Out & About Around Clarence Gate Gardens

  1. Shopping
  2. Eating out
  3. Drinking
  4. Going out
  5. Sport and recreation
  6. Airports and transport links
  7. Walks

Shopping

Being in Central London, Clarence Gate Gardens is well served by local shops and chain stores.

Groceries

There are almost a dozen supermarkets within a 10-minute walk of CGG, including some amazing local stores.

  • The Fruit Garden is less than a stone’s throw away, on Melcombe Street, and offers an extensive range of fresh fruit, vegetables and many tins and packaged goods. Generally cheaper than supermarkets, and with super service from this family-owned business.  Open 7 days a week and into the evenings.  Best of all, it now has a Post Office counter!
  • Tesco – the store on Melcombe Street is temptingly close, and offers a limited range of the usual supermarket products. Can be expensive, and the service leaves a lot to be desired, but it is very convenient, and open 7 days a week.There are at least three other Tesco stores within a 10-minute walk – on Baker Street (similar size/range/service); on Lisson Grove (slightly larger); and on George Street (much larger).
  • Sainsbury’s – there is a small Sainsbury’s store on Baker Street – about 5 minutes walk away. Similar in size/range/price/service to Tesco.
  • Co-Op – there are a couple of stores nearby - a good sized store on Park Road – at the top end of Baker Street (walk up Glentworth Street towards Ivor Place, turn right, look left, and it is in front of you) – less than 5 minutes walk away. Carries most things you may need, and the service from staff is very good.  There is also a similar sized store halfway down Baker Street (which used to be Waitrose).
  • M&S – there is a very small outlet at Baker Street Underground Station, that offers a very limited range. Much larger is the store at Marylebone Station; larger still is the store on Edgware Road (15 minutes walk); or you have the flagship Marble Arch store where Baker Street meets Oxford Street – also about 15 minutes walk away – which has everything.  M&S offers better quality food, much better service, but at a small price premium
  • Waitrose – there are two Waitrose stores within 15 minutes walk, both large stores - on Marylebone High Street and Edgware Road.  Waitrose is at the top end of the supermarket range in the UK, where the quality is high and the service excellent.

Household Goods

Most supermarkets supply most items you may need such as cleaning items, lightbulbs and batteries.  However, we also have two local stores that will have all of this and much more (paint, tools, pots and pans, and electrical equipment):

  • The Tool Shop – on Melcombe Street – a very extensive range of household goods, and where Amir and his team are guaranteed to give you great advice and amazing service
  • Robert Dyas – 5 minute walk on the right-hand side of Baker Street. A good range of goods, if the quality can be disappointing

Household Services

We are blessed with a multitude of Dry Cleaners locally - many who collect and deliver.  Some of those closest to us include:

  • London Laundry and Dry Cleaning, 33 Melcombe Street, London NW1 6AG, which is 130 yards away - a 2 minute walk.  They are nice people and offer a great service.  Open weekdays from 7:30am to 7pm, Saturdays 9am to 5pm and Sundays 11am-4pm.
  • American Dry Cleaning Company, 201 Baker Street, London NW1 6UY, which is 180 yards away - a 3 minute walk.  Part of a chain, but good nonetheless.  Open 7:30am-7pm weekdays; 9am-6pm Saturdays and 11am-5pm on Sundays

Shoe repairers can be harder to locate, but highly recommended nearby are:

  • Quality Shoe Care, 33 Paddington Street, London W1U 4HF, which is 0.3 miles away - a 7 minute walk.  Open weekdays from 8:30am to 6pm and 9am to 2pm on a Saturday.  Do all types of shoe repair and key cutting, but be aware that they only take cash - no credit or debit card payments.

Chemists

We have two chemists within a few hundred yards of Clarence Gate Gardens (and several more slightly beyond that):

  • Berkeley Court Pharmacy is the closest – just across the road on Melcombe Street. Much bigger that it seems from outside, and offers full pharmacy services and much more.  Well worth a look.
  • Boots – the largest chemist in the UK, with a reasonably sized store at the top end of Baker Street, just before you enter the Underground Station. Offers full pharmacy services, plus the usual everyday toiletries you may need.  There is a much large Boots store on Oxford Street (near Bond Street station) – a 20-minute walk away, with an Opticians and other services.

Post Office

We are well served with a wonderful new independent Post Office a matter of yards from Clarence Gate Gardens - in the Fruit Garden on Melcombe Street, which is open the same hours as the shop - 8am-8:30pm - seven days a week.

We also have a Crown Post Office 5 minutes walk away on the right-hand side of Baker Street.  Like many Post Offices, this is well used, and hence tends to be busy – especially around lunchtime.  But it also offers competitive foreign currency, and all the usual postal services.

Finally, there is another independent Post Office 15 minutes away at the bottom end of Marylebone High Street (on Thayer Street); and competitor postal operators at Ryman’s (5 minutes away on Baker Street – via DHL) and at Mail Box Etc. (UPS – on Crawford Street – 10 minutes walk).

Flowers

Many supermarkets sell cut flowers.  You may also find a flower seller from a cart on the corner of Melcombe Street/Baker Street; and also 5 minutes away on the corner of Baker Street/York Street, but these both tend to be expensive.

