7 Hidden Gems In London’s Toniest Yet Least Touristy Neighborhood

7 Hidden Gems In London’s Toniest Yet Least Touristy Neighborhood

The classy village of Marylebone, London is an area so confident of its charms, it doesn’t need to shout them.

Marylebone, London doesn’t boast the instant name-check factor of “cool” London neighborhoods like Hoxton or Shoreditch, but among affluent Brits in-the-know, this low-profile locale is where the real cool resides. Marylebone High Street is the ‘hood’s heart for edgier luxury label shopping, but there’s also a menagerie of independent sellers and epicurean emporiums tucked among the streets. And yes, more high-profile hotspots like celebrity hangout Chiltern Firehouse and the Sherlock Holmes museum are located in Marylebone too—but we’ve got the scoop on seven well-kept secrets of the area’s well-heeled.

Step Inside Marie Antoinette’s Favorite Candlemaker’s Boudoir-like Boutique

The historic taper candles called “Les Trudonnes” were favored (and named!) by French candlemaker Cire Trudon‘s most famous patron, but that’s not all you’ll find in the label’s first permanent store outside of the Paris original. Check out a wildly Instagrammable wall of dinner candles in a variety of colors, and anything-but-ordinary blends like the Ernesto, an intoxicating mix of leather and tobacco, or Spiritus Sancti, an incense-rich scent evocative of ancient churches. 36 Chiltern Street

Browse Books in Elegant Edwardian-Style Surroundings

Known just as much for it’s Edwardian decor as for it’s tomes, independent bookseller Daunt Books is a bibliophile’s dream destination. Head to its elegant three-level back room for the beloved travel section, a specialty of the shop. There you’ll find row after row of travel guide books, maps, history, travelogues and travel-related fiction, all organized by country. But you may find yourself snapping photos just as much as choosing books: The green walls, oak balconies, conservatory ceiling, and arched stained-glass window are irresistible. 83-84 Marylebone High Street

Experience Private, Personalized Shopping in a Quietly Glamorous Townhouse

Luxury shopping on Marylebone’s High Street is anchored by top boutique Matches Fashion, known for edgier buying from brands like Vêtements and Balmain. But for a more intimate experience, make an appointment at the brand’s private, 18th-century townhouse around the corner, No. 23, which is dedicated to personal shopping and has a tailor and stylist on-site. And don’t be surprised if you stumble upon an up-and-coming designer trunk show or pop-up shop while there. 23 Welbeck Street

Taste an Incredible Selection of Fromagerie (and more!) in a Cheesemonger’s Urban Oasis

The secret’s out on La Fromagerie (which has two other London-based locations), but the Marylebone location is something special…and its popularity is a testament to just how good it is. The well-curated shop and restaurant features a maturing cellar, dedicated walk-in cheese room, and an affineur (cheese specialist), who is on hand to help with selections, plus baked goods, dry goods, and tons of specialty products. Grab a seat—if you can—at the long communal dining table, and try one of the matched cheese and wine boards. 2-6 Moxon Street

Explore the Finest Whiskies, all Tucked into One Cosy Indie Shop

Love a fine whisky? This is your spot. Cadenhead’s is Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, and it’s atmospheric Marylebone-based whisky shop and tasting room is one-of-a-kind. You can purchase (and taste) their own produce, but you’ll also find  limited editions selected from distilleries all over Scotland. Tasting events are held regularly in the leather chair-lined back of the shop, and can also be arranged privately as well. 26 Chiltern Street

Find Visual Inspiration Inside the City’s Best Trim Shop

A jewelry box of vibrantly colored ribbons, braids, trimmings, feathers, ties, tassles, and fringing—and so much more—VV Rouleaux is a favorite of interior designers, fashion stylists, wedding planners, and other in-the-know creatives. Tap the staff’s expertise in all things decorating, and prepare to be awestruck by the creatively adorned walls. 102 Marylebone Lane

Stroll The Weekly Cabbages & Frocks Market For Designer Steals & Fancy Food

Marylebone locals never miss this charmingly-named Saturday market held on the grounds of St. Marylebone’s Parish Church. The fashion- and food-focused event overflows with retro and vintage clothing, homewares, and chic jewelry, and has been a launching pad for new designers too. And don’t forget, there’s food. Think select olive oils, bread, olives, and cheeses sold alongside organic crepes and classic hog roast. St. Marylebone’s Parish Church, Marylebone High Street