Coffee ‘n’ Books

If you should find yourself in Marylebone with a little time on your hands, you should consider yourself very lucky indeed.

A somewhat underrated part of London if you ask me. People tend to nip into a restaurant, go to the pub after work or just bustle through on their way elsewhere.

Meaning you almost always get these pretty shop-lined streets to yourself.

Rows of painted chocolate boxes to rival anything in Notting Hill, but far less appreciated.

In fact one or two are just bursting for you to notice them!

Be sure to pay a visit to 38 Chiltern Street for the most spectacular window display, which drifts out through the glass as though the window was nothing but the surface of a garden pool, and creeps up the side of the building.

If my hair’s looking particularly glossy, I take no credit.

Fresh from the hairdresser, Michael Van Clarke, around the corner and between meetings T and I strolled off for coffee.

Although maybe your eye’s drawn by something else…

It’s new and I haven’t taken it off!

Big enough for the essentials, small enough to wear cross body and feel like you’re not carrying a bag at all. Ideal for hands-in-pockets weather.

I think this style as sold out, but I’ll pop a few options in the slider below – and a few budget friendly options below that.

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A new term warrants a new book bag, after all!

For coffee in Marylebone you have to go to Monocle.

Beneath its striped awning you’ll find all manner of surprises, including some of the best coffee in London.

Should you decide to brave the cold and sit al-fresco, you can add a delicious side of people watching to your order.

Just across the st. from the famed Chiltern Firehouse, you can watch the glamazons slip in and out of those big black gates.

You could always pop in for a cocktail beside the fire if you like, but I have a better idea.

Take a short walk to heaven.

And by heaven I mean Daunt Books.

A proper bookshop and treasure trove of literary wonders.

You can take your time, wander, take a seat, immerse yourself in someone else’s world.

The staff will leave you be, there’s no hard selling or rushing.

It offers quite the change of pace from ordering on Amazon!

Downstairs is an Aladdin’s Cave of travel books and bound adventures.

Cream coat

Black jumper // Black belt

Black jeans

Black boots (half price – comfiest I own)

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Just the place to settle down and plan an adventure…

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