A better option, with great range, service and prices is at the Flower Station – a 10-minute walk north, at Rossmore Court, Park Road

Clothes

We are well served with every form of clothes store possible – independent, chain, and department store.  There are too many to name here, but would suggest:

  • Marylebone High Street – 15 minutes walk, and some excellent boutiques and small chain stores
  • Oxford Street – 15 minutes walk, and all of the main stores are here, including John Lewis, Selfridges, M&S, Debenhams, House of Fraser and many more.
  • Camden – perhaps more grungy, but you are sure to find some individual (and very cost effective) outfits in Camden. About a 30-minute walk, get a 27 or 274 bus, or a tube from Baker Street underground.  Did you know that a group of influencers, collated by Hilton Hotel & Resorts, recently made Camden Market one of the Seven Urban Wonders of the World, alongside Abu Dhabi’s Louvre, the Sydney Opera House, Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market, The Bund in Shanghai, Hong Kong’s Temple Street Night Market and the Albertina museum in Vienna.  So if you have not been in a while, wander along this weekend - walk to the end of our street, up Park Road and turn right along the canal towpath...

Eating out

You will never go hungry in and around Clarence Gate Gardens!  With so much choice, it is very hard to choose, but here is a small handful of some of the many options:

  • Cinnamon Spice, 12-14 Glentworth Street, London NW1 5PG
    • INDIAN - 40 yards - 1 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥♥
    • One of two restaurants in our own street - both of which are excellent - with Cinnamon Spice probably the best Indian Restaurant in our part of town.  Managed by Mohammed, the service is always quick, polite and helpful.  The food is even better, with a wide range of traditional - and a few unique - dishes.  If you cannot manage the 40 yard walk, they also do takeaway!
  • Phoenix Palace,  5 Glentworth Street, London NW1 5PG
    • CHINESE - 40 yards - 1 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥♥
    • The other restaurant in our street, and just as special!  Offering over 300 dishes from 8 different menus, with Dim Sum served until 4.45pm each day.  Not cheap, but attracts many a celebrity because of the quality of the food - take a look at the photo wall as you walk in!  Large fish tanks (to observe, not to eat!), and also offers a full takeaway menu
  • The Potting Shed, Dorset Square Hotel, 39-40 Dorset Square, London NW1 6QN
    • BRITISH - 190 yards - 3 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥♥
    • The Potting Shed is open all day for breakfast, brunch, lunch, Afternoon Tea, drinks and dinner.  It is situated n the basement of the Dorset Square Hotel, and offers really interesting - if a tad expensive - high quality fayre.  With full a la carte, and a Chef's Table, not to mention weekend brunch and sharing plates as bar food, this is a great place for a "posh meal".  Service is attentive, and serves well as a romantic venue as much as a business meal.  Also a nice place to just have a bottle of wine - or a cocktail - and pass away the evening
  • Winter Garden Restaurant, Landmark Hotel, 222 Marylebone Road, London NW1 6JQ
    • EUROPEAN - 0.2 miles - 5 minute walk - ♥♥
    • The Landmark Hotel is an impressive 5-star hotel, within visual distance of Clarence Gate Gardens.  But that is where it ends - it is luxury, but it just lacks atmosphere, and anything to live up to its once impressive billing.  Whilst you will have a lovely occasion, there are much better (and less expensive) places to dine
  • Briciole20 Homer Street, London W1H 4NA
    • ITALIAN - 0.4 miles - 11 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥♥
    • Bricole is a great find.  A traditional Italian trattoria with a deli and café bar at the front, restaurant at the rear and an outside area for al fresco dining in warmer weather.  A large menu of tapas-type dishes, plus many specials and a few mains, with a Tiramisu to die for!  Coupled with an extensive wine list.  Lovely staff, and a perfect venue for lunch and dinner - on your own, as a couple, or for larger groups
  • L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele, 199 Baker Street, London NW1 6UY
    • ITALIAN - 150 yards - 2 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥
    • A relatively new addition to the Marylebone food scene, but a very good one - as demonstrated by the very busy eating area, and occasional queues to get in.  A traditional pizzeria, with good starters and desserts too.  Claims to offer the best pizzas in London, and whilst we have more to check in order to verify the claim, this is right up there!
  • Burgista, 195 Baker Street, London NW1 6UY
    • BURGERS - 150 yards - 2 minute walk - ♥♥♥
    • Another relatively recent addition to the Marylebone scene, this small chain restaurant offers good quality burgers and hot dogs, in a faux-rustic environment.  Worth trying if in a hurry and looking for something wholesome
  • Monkey and Me, 114-115 Crawford Street, London W1H 2JG
    • THAI - 0.3 miles - 8 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥
    • This small restaurant gets top marks for the quality of food, but can be let down sometimes by the abrupt service.  Usually bookings only (partly to avoid the "have you booked?" cry when you try and walk in)... but if you do book, and do get a table, the food is simply exquisite and well worth overcoming this - probable culture - barrier.  The choice of two shared starter plates are fantastic, and this is then backed up by your usual - and a few less predictable - main courses.  Wine list is good.  Not cheap, but you won't be disappointed - on the food front at least!
  • Two Point, 26 Crawford Street, London W1H 1LL
    • THAI - 0.4 miles - 9 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥
    • This equally good Thai restaurant is diagonally opposite Monkey & Me, and a very acceptable alternative should you be unable to get into the former.  It is "less posh", but the service is much more accommodating, and the food just as tasty, and slightly less expensive.  But it misses the wow factor of the former.
  • Yosma, 50 Baker Street, London W1U 7BT
    • TURKISH - 0.4 miles - 10 minute walk - ♥♥♥
    • This is a large, and relatively recent arrival in Baker Street.  Serves some really interesting modern Turkish dishes, and has to be visited - at least once.  Whilst the food is great, it is quite a big space, and can feel slightly impersonal, noisy, and the chairs are not the most comfortable in the world.
