 18th and 19th-century houses, elegant garden squares, huge churches and mews, and independent shopping streets.
Bounded by the Edgware and Marylebone Roads and Oxford and Baker Streets, the neighbourhood has a rare elegance, with its grid of sweeping thoroughfares connected by pretty mews and charming side streets. It also happens to have a history reaching back to the 1530s and the reign of Henry VIII.
These 1.5 hour heritage walks (plus a coffee break at Chiltern Street’s Monocle Cafe) start at Marble Arch where you will learn about the battle of the architects (Nash v Blore) and the tale of the moving arch.
Each walk will take you past the homes of two Beatles, the Wallace Collection, Ian Flemings’ house, Seymour Place and one of the earliest bath houses in Britain. Not to mention the Sylvia Young Theatre School, the school that launched Amy, Rita and Dua, and a once-ignored roundabout now filled with art.
All the while you will be passing the homes and offices of contemporary artists, foodies and entrepreneurs. These streets may look traditional, with their stately blocks and white trimmings, but you will find out that they are anything but.
The Portman Marylebone Walk of Fame will take place at 11am on Saturday 5, 12 and 19 September. Pre-booking is essential and tickets cost £10, all of which goes to charity partner City Harvest, putting surplus food to good use in a sustainable way. Book your tickets here.
Guests are also welcomed to The Grazing Goat on New Quebec Street for a complimentary drink and 20% off food at the conclusion of the walk.