Marylebone-Stroll-500x280London’s elite has long looked down on Marylebone, considered to be a lowly neighbor of the capital’s luxury quarter.

Despite its proximity to Regent’s Park and short stroll to Oxford Street, it has always been seen as “slightly down at heel” with its smattering of council flats, array of charity shops and apartments that sat empty for the majority of the year.

Wealthy overseas families and high-powered executives have traditionally shunned Marylebone, flocking instead to the sought-after areas of Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Kensington and Chelsea.

“Marylebone was traditionally dubbed the area for medical tourism,” says Alex Lawrie, a small-business owner in Marylebone.

“Rich people from the Middle East would keep a pied-à-terre in case they needed to visit Harley Street or Welbeck Street [both known for private health care]. It also had the reputation for housing wealthy British bankers who couldn’t afford Chelsea.”Read more at The Telegraph