Rory Manley – Marylebone Online http://maryleboneonline.co.uk Marylebone's Online Home Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:13:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 Divertimenti returns to Marylebone http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/divertimenti-returns-marylebone/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/divertimenti-returns-marylebone/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 02:31:24 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=2948 Update: this store is now closed. When it was announced that Marylebone stalwart Divertimenti was to close, many of our passionate local cooks were thrown into panic. We’re pleased to report that the pain was short lived and Divertimenti is back, bigger and better than before. The new larger store at 74-75 Marylebone High Street is without [...]

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Update: this store is now closed.

When it was announced that Marylebone stalwart Divertimenti was to close, many of our passionate local cooks were thrown into panic.

We’re pleased to report that the pain was short lived and Divertimenti is back, bigger and better than before. The new larger store at 74-75 Marylebone High Street is without a cooking school, but has a new Culinary Salon on the mezzanine floor of the shop. This will provide a new space for cooking demonstrations with the first series set to start in November.

Between 4-6th November they will be holding Culinary Salons with the theme ‘Food and Memory’, with Simon Hopkinson of the city’s infamous Duck and Waffle making an appearance.

More information & tickets: divertimenti.co.uk


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Claudie Pierlot opens in Marylebone http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/claudie-pierlot-opens-marylebone/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/claudie-pierlot-opens-marylebone/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:50:29 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=2941 The apparent Parisian colonisation of Marylebone continues with Claudie Pierlot opening its fifth London store on Marylebone High Street. Unlike other recent French fashion openings, Claudie Pierlot is aimed at a younger more daring fashionista. The brand prides itself on its ability to set itself aside from the whims and trends of the day. They never take [...]

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The apparent Parisian colonisation of Marylebone continues with Claudie Pierlot opening its fifth London store on Marylebone High Street.

Unlike other recent French fashion openings, Claudie Pierlot is aimed at a younger more daring fashionista. The brand prides itself on its ability to set itself aside from the whims and trends of the day. They never take themselves too seriously and can often be seen as being somewhat ironic in their work.

This year’s A/W 14/15 Collection combines a set of timeless classics mixed with the latest trends. There is a focus on quality fabrics that are well cut in every detail. Judging by Claudie Pierlot’s latest addition in London, the brand is set for continued growth.

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Artesian at The Langham named World’s Best Bar http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/news/artesian-named-worlds-best-bar/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/news/artesian-named-worlds-best-bar/#respond Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:05:51 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=2943 The Langham Hotel’s Artesian bar has been given the auspicious title of World’s Best Bar. This is nothing new for the team at Artesian who have received worldwide acclaim for their ambitious and extensive cocktail menu – this is the third year in a row that the award will adorn their bar. This year’s top [...]

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The Langham Hotel’s Artesian bar has been given the auspicious title of World’s Best Bar.

This is nothing new for the team at Artesian who have received worldwide acclaim for their ambitious and extensive cocktail menu – this is the third year in a row that the award will adorn their bar.

This year’s top 50 list was compiled by 230 experts from across the drinks industry. ‘Unfolding and Exploring’, the current menu, took a new approach that incorporated ambitious new techniques including “supersonic technology”.

London bars fought off stiff competition from a number of new and improved international bars. The Artesian was accompanied in the Top Ten by city joint Nightjar and The Savoy’s American Bar.

Here’s the full list:

  1. Artesian, London – Winner of Polignac World’s Best Bar and Polignac Best Bar in Europe
  2. Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, New York – Winner of Ketel One Best Bar in North America
  3. Nightjar, London
  4. Attaboy, New York – Winner of Botran Highest Climber
  5. Employees Only, New York
  6. Canon, Seattle
  7. The Baxter Inn, Sydney – Winner of Asahi Best Bar in Australasia
  8. American Bar, London
  9. High Five, Tokyo – Winner of Torres Best Bar in Asia
  10. 28 Hongkong Street, Singapore

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Marylebone: Still good value to rent? http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/marylebone-still-good-value-rent/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/marylebone-still-good-value-rent/#respond Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:09:58 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=2908 It has not always followed that a strong sales market necessarily translated into high rental prices; in some respects Marylebone is no different. The ‘silly season’ of September has now passed in the lettings market, with the corporates, students and families moving in for the winter and Marylebone is seen as the place to be. [...]

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It has not always followed that a strong sales market necessarily translated into high rental prices; in some respects Marylebone is no different. The ‘silly season’ of September has now passed in the lettings market, with the corporates, students and families moving in for the winter and Marylebone is seen as the place to be. But is it still good value for money?

