Despite its central London position, Hyde Park, W2 and Marylebone, it's closest environ, are uniquely residential and surprisingly peaceful once the rush hour ends. These areas represent a diverse mixture of cultures and are well served by no less than five London Underground stations. The Heathrow Express train runs from nearby Paddington station (journey time 30 minutes).
Housing is varied, running from the bohemian to highly superior accommodation. There are many squares and tree-lined crescents here and whilst there are plenty of old mansion blocks and brand new developments, there are still many single family homes and quaint mews houses. To the west of Hyde Park, Bryanston Square and Montagu Square are much sought after because of their central communal gardens.
The West End (W1 postcode) is still very fashionable with many tranquil squares and back streets. Harley Street is famed for its medical specialists, who started to move in around 1845 offering access to health care for almost every ailment to those who can afford to pay.
There are a growing number of restaurants down towards Oxford Street. Marylebone High Street has several eateries, bars, cafes and delicatessens. Classical music can be heard at the Wigmore Hall. Shakespeare is performed during the summer at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park with its big, formal gardens and a lake. London Zoo, also in the Park, is a marvellous place for the kids. Look out for the Penguin Pool, the Elephant House and the Aviary. The West End with its cinemas, theatres and other attractions is a fine location for those who like to be in the heart of London.
Notable State schools include St Marylebone School, which achieves excellent results. The notable Independent schools are the selective Queen's College and Francis Holland schools.
Marylebone station provides access to Tube and mainline rail services to Birmingham and the Midlands. Taxis are plentiful. The Tube lines servicing the Hyde Park and West End area are the Bakerloo, Metropolitan, Jubilee, Circle, Hammersmith & City and the Central line.
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