A favorite of newspaper style sections everywhere, Marylebone High Street forms the heart of Marylebone Village (pronounced "Marr-le-bone"), a vibrant, upscale neighborhood that encompasses the squares and streets around High Street and nearby Marylebone Lane. The district took its name from a church dedicated to St. Mary and the bourne (another word for "stream") that ran through the original village. Nowadays, it's hard to believe you're just a few blocks north of gaudy Oxford Street as you wander in and out of Marylebone's small shops and boutiques, the best of which include Cadenheads Whisky Shop and Tasting Room (26 Chiltern Street); La Fromagerie (2–6 Moxon Street), an excellent cheese shop; Daunt Books (Nos. 83–84 Marylebone High Street), a superlative travel bookshop; the "Cabbages and Frocks" market (Saturday 11–5) on the grounds of the St. Marylebone Parish Church, purveying specialty foods and vintage clothing; and a large farmers' and artisanal-food market (Sunday 10–2) in a parking lot on Cramer Street, just behind High Street. But some memorable sights await, too, including the best remnant of ancien régime France in London, the fabled Wallace Collection.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More