Changing Marylebone

Even in the short time that I have been taking photos of Marylebone, the streetscape has changed.

Don’t go looking for wine at Nicolas on Marylebone High Street this week.  Instead of Nicolas, we have sportswear by Sweaty Betty.  This was the changeover in March 2015.

Nicolas to Sweaty Betty door

Instead of coffee from Starbucks on Marylebone High Street we can now buy clothes from Zadig & Voltaire.  I took this image one year ago, just before the painters arrived.

Starbucks on M High St

Starbucks wrapped itself round a corner from the High Street into St Vincent Street.  The old name for that street is still visible in the faded sign in the photo – Little Barlow Street.  The name was changed sometime after 1938 when St Vincent’s school and orphanage moved into premises there.  St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School is still there; in fact it’s my polling station for the General Election on Thursday.

Here are some more recent changes.  The Giraffe restaurant has left Blandford Street; we are waiting hungrily for the Daylesford Organic Farmshop and Cafe.

Daylesford sign cow

Weymouth Street is going through a phase….the Phase Eight clothes shop has disappeared.

Phase Eight gone

Divertimenti Cookshop has moved north and west across Marylebone High Street, making room for Anthropologie.  J. Crew clothes have taken over the HSBC bank branch.  Greens Newsagent has gone, replaced by Caroline Gardner, which thankfully still sells birthday cards.  Carphone Warehouse has become a Maje clothes shop.

Maje on Marylebone High Street

Our High Street is generally in good shape.  Sometimes locals and visitors have different needs, but who won’t be pleased to see a Belgian chocolate shop?

Coming Soon Pierre Marconi

I don’t have anything deep to say about this, just that I’m pleased (a) that I have these images, and (b) that phones and digital cameras record the date of their photos.  Looking at them this week encourages me to go out and take more photos of what is around me right now.  Who knows how quickly it will change?


4 Comments Add yours

  1. linnetmoss says:

    I was moved to look up M. Marcolini and discovered that his store in Midtown Manhattan has closed. More change! But I’m glad to see he is live and kicking in London 🙂


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      I wonder why London is opening as NYC is closing? Good news for me anyway.


  2. Kim in Fiji says:

    To me this doesn’t look like a sign of a healthy business climate. I wonder about the optimists that are moving in!


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      If you live somewhere long enough, you do see businesses come and go. We’ve lived here since 1998 and Marylebone has changed a lot in that time, mostly for the better.
      The optimists aren’t completely wrong. In most cases, the incoming businesses are more “upmarket” than the outgoing ones. There’s plenty of money in central London, and plenty of customers.
      My only problem is that there’s a limit to the number of designer dresses that we local residents can buy…even elegant ladies like me. I was disappointed when the bank and the newsagent left.
      But I can’t really complain, as I can easily walk to the banks and shops on Baker Street and Great Portland Street. Marylebone is not an isolated village.


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