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Written by Mae Bristow - 23 November 2023

Our selection of the best Marylebone bars

Let’s address the elephant in the room: neither tourists nor Londoners can agree on how to pronounce Marylebone. Some say Mary-lee-bone, others say Marla-bone, whilst others switch back and forth, unsure as everybody else what the actual pronunciation is.

This neighbourhood is upscale with gorgeous architecture, and on some streets, it manages a village-like feel despite its location in hectic central London. Madame Tussauds and the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221b Baker Street are what lure tourists in. And the bars, restaurants, and boutique shops are what lure Londoners in.

We do like the leafy green streets, and the nearness to Regent’s Park, but it’s really the jazzy cocktail bars and gastropubs that lure us into this neighbourhood. Read on for our hot take on Marylebone bars.

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1. Low lights, reclaimed Chesterfields, misty Jazz, and smoky notes of whisky in the air: The Perseverance

Marylebone, London

The Perseverance is where you’ll find us drinking in Marylebone. Near Edgware Road, it has a curated library of some of the rarest spirits sourced from London distilleries and some – shall we say – well-read bartenders. Founder David is a master mixologist and knows his whisky from his whiskey – if you know, you know.

This Marylebone bar feels relaxed, it’s easy to spend hours in the place. It has weekly live Jazz, cold pints, whiskies, classic cocktails, and innovative cocktails made by bartenders who understand flavour. It’s easy to come across as pretentious with such a recipe, but The Perseverance is anything but. The bar is also available for private hire for up to 70 people, and we highly recommend a private group mixology session.

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2. The aptly named pub on tree-lined York Street: The Royal Oak

Marylebone, London

Near both Bond Street and Edgware Road stations, The Royal Oak is a gastropub dating back to the early 19th century. Outside, expect sun-trapped tables in the afternoon, and inside, expect tables adorned with tealights and vases of flowers.

This Marylebone bar claims it’s the place where everyone is a local and we’re inclined to agree. The vibe is warm and welcoming whether you pop in for an afternoon session, a post-work pint, or in the evening for cocktails and wine.

The private dining room is popular for wedding receptions and special occasions, and the pub as well as the tree-lined street are quintessentially picturesque.

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3. A modern British tavern: The Wigmore

Marylebone, London

If you haven’t heard of The Wigmore, it made quite a stir when it opened with its elevated pub menu by the renowned Chef, Michel Roux Jr. The former banking hall feels like the inside of a vintage jewellery box with statement emerald green walls and ceiling, but it manages to pull off a casual and relaxed atmosphere.

It is The Wigmore’s hospitality that lured us in with its delicious pub fare and a deep appreciation for cocktails. The Marylebone bar is great for an afternoon session, and for a special occasion, with the Snug and the Green Room available for private hire. All in all, a welcome respite from the chaos that is central London and a good place for a celebration.

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4. The something-for-everybody-pub: The Prince Regent

Marylebone, London

Located on Marylebone High Street, The Prince Regent is hard to miss, it’s a giant Victorian building of bright red brick. It’s the kind of pub that has preserved the Victorian architecture of the building but went a bit wild with modern interior design with purple sofas, teal chairs, and industrial lighting fixtures.

What we like about The Prince Regent is that there is something for everybody. Ideal for a group of people – you know how it is, the friends that only drink craft beer, only drink cocktails, or only drink white-wine-but-not-pinot-grigio. Whatever you need this Marylebone bar has it including treats for your pup!

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5. The obligatory chic wine bar & restaurant: Clarette

Marylebone, London

No neighbourhood is complete without its wine bar and Clarette is just that for Marylebone. Dreamt up by Alexandra Petit-Mentzelopoulos of the Château Margaux family and Natsuko Perromat du Marais, a leading restaurateur, Clarette takes wine and French cuisine very seriously.

The outside of the building is Tudor in style complete with whitewash and black timber frames. Inside, however, the wine bar is stylish and sophisticated, exactly the kind of ambiance you would expect from a wine bar offering a carefully curated wine list that includes many top-tier wines by the bottle, and an extensive selection served by the glass.

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Your guide to renting a bar in Marylebone, London

Hiring a bar for an event in Marylebone provides a sophisticated and vibrant setting that is sure to impress your guests. With its charming streets, historic architecture and bustling atmosphere, Marylebone provides the perfect backdrop for a wide range of occasions, from corporate meetings to private celebrations. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore everything you need to know about hiring a bar in Marylebone, including pricing considerations, seating arrangements and more.