  • The Orrery, 55 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 5RB
    • FRENCH FINE DINING - 0.5 miles - 12 minute walk - ♥♥♥
    • The Orrery has been an icon in Marylebone for many, many years.  Located on the first floor above the Conran Shop at the top of Marylebone High Street, this is Fine Dining of the highest order.  And if that is what you want, you need look no further.  But, this is also its short-coming.  It can feel very pretentious, and a place where the food does the talking, so you can't.  It is not cosy, and tends to attract the business diner rather than the local community couple.
  • Fischers, 50 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 5HN
    • AUSTRIAN - 0.5 miles - 13 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥
    • This is not something you would expect in Marylebone, but it has been here a few years now, and is as popular as ever. This is a really fun, vibrant restaurant with traditional wholesome food - from Schnitzel to Goulash to Bratwurst.  Equally good for a romantic tete-a-tete, as a boisterous night out with friends, to a business meeting.
  • Fishworks, 89 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW
    • FISH - 0.5 miles - 13 minute walk - ♥♥♥
    • The clue is in the title - this place does fish - and very well - with a Fishmongers at the front of house downstairs, and a vert functional restaurant behind.  The food is great, but does lack a bit of atmosphere, and is perhaps not as special as some of the excellent alternatives around.  But if you like fish, you won't be disappointed
  • 31 Below, 31 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 4PP
    • TAPAS/COCKTAIL BAR - 0.5 miles - 13 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥♥
    • This is a new addition to the Marylebone scene, and is already making a name for itself.  Open all day from breakfast, through lunch and into the late evening, this is a super place to catch up with friends or pose with the people of today.  Relatively small upstairs (though it goes back quite a way), but with a much larger basement bar.  Does some amazing small tapas plates, but also great burgers and brunch options.  The Anchovy Toast is to die for, as are the Negroni No.31 cocktails.
  • Opso, 10 Paddington Street, London W1U 5QL
    • GREEK - 0.4 miles - 11 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥
    • This have become a very popular hangout - from Brunch to Dinner - and all things in between.  Casual dining at its best, with plenty of interesting small dish choices, along with some very good Greek wine, and a strong range of different gins.  Upstairs is cafe shared seating, whilst downstairs is a little more salubrious.  A fun place with good food and drink - but maybe not somewhere to bring your aged relatives.
  • Ristorante Anacapri, 10 Dorset Street, London W1U 6QR
    • ITALIAN - 0.4 miles - 9 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥
    • This is an authentic Italian restaurant, that is highly recommended if you want good wholesome food, nothing too pretentious, with all the favourites you would expect on any traditional Italian menu (pasta, pizza, liver, salads).  The staff are proper Italians, and the food is simple and served with speed, without any loss of quality.  The dishes just come and come - with complimentary bread sticks, big chunks of fresh butter, warm tasty garlic bread, crudités with dressing and olives - before you have even decided what to order.  If you can get to the end without bursting, the desserts are just like momma used to make - with each dish brought out from the kitchen for you to pick from face-to-face.
  • Fucina, 26 Paddington Street, London W1U 5QY
    • ITALIAN - 0.3 miles - 8 minute walk - ♥♥
    • This is a modern Italian restaurant, a stone's throw from the celebrity spot, Chiltern Firehouse, and hence feels it has to compete.  It is stupidly expensive, and whilst the food is good, it is hard to justify.  It also lacks atmosphere and is somewhat pretentious.  You can get better value for money within a couple of minute's walk in any direction
  • Casa Becci, 32 Paddington Street, London W1U 4HE
    • ITALIAN - 0.3 miles - 8 minute walk - ♥♥♥
    • This small - very authentic - Italian restaurant has been a mainstay in Marylebone for over 30 years.  It would not have been so successful if it didn't get it right... and it does.  The biggest downside is that because it is small - and popular - it can get very busy... but book ahead and try it for yourself
  • Chiltern Firehouse, 1 Chiltern Street, London W1U 7PA
    • AMERICAN - 0.4 miles - 11 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥♥
    • This former fire station has been one of the biggest celebrity hotspots in London for the past 5 years, and it remains as popular as ever.  It is now a up-market New York-style brasserie with high ceilings, trendy light fittings, huge mirrors and a vibrant open kitchen.  Guests are greeted by attractive top-hatted doormen and escorted through a pretty garden courtyard to their tables.  Dishes include chargrilled iberico pork, blackened salmon with sea kale, trout roe and crab-stuffed doughnuts and the Firehouse Caesar- a reinvention of the classic salad with chunks of crispy chicken skin.  As you expect, service is excellent, and whilst expensive, a typical three-course meal is less than £50, with most mains around the £25 mark.  Booking essential.
  • Le Vieux Comptoir, 26/28 Moxon Street, London W1U 4EU
    • FRENCH - 0.5 miles - 12 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥♥
    • What an amazing find - a fabulous regional French bistro in a cellar in Marylebone!  On a quiet, residential street (but within sight of Marylebone High Street), this is a street-level wine shop, but the find is in the cellar - serving French classics in a very French style, all home-made by their French Chef, using charcuteries from master artisans from Lyon, Savoie, Pays Basque & Alsace, along with carefully selected cheeses & other dairy products.  Divided into a series of rooms, it is an oasis of smells, tastes and textures.  Best of all, you can choose a bottle from one of the wine racks, which they will open and serve (for a very small corkage).  Great fun for all occasions - romance, out with friends, or impressing a businessperson.
  • Ishtar, 10-12 Crawford Street, London W1U 6AZ
    • TURKISH - 0.3 miles - 8 minute walk - ♥♥♥
