London's Marylebone district: A mecca for music and art

Imagine being invited to a stately home in the heart of London, filled with hundreds of art treasures, with music often on the side. Welcome to the Wallace Collection, which houses outstanding examples of French 18th century painting, furniture, porcelain and more.

And that's just one of the musical treasures of this colorful district of London. Around the corner you might hear Iestyn Evans practicing the organ at St. James Church at Spanish Place, one of the neighborhood's hidden gems.

Or imagine tracing the steps of rock music legends, to the very doorsteps of where they lived. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix and Madonna are just a few of the superstars who have resided in Marylebone.

And if you think you'll never find that lost vinyl record that's become a collector's item, think again. Try Oxfam Books and Records, and tell Tom Sindall what you're looking for.

And don't forget to take a trip down memory lane by going to an old fashioned pub with live music. The Golden Eagle on Marylebone Lane is truly a blast. Tony Pearson at the keyboards is an encyclopedia of standards old and new (and if you mention my name, he'll probably ask you to sing).

That's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Marylebone. If you want to know more, Gaby Higgs at the St. Marylebone Society is the one to call.


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