West End - North

Insider’s guide

Steeped in history, West End North is home to impressive thoroughfares, hidden green spaces, an enviable dining scene, acclaimed museums, excellent transport connections and two Royal Parks (and that’s just for starters). It’s a great place to work, shop or make a home.

Bordered by Oxford Street to the South, Marylebone Road in the North, Kingsway to the East and Edgware Road in the West, this area combines beautiful period properties from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, with modern design from the 20th and 21st centuries. With the addition of new offices housing companies such as Facebook and Google, testament to the appeal of the area.

Fashionable Marylebone offers specialist shops alongside world-famous retailers, dining and nightlife. Independent-spirited, Fitzrovia is packed with history and a sense of community, it’s increasingly a destination for gourmands. Bloomsbury with its wide streets, garden squares and the British Museum grounds, provides respite from the busy city.

Weekends for me mean a leisurely walk around the neighbourhood. Early mornings are the only time that this lively, bustling place is tranquil and hushed. It feels like a village – the streets quiet and fresh, the locals warm and welcoming.

Paul A Young Owner, Paul A Young Fine Chocolates

Four of the best

Endless dining possibilities
London is a culinary playground, where Michelin stars, pioneering international cuisine and boutique restaurants sit alongside classic British pubs and cafés. Why not check out Artesian, the Ginger Pig (both Marylebone) and Tap Coffee (Fitzrovia).

Culture like no other
London’s West End has hundreds of museums and galleries to feed curious minds. Explore beyond the London guide books and the rewards are plentiful – how about booking to see the Fitzroy Square Opera or taking in the gallery England & Co?

Shopping for every eventuality
London’s shopping scene is vast, diverse and often surprising. From one-of-a-kind shops, such as Aperture (Fitzrovia), James Smith & Sons (Bloomsbury) and the Designers Guide (Marylebone), to big name Heals and innovative concept shop, Darkroom.

Go anywhere, do anything
West End North has superb transport connections, meaning that whether you live or commute here, life is much easier. Eight tube lines serve the area, there are plentiful buses and in 2018, the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) will connect the West End with Heathrow and Reading to the West and Shenfield and Abbey Wood to the East – the biggest change to London’s infrastructure since the Victorians invented the London Underground in 1863. 

Did you know?

You can walk the three miles from Big Ben to Kensington Palace without leaving a public park. London is nearly a third green space, making it one of the greenest cities on the planet. Hyde Park and Regent’s Park sit on the fringes of West End North – providing a daily dose of greenery.