    • this is a lively Turkish restaurant that has been in Marylebone for many a year, serving great mezze and even better charcoal-grilled skewers, with a range of modern and traditional Turkish dishes, with live music and belly dancing at weekends.  Great for groups, but make sure you are very hungry on arrival to do the sumptuous dishes justice!
  • Kibele, 175-177 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PJ
    • TURKISH - 0.8 miles - 20 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥
    • more recent addition sister to Ishtar, albeit slightly further away... but well worth the walk.  Smaller than its sister, and more modern.  Great in the summer, when they open up a whole wall to the elements, and whilst the view isn't much (Great Portland Street), it adds to the ambience and brings in a refreshing breeze.  The food is great - modern and traditional Turkish food, with a good choice of freshly prepared seasonal food, a selection of mezze and marinated meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes.  Most tables are in booths, which are great for small groups.
  • Providores, 109 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4RX
    • BRUNCH/FINE DINING - 0.6 miles - 14 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥ (downstairs)/♥♥♥ (upstairs)
    • Another long-standing establishment on Marylebone High Street, going back almost 20 years.  In fact it is two different restaurants - "The Tapa Room" is on the ground floor - an all day café serving coffees, cocktails, breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.  On the first floor is the main "Providores" restaurant - a more refined dining room serving lunch, weekend brunches and dinner.
    • The restaurant has the most extensive range of New Zealand vineyards of any restaurant in Europe
    • There is quite a different ambience between the two floors - downstairs is fun and buzzy, and you will be hard pressed to find a better place to get the Sunday papers, a coffee and a healthy salad (or more guilty fry-up).  Upstairs is starched table-cloths, fine dining and exquisite wine... but it does lack atmosphere as a result.
  • Mumtaz, 4-10 Park Road, London NW1 4SH
    • INDIAN - 0.2 miles - 5 minute walk - ♥♥
    • This Indian restaurant has been at the top end of Glentworth Street for over 30 years, and the aromas that it emits as you walk past are amazing.  If it was on smell alone, this would be a top destination
    • That said, my half dozen or so visits have always disappointed.  The lighting is too bright, there is rarely much of an atmosphere, service is competent but not amazing, and the food is similar - pleasant, but not as memorable as one would hope from such high expectations.
  • Nambu-Tei, Berkeley Arcade, 209A Baker Street, London NW1 6AB
    • JAPANESE - 180 yards - 3 minute walk - ♥♥
    • This is a family-run Japanese restaurant serving Japanese dishes, sushi, with bento lunch boxes to take away.  Tucked away in the arcade off Melcombe Street (to the left of the Berkeley Pharmacy).  It gets good reviews, but I felt the service was impersonal and whilst the food good, it was not cheap.  But prove me wrong and try it for yourself!
  • Garden Cafe, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, London NW1 4NU
    • PIZZA/CAFE - 0.6 miles - 13 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥
    • This is an amazing find!  Open from 8am, seven days a week for breakfast, salads, sandwiches and an incredible wood-fired oven for pizzas that can also be taken away.  They have a barbecue in the summer on the outside terrace, and it can be booked for parties/events.  The food is interesting and tasty, service is good, and there is plenty of seating inside and out.  Full alcohol license, and just as good for a cup of tea and a cake, as for a tasty salad or lovely pizza.
  • The Larrik, 32 Crawford Place, London W1H 5NN
    • GASTROPUB - 0.6 miles - 14 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥
    • This is possibly the best pub for food in the neighbourhood.  Really interesting dishes - from tapas to traditional pub dishes like fish and chips, with regular blackboard specials.  Plenty of tables and a nice back room area.  Can get quite busy (and noisy) with younger office workers, but all adds to the atmosphere.
  • Sports Bar & Grill, Marylebone Station, Melcombe Place London NW1 6JJ
    • AMERICAN - 0.2 miles - 6 minute walk - ♥♥♥
    • Whilst part of Marylebone Station, this actually has an excellent food menu of burgers, hot dogs, ribs and much more.  Can be busy, but fast serving.  Big and lots of places to sit
  • Lord Wargrave, 40-42 Brendon Street, London W1H 5HE
    • GASTROPUB/RIBS - 0.6 miles - 15 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥
    • This is a fantastic Victorian-style pub with L-shaped bar with some of the best ribs in town - smoked on the premises - and an amazing malt whisky list of over 230 different whiskies!  Not cheap, but fantastic quality.  Can get busy, so best to book a table
  • Original Lahore, 2-4 Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH
    • INDIAN - 0.6 miles - 14 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥
    • This is a hidden gem... despite the owners having been serving top quality Punjabi food in London for 25 years!  Doesn't look much from outside, but half the clientele will be City Gents, and the other half locals!  You will be confronted with some dishes you won't recognise, so worth experimenting, but the lamb chops would be top choices in any restaurant.  No liquor license, but there is a good Off Licence across the road.  If you don't want to have to queue, you will need to book, although table turnover is quite fast
  • Allsop Arms, 137-143, Gloucester Place, London NW1 5AL
    • PUB FOOD - 160 yards - 3 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥
    • Despite being a traditional pub, that doesn't look much from the outside, this is a great local spot, that serves up some good British pub fayre, with some very interesting dishes - as an example their "Big Fish & Chips" includes whitebait, peas, pickled onion, tartare sauce, bread and butter, triple-cooked chips, alongside the expected Greene King IPA beer-battered slab of cod!  Also has some really good sharing plates, if you can't decide what to have!
  • Yo Sushi, 194 Baker Street, London NW1 5RT
    • JAPANESE - 170 yards - 3 minute walk - ♥♥♥
  • PizzaHut, 187 Baker Street, London NW1 6UY
    • PIZZA - 180 yards - 3 minute walk - ♥♥
  • PizzaExpres, 133 Baker Street, London W1U 6SF
    • PIZZA - 280 yards - 4 minute walk - ♥♥♥
  • Zizzi
  • Bella Italia
  • Bills
  • Wok to Walk
  • Holmes Fish & Chips
  • Seashell

