Hardened London tourists and guests at the Montcalm At The Brewery London City may already know about the Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street, the home of the titular detective at 221b Baker Street reimagined as a Victorian Museum of interiors and Holmes and Watson based paraphernalia. They’ll also know from all the talks and as one of London’s most advertised and crowd pleasing museum of wax work celebrities at Madam Tussaud’s in the nearby area. If you’ve been there, done that and got all the T shirts on sale, then why not explore the area further than its two main tourist attractions. Escape the hustle and bustle and discover the other exciting opportunities that Baker Street has to offer its visitors.
Daunt Book Shop
The Daunt Bookshop is located on 83 Marylebone High Street, a stunning Edwardian House and first used as a home for antique book seller Francis Edwards as far back as the 1910’s. The Daunt Bookshop was created by James Daunt in 1990 and sells a huge range of hardback and paperback books of all genres and forms. These range from fiction to non-fiction, sold in aisles rowed by beautiful shelves and galleries, spearheaded by a beautiful arched and partly stained glass widnow, fitting in perfectly with the Edwardian aesthetic and vintage feel of the shop. Several other branches have opened up around London but Marylebone Street’s original is the most eye pleasing, as is the range of popular canvas tote bags available in the shop.
Hay Hill Gallery
The Hay Hill Gallery is a grand glass panelled front art gallery and trader located in Marylebone. The range of works on display include international contemporary and modern art works from some of the most talented artists of the past century. These include works by Salvador Dali, Gemma Billington and Patrice Valota and vary hugely in their range of styles and themes. The gallery is also a well-known art trader, giving visitors the opportunity to buy works by the hand-picked artists who are showcased at the gallery. Current and upcoming exhibits at the Hay Hill Gallery include an exhibit of “Old Masters”, including Michelangelo Cerquozz and Joseph Heintz the Younger whilst an exploration of the sculptures of Edgar Degas is another top draw.
On the subject of art, the Wallace Collections is another massive draw to the Marylebone and Baker Street area. With over 5500 objects in its collection, the Wallace Collection was mainly the works collected by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford and left to his illegitimate son Sir Richard Wallace. After his death, Richard’s widow left the house and all of its collections to the general public, allowing it to become an open gallery in 1900. The collection includes works by European schools of art dating back to the 15th century and including works by François Boucher, Jean-Baptiste Greuze and J.M.W. Turner. There are also exhibits of French antique furniture and the decorative arts on display throughout the Manor House.
Pubs and Restaurants
Many parts of London boast a wide variety of delectable dining and drinking experiences, none are more classy than what’s on offer in Marylebone and Baker Street. From the old fashioned British Pubs of the Golden Eagle where the old fashioned quaintness stands out against the super sleek city centre to the traditional Gun Makers has a range of in house Ales and real pumps. For cocktails try out Purl for the aesthetic of a Speakeasy or the Burlock, where there are over 200 Rums to sample. For food in Marylebone your best bet is the Chiltern Firehouse or the Pizza Nativa.