Lunchtime Walks: Marylebone
Posted in: i2 Office Area Guides by i2Office on 14th September 2017
Our Marylebone serviced offices combine the newest state-of-the-art facilities inside an antique Georgian exterior, perfectly combining the past and the present. The surrounding area is also a mix of old and new – it’s a thriving business hub full of some the best shopping and restaurants to be had in London, but look further and there are interesting remnants of the past.
All this makes for an insightful and interesting lunchtime walk. Here are just four of our favourite places to check out near Marylebone.
The Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection at Manchester Square is not only home to one of Europe’s finest collections of works of art, paintings, and furniture, it’s also a just a short stroll through Marylebone from our offices.
The permanent collections on display were originally collected by Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess, hence the name. Today, the Wallace Collection is open from 10am to 5pm every day, and entry is completely free.
There’s also a restaurant on site, The Wallace Restaurant, a French-style brasserie which offers a truly spectacular setting. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Walk: 13 mins
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All Souls Church Langham Place
All Souls Church is an evangelical Anglican church located at the north side of Regent Street. Dating back to 1824, the church’s unique architecture, most notably its prominent circular spired vestibule, makes it instantly recognisable.
The bath stone building, built by architect John Nash, is now truly iconic. But as praised as the architecture is today, at the time it wasn’t so. A scathing review from 1828 stated: “To our eye, the church itself, apart from the tower, is perhaps one of the most miserable structures in the metropolis – in its starved proportions more resembling a manufactory, or warehouse, than the impressive character of a church exterior.”
The location of the church, close to the BBC Broadcasting House, means that the building is often used for television programmes.
Walk: 7 mins
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Royal Institute of British Architects
You don’t have to be Ian Nairn to appreciate the architecture in this part of London, not least if you take the time to take the short walk to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
The RIBA was founded in 1834 for ‘the general advancement of Civil Architecture, and for promoting and facilitating the acquirement of the knowledge of the various arts and sciences connected therewith’. However, it wasn’t until 2014 when there was a launch of London’s first architectural gallery.
Today you can visit the RIBA Architecture Gallery where there are always a number of exhibitions on display that celebrate the history of architecture in the UK capital.
Walk: 2 mins
Google Maps: Royal Institute of British Architects
Queen Mary's Rose Gardens
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of business in Marylebone, a short walk to the North will find you in Regent’s Park. This huge 410 acre Royal Park contains Regent’s University London and London Zoo, and in reality, should be repeatedly visited during your lunch break.
Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens are singled out as it is a tremendous and often overlooked part of the park. In fact, the garden is home to London's largest collection of roses with approximately 12,000 flowers planted. According to The Royal Parks, the shrubberies are strategically designed and located to add a sense of mystery and privacy to the gardens, making the gardens the perfect spot for a stroll after a stressful meeting.
Walk: 14 mins
Google Maps: Queen Mary’s Rose Garden