Most of the pubs, wine bars and cafe's below also offer food, and only a couple - which are especially worthy of stating twice - appear in both lists!  So if you are looking for somewhere to grab dinner, do also look at the list below.

Drinking

We are blessed with many pubs, bars and coffee shops - all within easy walking distance of Clarence Gate Gardens.  A small selection (with an impartial view on their respective merits!) include:

  • The Volunteer, 245-247 Baker Street, London NW1 6XE
    • 240 yards - 3 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥
    • Traditional pub on our doorstep.  Can get busy and noisy - especially with London Business School students.  Offers some excellent pub food.  Good range of beers, lagers, ciders and wine.  Small outside area, but on noisy Baker Street
  • The Allsop Arms, 137-143 Gloucester Place, London NW1 5AL
    • 190 yards - 3 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥
    • Doesn't look much from the outside, but bar staff deliver good service, has decent range of beer, lager, cider and wine and some very good value pub grub.  A bit touristy outside, but has pleasant seating inside, and definitely worth a visit
  • The Globe, 43-47 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JY
    • 260 yards - 5 minute walk - ♥♥
    • Possibly the most famous pub in Marylebone, because of its location outside Baker Street tube.  As a result can get very busy, but lacks the charm it once had.  Large outside area at the front, but on the noisy Marylebone Road.  Can get over-run when there is a large sporting event at Wembley.  Offers pub grub food, but there are better options elsewhere
  • The Metropolitan Bar, 7 Station Approach, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LA
    • 260 yards - 5 minute walk - ♥
    • A typical Wetherspoon pub, above Baker Street underground station - large, cheap and very busy.  If you like Wetherspoons, then you will like this... but it is impersonal, and lacks any real character, with service that is more practical than anything special.  Wide ranging menu at reasonable prices, and the cheapest drinks in Marylebone!
  • The Beehive, 126 Crawford Street, London W1U 6BF
    • 0.3 miles - 8 minute walk - ♥♥♥
    • A traditional London pub, established in 1884, with an eclectic selection of beer, lager and cider, with some premium wine that you would not expect in a pub like this.  Recently renovated following a fire in the rooms above, it remains lots of the charm and character of old.  Offers a decent menu.  A small raised outside area, with a couple of tables/benches, looking out onto the quieter Crawford Street.
  • Barley Mow, 8 Dorset Street, London W1U 6QW
    • 0.3 miles - 9 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥♥
    • This is claimed to be the oldest pub in Marylebone (established in 1790 as a meeting place for farmers on their way to market), and is probably the best.  Steeped in history, famous for the two private 'booths' located directly at the bar - so get there early if you want to grab one!  Small, but with a back room.  Serves good beer, lager and cider, with very good service.  Can get busy with the after work office workers, who tend to congregate outside, but well worth checking out.
  • Sir John Balcombe, 21 Balcombe Street, London NW1 6HE
    • 0.2 miles - 6 minute walk - ♥♥
    • A pub that has changed its name many times.  Slightly tucked away, across Dorset Square.  Can be busy after work, with local office workers who tend to spill out outside, but at other times can be empty and lack atmosphere.  Fairly large bar, although service can be challenging at times.  Does basic pub food
  • Sports Bar & Grill, Marylebone Station, Melcombe Place London NW1 6JJ
    • 0.2 miles - 6 minute walk - ♥♥♥
    • Whilst part of Marylebone Station, this is actually not a bad boozer, with an excellent food menu of burgers, hot dogs, ribs and much more.  Can be busy, but fast serving.  Big and lots of places to stand/sit
  • The Globe, Marylebone, 47 Lisson Grove, London NW1 6UB
    • 0.4 miles - 9 minute walk - ♥♥♥
    • Not to be confused with the much larger pub at Baker Street station, this much smaller establishment is the other side of Marylebone Station, on Lisson Grove (opposite the Fish & Chip shop!).  Another pub that has gone through a name change and renaissance following a recent refurbishment, but dating back 170 years.  Offers a variety of cask beers and lagers, and an interesting menu based on Peruvian street food.  Very small and can get busy after work
  • The Royal Oak, 74-76 York Street, London W1H 1QN
    • 0.4 miles - 10 minute walk - ♥♥♥♥
    • Yet another pub that has changed its name and had a refurb!  Now a traditional pub, with tab bar and tables, a good choice of beers, ciders and lagers, and a really interesting menu.  Again, busy after work with office workers, but well worth a visit
  • The Perseverance, 11, Shroton Street, London NW1 6UG
  • The Thornbury Castle, Enford Street, 29A Enford Street, London, W1H 1DN

