Recognisable by its redbrick Georgian architecture, Marylebone is one of London's most desirable postcodes. It resists the frenetic frenzy of nearby Oxford Street, instead offering a cool, calm pocket of curious boutiques and independent retailers and restaurants. This stylish enclave skips to its own beat, also boasting a weekly farmers’ market on Sundays, the uber-stylish Monocle Café and sizzling celeb hangout, Chiltern Firehouse.
Luca Faloni, Marylebone High Street
Italian-born Londoner Luca Faloni founded his eponymous label in 2013 when he saw a gap in the market for understated, durable cashmere and linen in London. Following a successful King's Road pop-up, the new boutique on Marylebone High Street houses a sumptuous array of silk-cashmere jumpers and polo shirts; brushed cotton shirts and vegetable-tanned leather accessories, which strike the balance of contemporary and timeless. Our favourite Faloni piece is the clean-lined cashmere hoodie, which easily transitions from airport to office.
10am-7pm (Sunday 11am-6pm) 108 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, London W1U 4RU, lucafaloni.com
Daunt Books, Marylebone High Street
Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street has been drawing London's literati since its opening in 1990. This bibliophile's haven is housed in a former Edwardian bookshop, completed in 1912 and thought to be the first custom-built bookshop in the world. The arched window and skylight flood the shop with natural light, while books are arranged on long oak galleries. Daunt Books specialises in fiction and non-fiction books spanning travel, art, design, food and children's reading, and you can also pick up a now-famous Daunt Books canvas tote bags.
9am-7.30pm (Sunday 11am-6pm), 84 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, London W1U 4QW, dauntbooks.co.uk
Sophie Hulme, Chiltern Street
British designer Sophie Hulme designs refreshingly fuss-free leather handbags in a rainbow of colours. The Chiltern Street flagship houses Hulme's complete repertoire of logo-free clutches, bucket bags and boxy totes, finished with sleek, polished hardware, as well as offering an in-store personalisation service.
Monday-Wednesday 10am-6pm; Thursday-Friday 11am-7pm; Saturday 11am-6pm; Sunday 12-5pm; 38 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7QL, sophiehulme.com
Cire Trudon, Chiltern Street
Founded in 1643, Cire Trudon is the oldest candle maker in the world. Chiltern Street boasts the only European bricks-and-mortar Cire Trudon shop outside of France, imbued with old-worldly Parisian charm. Handpick tapered candlesticks in a spectrum of hues and browse an enticing array of beautifully packaged home fragrance and perfumes including my personal favourite – the scented 'bust' candles, which reimagine notable French dignitaries and royals in scented wax.
10am-6pm (Sunday 12-5pm), 36 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7QJ, trudon.com
Casely Hayford, Chiltern Street
Father-and-son duo Charlie and Joe Casely Hayford founded their eponymous label in 2009 and are credited with pioneering a new genre of menswear in London, splicing tradition Savile Row tailoring with sportswear and subculture references. Womenswear followed in 2017, satisfying a thirst for contemporary, bespoke female tailoring in London. The brand opened its first standalone boutique in 2018 to a fanfare reception, impeccably designed by Charlie's wife, interior designer Sophie Ashby. Head here for the perfect collarless shirt, louche outerwear and made-to-measure contemporary suiting, working from a library of 3000 fabrics and cut with a signature dash of anarchy.
11am-6.30pm (closed Sunday), 3 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London W1U 7PB, casely-hayford.com
Lark & Berry, George Street
Lark & Berry was launched in 2017 by Laura Chavez out of a desire for sustainable diamond jewellery that didn’t cost the earth - metaphorically, and literally. With creative direction from Katie Rowland, the brand creates fashion-forward jewellery using cultured diamonds and stones. As its moniker suggests, there is a playful edge to everything that Lark & Berry does, from glittering ear crawlers to modern midi rings. The boutique also offers ear piercing onsite using 14-karat gold designs.
11am-6pm (closed Saturday and Sunday), 52a George Street, Marylebone, London W1U 7EA, larkandberry.com
VV Rouleaux, Marylebone Lane
Fall under the spell of VV Rouleaux, an inspiring haberdashery haven with ribbon reels and frippery as far as the eye can see. Alongside luxe trimmings, the shop also sells lace, linen, artificial flowers and Christmas decorations.
9.30am-6pm (Sundays 12-4pm), 102 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London W1U 2QD, vvrouleaux.com
Attilus Caviar, York Street
For the finest black pearls in London, head to Attilus Caviar on York Street. The pocket-sized connoisseur specialises in a wide selection of sustainable sturgeon, as well as truffle products and champagne gift sets. What sets Attilus apart from other retailers is that manufactures rather than resells, for a direct farm-to-table model. This means that each product is easily traceable, ensuring premium quality and value. The boutique is managed by a team of experts, offering knowledgeable guidance – and often a glass of champagne too.
12-5.30pm (Sunday 12-2pm), 92 York Street, Marylebone, London W1H 1QX, attilus.co.uk