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London experts: how is "Marylebone" pronounced?

Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 07:09 AM
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London experts: how is "Marylebone" pronounced?

As a NYer I hate it when visitors pronounce Houston St. like the city in Texas....so in planning a quick trip to London, staying in Marylebone I want to make sure to say it correctly.

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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 07:20 AM
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If you think of the christmas carol there was a guy called "Marley"

then "Bone"

still if you want to amuse try Mary le bone
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 07:34 AM
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It's pronounced Fan-shaw
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 07:57 AM
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Now, now, Grayson.

Just clench your teeth and mumble after the "Ma" bit, that should do it - more like Mar'l'b'n.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 07:58 AM
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And for afters, try to find someone Dutch to explain how to pronounce Groningen.....
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Patrick - that is how I pronounce it, too.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 08:38 AM
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And as a follow-up question, is Marylebone a fun neighborhood?

I'm going to London for a weekend by myself and was looking for a cute boutique hotel, thinking of staying here: http://www.mandeville.co.uk/

I've been to London several times before so I don't need to do the usual touristy stuff.

Thanks for your advice.
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Care to define what you mean by "Fun"
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 09:00 AM
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fun---not stodgy, not overly touristy, a good selection of hipper bars/restaurants, a nice selection of stores, etc.
...someplace interesting for a 30-something gal to spend the weekend strolling around.
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I'd say it has a slightly staid reputation - the Mandeville's own website is pushing its proximity to Sotheby's, Christie's and Harley St clinics, which suggests their target clientele is not so much hip as hip replacement.

That said, I was surprised to see at least some rather quirky design shops up and down Marylebone Lane, and St Christopher's Place has plenty of nice-looking cafés and restaurants.

Maybe someone who knows the area better could advise better.
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Marylebone would probably fit your concept of fun place. Interesting boutiques (though you also find multiple chain stores increasingly). I personally think most restaurants on Marylebone High St tends to be over-rated, though two of my favourite places are on the bottom end (closer to Wigmore): The Golden Hind for fish & chips, and Woodlands for southern Indian.

BTW, Marylebone train station is not near Marylebone High St. It's about 10-15min walk. Closest tube stations are either Baker St or Bond St. I also recommend Wallace Collection.
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There are some quite trendy shops along the high street - eg Conran, Aveda, Skandium, Space NK, various places selling retro furniture, plus a few nice cafes/patesseries. The end of the High St furthest from Baker St tube starts to get a bit seedy, in a dingy but fairly harmless kind of way.

I got followed/accosted by a horrible bloke hanging around outside the tube once so don't think of it that fondly!
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