And let's not forget places to go for coffee (or tea!).  Again, we have many in the neighbourhood:

  • At either end of Melcombe Street we have branches of Pret a Manger and Costa Coffee - both of which offer a good selection of hot and cold drinks, snacks and savoury dishes, and plenty of seating.  Pret also have a smaller outlet at Baker Street Station, but this has (very) few seats.
  • Maybe a better option is to try one of the independent coffee shops, which are just as close, and in many cases much better.  La Gauloise is a fabulous alternative - also on Melcombe Street - so a stone's throw from Clarence Gate Gardens.  Owned by the friendly Tahar, the service is wonderful... and the cakes are to die for!  They also do good savoury dishes (and ice cream in the summer).  It even gets five stars on TripAdvisor!  A newer option is Saint Expresso at 214 Baker Street (100 yards/2 minute walk away).  This claims to have excellent coffee, delicious cakes and signature toasties.

Going out

Whether you are exploring London for the first time, looking for ideas to entertain visitors, or simply relaxing, Clarence Gate Gardens is at the centre of much of the culture and heritage of the capital.

  • London Zoo is the world's oldest scientific zoo, and is home to over 17,000 animals from over 750 species. It is a fantastic day out, no matter your age, and is less than 30 minutes’ walk from Clarence Gate Gardens (or catch the 274 bus from Dorset Square).  Allow at least half a day, and make sure you see the tigers, gorillas and new lion enclosure.  Not cheap, but worth going.
  • Madame Tussauds – one of London's favourite tourist attractions, and you can be sure there will be lots there! Very expensive, and with long queues at many times, this is best done only once.  That said, it is an incredible spectacle, just on our doorstep (5 minutes walk), and on a rainy day is well worth checking out.
  • Sherlock Holmes Museum – if Marylebone is famous for Madame Tussauds, it is perhaps even more well known for the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, and this privately run museum is a stone’s through from Clarence Gate Gardens! Again, can be incredibly busy, with long queues of foreign tourists, and something you will only do once, but once you must do.
  • Lords Cricket Ground – founded in 1787, Marylebone Cricket Club is the most active and famous cricket club in the world, and is a 20-minute walk from Clarence Gate Gardens. Tours of Lord's give visitors the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the “Home of Cricket”, and run seven days a week, throughout the year, with the exception of match days, large event days and over Christmas.
  • The Wallace Collection – a national museum in an historic London town house in Manchester Square – about 20 minute walk from Clarence Gate Gardens. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.
  • Cinema – we have an excellent Everyman Cinema, a 10-minute walk away. A modern cinema with excellent food, drink and super comfortable seating.  Not cheap, but where is these days?  15 minutes away (by bus) is the Odeon Cinema at Swiss Cottage (13/113 bus from Dorset Square), with 5 screens, including iMax, RealD and 3-D.
  • Theatre – London is famous for its theatres, and we are well served for getting to the West End (15 minutes tube from Baker Street to Piccadilly Circus on the Bakerloo line). Every form of play can be seen here, plus of course the Comedy Store in Leicester Square.

We also have one of the best theatres on our very doorstep – the Regents Park Open Air Theatre – which is a 10-15 minute walk away.  Established in 1932, this is one of the largest theatres in London (1,200 capacity), and is the oldest professional permanent outdoor theatre in Britain – situated in the beautiful surroundings of a Royal Park, with both its stage and auditorium entirely uncovered.  Open from mid-May to mid-September each year, the theatre usually puts on four different performances each year, plus one-off events and cinema screenings.  Highly recommended for everyone.

The 2019 Season has been announced (more details here):

  • 16 May-8 Jun 2019 – the American classic "Our Town"
  • 14 Jun-22 Jun 2019 – Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera, "Hansel and Gretel", co-produced with English National Opera
  • 28 Jun-27 Jul 2019 – "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" – returning for the first time in seven years
  • 2 Aug-21 Sep 2019 – the iconic musical "Evita"

Slightly further away (30-minute walk/15-minute bus) we have Hampstead Theatre at Swiss Cottage, which specialises in commissioning and producing new writing, supporting and developing the work of new writers.

A similar length journey (albeit towards Euston) is the New Diorama Theatre – an eighty-seat theatre; and the 446-seat Shaw Theatre which hosts a wide range of drama, dance, musical theatre and concerts.

