The latest phase of lockdown lifting has begun, shops have thrown open their doors again, bars and restaurants are able to serve people on terraces, and it’s become easier to meet up with friends and fam. And Marylebone Village is the perfect place for those long overdue catch-ups – not only does the area boast over 100 shops and restaurants, it’s a proper little oasis smack in the centre of town. There’s even temporary pedestrianisation in place on Marylebone Lane to make extra space so people can shop, eat and explore the Village in the safest way.

And boy is there a lot to explore with a mix of independent shops, concept stores and established brands calling the area home. The iconic The Conran Shop is the place to go for furniture and homeware, with everything from contemporary design to one-off vintage pieces on sale, and there’s fashion and accessories from the likes of Scandi brand Tiger of Sweden, boutique KJ’s Laundry, KOIBIRD, Kastur Jewels, MATCHESFASHION, eyewear fave Ace & Tate, and newcomer Evoke London. The Organic Pharmacy has just opened a new concept store in Marylebone Village complete with a sustainable refill point, a facial station and a juice bar, and as well as being able to shop in-store John Bell & Croyden now has beauty treatments available to book too; perfect if you need some TLC after lockdown.

Shopping is hungry work so Marylebone Village has you well covered on the food front too. You can head to La Fromagerie to pick up cheese, bread and wine supplies for a picnic in Paddington Gardens or if you’re ready to get back to proper plates and glasses and sit-down service, there are new openings like Home Marylebone and wine bar and bistro The Italians to check out as well as Village stalwarts like Blandford Comptoir, 108 Brasserie and 28º–50º. Having actual plans is officially back!