1. Search for bars in Marylebone:

Start your search with HeadBox by researching bars in Marylebone. Look for venues known for their unique atmosphere, quality drinks and positive reviews from previous customers. Consider factors such as location, size, facilities and accessibility when evaluating potential bars.

2. Define your event requirements:

Before contacting bars, take the time to define your event requirements. Consider factors such as the type of event you're hosting, the number of guests expected, the preferred date and time, budget constraints, and any special amenities or services you require from the venue.

3. Contact bars for availability and pricing:

Contact bars directly to inquire about availability and pricing for your preferred date and time. Provide detailed information about your event requirements, including number of guests, preferred date and time, length of hire and any special requests.

4. Understand pricing and packages:

Prices for bar hire in Marylebone can vary depending on factors such as location, size, facilities, day of the week, time of day and duration of hire. Some bars may offer hourly rates, while others may charge a flat rate for half or full day hire. Review pricing and package options carefully to determine which option best suits your budget and event requirements.

5. Explore seating options:

Consider the seating arrangement that best suits your event and the needs of your guests. Bars typically offer a variety of seating options including tables, chairs, bar stools, lounge areas and outdoor seating. Depending on the nature of your event and the number of guests attending, you may opt for a formal dining arrangement or a more casual cocktail-style arrangement.

6. Evaluate amenities and facilities:

Evaluate the amenities and facilities offered by each bar to ensure they meet your needs and enhance your guests' experience. Look for bars with features such as a fully stocked bar, speciality cocktails, food options, heating or cooling options, lighting options and restroom facilities. Make sure the bar has sufficient staff and services to support your event, such as bartenders, servers and security.

7. Check catering options:

Find out about the catering options available at each bar. Some bars may have an on-site kitchen and offer a diverse menu of appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages prepared by their culinary team. Others may allow outside caterers or provide recommendations for trusted caterers in the area. Discuss your dietary preferences, menu choices and any special requests with the bar's catering team to ensure a memorable dining experience for your guests.

8. Confirm logistics and services:

Once you've selected a bar for your event, finalise the logistics and services with the venue's management team. Discuss important details such as set-up and break-down times, access to the venue for decorating purposes, menu selection and catering arrangements, beverage options and bar services, entertainment choices and any additional services or amenities you may require. Ensure that all aspects of your event are well coordinated and executed to your specifications.

9. Review contracts and policies:

Before signing a rental agreement with the bar, carefully review the contract terms and policies to ensure that you understand and agree to all terms and conditions. Pay close attention to details such as the venue rental fee, deposit requirements, cancellation policy, liability waiver and any additional fees or charges.

10. Plan a memorable event:

On the day of your event, arrive prepared and ready to host a memorable gathering at the bar. Coordinate closely with the venue staff to ensure that all arrangements are in place and that everything runs smoothly throughout the event. Communicate effectively with the venue's event coordinator or planner to deal with any last minute details or changes and ensure that your guests have an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Hiring a bar for an event in Marylebone is an opportunity to create unforgettable memories in one of London's most charming areas. By following the steps outlined in this guide and working closely with the venue's management team, you can ensure that your event is a resounding success and leaves a lasting impression on your guests. Here's to celebrating in style at a bar in Marylebone!

Frequently asked questions

Bars in Marylebone are versatile venues suitable for a wide range of events including corporate parties, birthday celebrations, engagement parties, networking events and more. Whether you're planning an informal gathering or a more formal affair, a bar in Marylebone can provide the perfect setting for your event.

Policies regarding outside catering and menu customisation vary from bar to bar in Marylebone. Some venues may offer in-house catering services with customisable menus, while others may allow you to bring in outside caterers or food suppliers. It's important to discuss your catering requirements with the venue management when booking your event.

Many bars in Marylebone have a minimum or maximum guest capacity for events to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all attendees. Check the capacity on the HaedBox website to ensure the space can accommodate your event size.

It's recommended that you book a bar for your event in Marylebone as far in advance as possible, especially for popular dates and times. Bars often have limited availability, especially during peak seasons or weekends. Booking early will ensure that you secure your preferred date and time for your event.

Amenities and services offered by bars in Marylebone can vary, but common offerings include a fully stocked bar, bartenders, serving staff, sound system, lighting and toilet facilities. Some venues may also offer additional amenities such as outdoor seating, private rooms or entertainment. It's a good idea to enquire about the specific amenities and services included in your hire package.

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