  • Music venues – if music is your thing, we are also well placed for every form of music you can imagine.

10 minutes walk away is The Royal College of Music – one of the world's greatest conservatoires, that regularly hosts concerts for the general public.

15 minutes walk away is Wigmore Hall on Wigmore Street – an intimate Victorian concert venue for chamber music recitals and lunchtime concerts.

If more modern music is what you after, then head to Camden (20 minutes on the tube or 27 or 274 bus).  Here you have the world famous Dublin Castle (that helped put bands such as Madness and Amy Winehouse on the map, and now features 4 live bands every night of the week for about £7); the Roundhouse (originally built in 1847, but hosting some of the hottest acts since 1964 – from The Rolling Stones to David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix to Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin to The Ramones, The Clash to Motörhead).

Camden caters for all musical types, so be sure to also check out the Jazz Café and The Blues Kitchen.

Or head to Oxford Street and check out the iconic 100 Club – 25 minute walk/10 minutes on the tube.  The 100 Club has put on live music since 1942 from the blues of Muddy Waters and BB King; mod stylings of The Who and The Kinks in the 60s; the birth of punk with the Sex Pistols, The Clash and Siouxsie & The Banshees plus regular reggae sessions from Eddie Grant and The Mighty Diamonds in the 70s; the first ever Northern Soul All Nighter in the 80s; the indie explosion with early shows from Oasis and Suede in the 90s as well as key shows for artists such as The Horrors, Gallows and Kings Of Leon in the 00s.

And the largest music venue in London – the O2 Arena on the Greenwich Peninsula – is less than 30 minutes on the Jubilee Line from Baker Street Underground Station.

Sport and recreation

Clarence Gate Gardens is centrally located for getting some exercise.  Regent’s Park is a great place to go for a gentle jog, but if you fancy something more organised…

  • Gyms – the closest gym is PureGym on Balcombe Street – a 3-minute walk away. This is a modern gym, with all the latest equipment and plenty of classes – Yoga, Pilates, Spinning etc.  We also have Fitness First on Baker Street – about a 10-minute walk.  Equally good, if less convenient.
  • TennisRegents Park has 12 public hard tennis courts (4 floodlit), a sports shop, changing rooms and a café. It is about 10 minutes walk away.  Non-members can play, although Members get the opportunity to book further ahead and get the widest choice of courts.  About £12-14 an hour per court for non-members.
  • Golf – even though we are in Central London, you do not need to put your golf clubs in store. The most convenient Driving Range is probably at Greenwich Peninsula – less than 30 minutes on the Jubilee Line from Baker Street Underground Station to North Greenwich (and the driving range is directly opposite).  They also offer lessons.Accessible courses include Denham Golf Club (a 30 minute train ride from Marylebone Station) and North Middlesex (60 minute tube ride from Baker Street to Totteridge and Whetstone, via Kings Cross).

Train stations, airports and transport links

Clarence Gate Gardens is incredibly well positioned for exploring the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

  • Baker Street Underground Station – 3 minute walk away, and with the Circle, Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan, Bakerloo and Jubilee lines all intersecting here, you are quickly on your way to wherever you need to go
  • Marylebone Railway Station – 5 minutes walk away, and this mainline train station can get you to High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Bicester, Banbury, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Solihull, Birmingham, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Paddington Railway Station – a 20-minute walk, or 15 minutes on the tube or a bus. Paddington serves the west of the country – Wales, Cornwall/Devon, Bristol, Slough, Swindon and – of course – Heathrow Airport.
  • Euston/St Pancras/Kings Cross Railway Stations – easily accessed via the 30/205 buses or via the tube, within 30 minutes you can be at each station and their links to Scotland, the north, Midlands and – of course – the Eurostar, to mainline Europe.
  • Heathrow Airport – 20 minutes to Paddington, then the Heathrow Express train will get you to the UK’s main airport 15-20 minutes later.
  • Luton/Stansted Airports – the best way to get to these two main airports is via a National Express coach from Gloucester Place (outside the Allsop Arms pub – 5 minutes walk), and 90 minutes later you will checking in for your flight.
  • Gatwick Airport – best accessed via a Bakerloo tube from Baker Street to Oxford Circus; Victoria tube to Victoria train station; then the Gatwick Express train to Gatwick. Easily done within an hour.

Walks

Clarence Gate Gardens is superbly situated for exploring London by foot.  Some interesting walks include:

  • Regent’s Park - 30 mins-1 hour
  1. Walk up Glentworth Street towards Ivor Place. Cross Park Road, turn right, follow the road to the end, then cross the top of Baker Street to the Outer Circle.  Cross at the Pedestrian Crossing and enter Regent Park at Clarence Gate.
  2. As you enter the park, you will see a map. From here you can choose the route you want to take – perhaps turn left, along the side of the lake, across the bridge, walk across the playing fields towards London Zoo, then follow the park round to the right, back via the Rose Garden, cross the Inner Circle road, and back past the Band Stand, cross the bridge and you are back where you started.  This should take about an hour.
  3. Or you can turn right, follow the lake, cross the Inner Circle road, and keep following the path in an anti-clockwise direction towards Camden, Primrose Hill, past London Zoo, and back across the playing fields, cross the blue bridge and back along the lake to where you started. Again this should take about an hour.
  4. There are plenty of cafes and food outlets in the park serving a range of refreshments.

