The affluent inner-city area of Marylebone in the City of Westminster gets its name from a church dedicated to St Mary built on the bank of a small stream or “bourne”. In the eighteenth century the area was known for Marylebone Gardens, where dubious activities such as bear baiting, cock-fighting, gambling and boxing took place within the brick walls of the grounds of the old manor house of Marylebone and closed in 1778.
The historic area of Marylebone Village is now a retail community comprising shops, restaurants, hotels and cultural institutions such as the Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Society of Medicine and The Sherlock Holmes Museum. Notable restaurants include the Roux at the Landau, 108 Marylebone Lane and The Orrery, while traditional pubs such as The Angel in the Fields and The Coach Makers provide a relaxing environment in which to enjoy a quiet pint.
The area also benefits from its weekly Marylebone Farmers’ Market, which takes place at the Cramer Street car park and brings together between 30 and 40 stalls offering fresh produce such as beef and lamb, oysters and unusual salad leaves.
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