A guest blog post by Eddie Wailes

Marylebone was the place I fell in love with when I first moved to London, with its village like feel in Central London it offers an array of charm. Last October I opened a creative studio in the area, displaying my passion for collecting & selling vintage clothing & jewellery.

When MONC's founder Freddie started working on the launch of the new Chiltern frame, he asked me to get involved. He wanted to collaborate with the friends, residents and workers within the local community to help underpin what it is that makes this neighbourhood and the frame it inspired so special.

To highlight the community, I’ve put together an area guide giving my personal insight into the places where I’ve formed wonderful relationships.


Ta Turu Store

Ta' Turu Store located on Crawford Street is my local go to creperie and deli, primarily serving (sweet) crêpes and (savoury) galettes, with a Maltese twist. There's always a welcoming personal atmosphere and an inviting greeting from Arthur, the owner. This little piece of France in Marylebone is my new personal favourite edition to the area.

Ta' Turu Store - House of Crepes - 60 Crawford St, London W1H 4JS


Shreeji News

The place in Marylebone to stop by, share a genuine chat and meet new like minded people. If you’re passing by take some time to browse their selection of specialist magazines & publications. The owner Sandeep Garg took over the business in 1982, sharing a passion of magazines. Shreeji offers a point of difference, pioneering in curating.

Since it’s refurbishment 2 years ago, Sheeji takes place as the multifunctional cultural hotspot of Chiltern Street. Overall the space encompasses a shop, salon, reading room, coffee bar, and event area.

Shreeji Newsagents - 6 Chiltern St, London W1U 7PT


Wallace Collection

Wallace is home to a masterpiece collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture, arms and armour and porcelain. Completed by a French brasserie set in the Wallace collection’s glass-roofed garden, filled with natural light. A sense of creativity & freedom fills the room.

I’ve always found it a place of retreat, the perfect place to discover in your own time or in company. Only a step away from Oxford street, in comparison the 17th century townhouse exudes peace and tranquility away from the franticness of central London.

The Wallace Collection - Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN


Chiltern Firehouse

The Chiltern Firehouse, this redbrick Edwardian castle is the oldest Fire station in London. Since being decommissioned, it now houses a world of its own.

London’s most talked about hotel, restaurant, bar & playground radiates a warm tone of peach & orange as soon as you step in. Upon reaching the ladder-shed the room expands outwards, met by hand made wicker chairs, facing an open fire place, giving the feeling of your own extended living room. There is a remarkable sense of family within the team, making you feel at home. With every detail paid attention to, every aspect elegant & considered. You must experience the effortless flow of The Chiltern Firehouse.

Chiltern Firehouse - 1 Chiltern St, London W1U 7PA



Anacapri is one of the longest running restaurants in Marylebone, this rustic Italian captured my heart the first time I visited. The open atmosphere made me feel like I was somewhere in south Italy. Entering the restaurant feels like being greeted by an old friend. Emilio & his team along with the locals are the heart and soul of the place, expect more of a cabaret than a dining experience!

Anacapri - 10 Dorset St, London W1U 6QR


John Simons

This outfitters spans an important history in menswear, with over six decades in the industry, John Simons brings unparalleled knowledge to No.46 Chiltern Street. With their focus on curating a diverse product selection, offering commitment to American classics, French Workwear & Japanese denim, John Simons is my go to destination in Marylebone for my menswear inspiration and style direction.

John Simons - 46 Chiltern St, London W1U 7QR


Granger & Co

A recent addition to the high-street, this new location of Granger & Co offers all day dining with a speciality in coffee and breakfast. Their new Marylebone outpost places emphasis on modernity, whilst combining mid-century Italian design, paying attention to details such as lighting & layout. Making you feel involved with your surroundings.

I recommend if you’re passing by in the day - grabbing a coffee & sitting at the beautifully made marble brass bar, or trying their unique selection of natural wines in the evening!

Granger & Co. Marylebone - 105 Marylebone High St, London W1U 4RS


The Angel in the Fields Pub


Angel In The Fields

Just off Marylebone Lane, Angel In The Fields is one of the areas most beautiful traditional pubs. First recorded in 1720, the striking wood panelling & stained glass windows make for a cozy interior downstairs & upstairs - taking you back in time.

No music, cheap pints, honest service & authentic energy is not to be looked over!

Angel In The Fields37 Thayer St, London W1U 2QY


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