 

  • Regent’s Canal to Camden - Allow 2 hours
  1. Walk up Glentworth Street towards Ivor Place. Join Park Road and keep walking (keeping left) towards (and past) the London Mosque.  After about 10 minutes you will come to a bridge marking an earlier site of Lords Cricket Ground, and steps down to the canal.
  2. Go down those steps and turn left, taking you back under the bridge you have just crossed. Follow this tow path for a couple of miles, past London Zoo and some fine houses, until you get to Camden.
  3. Suggest you mooch around Camden before retracing your steps back home. It will take you about an hour to get to Camden, so an hour back.
  4. There are plenty of bars and cafes in Camden.

 

  • Regent’s Canal to Maida Vale - Allow 2-3 hours
  1. Walk up Glentworth Street towards Ivor Place. Join Park Road and keep walking (keeping left) towards (and past) the London Mosque.  After about 10 minutes you will come to a bridge marking an earlier site of Lords Cricket Ground, and steps down to the canal.
  2. Go down those steps and turn right, taking you away from the bridge you have just crossed. Follow this tow path for a couple of miles, past moored canal barges towards Little Venice and Maida Vale.
  3. Suggest you walk as far as you want, before retracing your steps back home (you could go on for hours!)
  4. There are plenty of bars and pubs along the way.

 

  • Primrose Hill and Hampstead Heath - Allow 3 hours
  1. Walk up Glentworth Street towards Ivor Place. Cross Park Road, turn right, follow the road to the end, then cross the top of Baker Street to the Outer Circle.  Cross at the Pedestrian Crossing and enter Regent Park at Clarence Gate.
  2. Turn left, along the side of the lake, across the bridge, walk across the playing fields towards London Zoo. Exit the park and cross the Outer Circle, enter another grassed area, cross the canal, across another road, walking diagonally right and enter Primrose Hill.
  3. Walk up Primrose Hill, admire the views over London, than down the other side (albeit keeping right), and leave the park. Walk along Primrose Hill Road (cross Adelaide Road) and turn right at the Washington Pub along England’s Lane to Haverstock Hill.
  4. Turn left up Haverstock Hill, turning left onto Upper Park Road. Follow this road, turning left onto Fleet Road.  Follow this to Hampstead Heath Railway Station, and enter Hampstead Heath.
  5. You are now free to explore the wilderness that makes up Hampstead Heath. Try not to get lost, but explore for as long as you wish.
  6. The quickest way home is the way you came, but you may want to vary it slightly. Just keep heading south until you recognise landmarks you know.
  7. There are a multitude of pubs and cafes on your way to/from Hampstead, although not much on the Heath itself.

 

  • Kensington Gardens - Allow 2 hours
  1. Walk down Glentworth Street towards Melcombe Street. Turn right through Dorset Square and past Marylebone Station.  Turn right up Lisson Grove, then first left onto Bell Street.  Turn left down Cosway Street and cross the Marylebone Road.
  2. Follow Old Marylebone Road and continue onto Sussex Gardens. Turn right onto Lancaster Terrace and cross the busy Bayswater Road, passing Lancaster Gate tube station behind you.
  3. Enter Kensington Gardens and admire the Italian Water Gardens. Keep to the right of the Serpentine Lake, and make your way west towards Kensington Palace (home to Prince William!).
  4. This will have taken you about an hour. Spend as much time as you like at the Palace (there are usually exhibitions to pay to see), and in the park itself, before retracing your way home.
  5. There are numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants along the length of this walk, as well as a very good café at the Orangery at Kensington Palace.

 

  • Westminster via Mayfair - Allow 2 hours
  1. Walk down Glentworth Street towards Melcombe Street. Turn left and then right onto Baker Street.  Cross the Marylebone Road and walk the length of Baker Street, past Portman Square.  Pass M&S and Selfridges, and walk across Oxford Street and pass Zara.
  2. Walk along North Audley Street to Grosvenor Square, where you will see the United States Embassy. Walk diagonally across the grassy Square.  Exit onto Carlos Place, and follow the road around to Berkeley Square.
  3. Walk diagonally across this grassy square and exit onto Berkeley Street and up the gentle hill through Mayfair to Piccadilly. Cross the road, beside The Ritz Hotel, turn right and then immediately left into Green Park.
  4. Walk down the left-hand side of Green Park, admiring the beautiful houses to your left, including Spencer House and Lancaster House.
  5. You leave Green Park exiting onto The Mall. Turn right and walk to the front of Buckingham Palace.  Admire the Queen’s London home, before crossing the Mall and entering into St James Park.  Follow the lake round (you can walk on either side, although if you have turned left, cross the lake on the bridge).  With the lake on your left, admire Horseguard’s Parade ahead and our wonderful Government buildings.
  6. Leave the park on the corner of Horseguard’s Road and Birdcage Walk, along George Street past the Treasury Office into Parliament Square, and admire Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster where our Government sit.
  7. This will have taken you about an hour. Spend as much time as you like – there is plenty to see and do – including Downing Street (where the Prime Minster lives), the River Thames, and Westminster Abbey – before retracing your way home.
  8. There are numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants along the length of this walk, although many in Mayfair will be pricey and some will have a dress code.