An Interiors day in … Marylebone, London
Start your day with morning coffee at Le Pain Quotidien at the top of Marylebone High Street. Originally from Belgium their bakeries have been gradually appearing on street corners throughout London over the past few years bringing their communal table dining to Londoners. With smaller tables set around a large communal table this is a very sociable place to start the day, they also do great chocolate spread!
Start your visit of the interiors shops at the top of the High Street in the Conran Shop. Opening in 1998 this was one of the first new shops in an area that had fallen out of fashion and it helped started the rebirth of Marylebone High Street. It was original a stable building but now houses 3 floors of interiors heaven, and is perfectly located for north Londoners who don’t want to trek to Conran in Chelsea.
Every smart interior needs lovely candles and you can’t get much better than Diptyque. A newer resident on the street, opening in 2008, the shop stocks the full range of candles, room fragrances and personal fragrances. Figuier is a personal favourite and the candle I use at home.
Last stop before lunch is Skandium to get a fix of everything Scandinavian. Their aim is to be the best retailer of Scandinavian design and furniture and they are the exclusive agent for some Scandi favourites including iittala, Le Klint and Marimekko. The style maybe be cool but you can always guarantee great service from knowledgeable staff here.
Time to sit down so head to The Providores and Tapa room still on Marylebone High Street for lunch, and depending on your style you can either choose the formal dining room, the Providores or the ground floor bar/cafe, the Tapa room. This room takes its name not from tapas but from a huge wall hanging that is a traditional Rarotongan Tapa cloth from the Pacific. Interestingly one of the original partners now runs The Modern Pantry featured in our Clerkenwell guide.
Now time to head across the road to Brissi for some shabby chic furniture and accessories. The owners aimed to make Brissi a place of beauty, luxury and serenity, and the result is a very relaxing store – you can really feel at home here. They also stock a wide range of french furniture and mix modern and traditional styles to help you find an eclectic look that is right for you.
Every well dressed bed needs good bed linen and close to Brissi you will find The White Company. The Berkley range below has an impressive 800 thread count, guaranteed to ensure you spend every night in luxury. Further up the street you will also find The Little White Company dedicated solely to their range for babies and children.
Final shopping stop is V V Rouleaux, now located on Marylebone Lane following the decision to sell their previous home on Marylebone High Street to Descamps. This is the shop for ribbons, tie backs and tassels whether your style is discreet and contemporary, or traditional and over the top. V V Rouleaux stock a very extensive range and also offer a design service if you can’t find what you want – or just don’t know what you want!
With the shopping done stroll down Marylebone Lane to the fabulous ONE08 Marylebone Lane restaurant in the Marylebone Hotel. Using the best ingredients the restaurant serves simple well cooked classic and contemporary dishes, and uses local suppliers including La Fromagerie and The Ginger Pig – two great foodie shops you could also visit on your day in Marylebone.
Enjoy your day in Marylebone, it is one of my favourite places in London to go for interiors shopping. If you would like to read more about the changes that have revitalised the area there is an interesting piece on the Howard de Walden Estate website.