Across central London rental rates are up since 2013, estimated by Savills to have grown by 2.7% in the Prime Central London market. Much of this growth has come in family homes (3.4%) whereas flats have only risen 0.9%. With three quarters of these renters being from overseas and with half of them working in financial services, the success of Marylebone’s rental market is heavily tied to the City of London.

Christian Lock-Necrews of Knight Frank says “Marylebone is a victim of its own success in many ways. The market is strong, because it is a great place to live. It is an area that relies heavily on corporate relocation.” As the global economy recovers, corporate relocation clients have increased.

However, the demand is changing and becoming more varied. There is a steady diversification of the tenant profile with a move away from financial services to media and technology. This change has been reflected in neighbouring Ftizrovia. “The traditional rag trade has been replaced with media companies. It is catching up in terms of W1 and with big positive developments it will only continue, but for the moment it is still behind”, says David Caldeira of Robert Irvings Burn.

With this continued change in the London economy it should provide a sustainable long-term base for continued growth in the rental market. According to Sophie Chick of Savills Research, Marylebone remains the cheapest average rent for both apartments and houses in the Prime Central London bracket.

“Good value for money is subjective. At the moment there are still some great deals and a few bargains to be had. There is a lot of supply of two bedrooms whereas one bedrooms are harder to find”, says Julia Garber of Sandfords. This is reflected in the stabilisation of rents, particularly at the lower end of the Marylebone market.

This is something that is being noticed by domestic clients. “We have noticed tenants moving back into the centre after having moved away a few years ago. Whilst rental values in Zones 2 & 3 have risen along with the cost of travel, central London rents have stabilised over the last few years and now seem to offer value for money”, observes Matthew Fine of Hunters.

It would appear that Marylebone, relative to its fellow super prime neighbours still offers good value for money. As rents slowly creep up in other areas of London, transport links improve and more people discover our corner of London, it may not be long before Marylebone catches up.


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Frieze Art Fair returns to Regent’s Park http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/frieze-art-fair-returns-regents-park/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/frieze-art-fair-returns-regents-park/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:06:30 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=2900 The Frieze Art Fair is returning to London next month for a twelfth year running. The event, founded by Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, is recognised as the world’s leading contemporary art fair and it takes place in our very own Regent’s Park. In addition to being able to see and buy art by over [...]

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The Frieze Art Fair is returning to London next month for a twelfth year running.

The event, founded by Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, is recognised as the world’s leading contemporary art fair and it takes place in our very own Regent’s Park.

In addition to being able to see and buy art by over 1,000 of the world’s leading artists, the fair features Frieze Projects, the fair’s unique and critically acclaimed programme of artist commissions and Frieze Talks, a prestigious programme of debates, panel discussions and keynote lectures.

The event this year will also coincide with ‘Frieze Masters’ which exclusively showcases pieces that are pre 2000. The pieces are drawn from 120 galleries across the world. Although more exclusive in its approach, Frieze Masters is open to the public – however, its highly recommended that you book in advance.

Frieze is not just about art – last year saw food from Caravan debut at Frieze and this year Miles Kirby will return to a larger space with an outside terrace. The Exmouth Market based restaurant will also have a Caravan to go stall along with a coffee bar.

For more information visit: friezelondon.com

Public opening dates and hours:
Thursday 17 October: 12-7pm
Friday 18 October: 12-7pm
Saturday 19 October: 12-7pm
Sunday 20 October: 12-6pm


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Sleep Out 2014 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/news/sleep-2014/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/news/sleep-2014/#respond Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:42:08 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=2870 Last year we took part in The West London Day Centre’s sponsored ‘Sleep Out’ – spending a night on the streets to support homeless people. This year’s Sleep Out is fast approaching and you have the opportunity to take part. This year the event will once again be held on the steps of the St [...]

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Last year we took part in The West London Day Centre’s sponsored ‘Sleep Out’ – spending a night on the streets to support homeless people. This year’s Sleep Out is fast approaching and you have the opportunity to take part. This year the event will once again be held on the steps of the St Marylebone Parish Church on Friday 10th October.

The proceeds will help The West London Day Centre to provide food to 100 homeless clients a day, as well as providing access to services to meet their immediate needs. Over 70% of their clients go on to use the specialist advice services and groups that are available at the centre.

You can find up more and sign up now for the Sleep Out by clicking here.

You can read our experience from last year here: Sleep Out 2013 – an eye opening evening that we’ll certainly never forget.


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In Profile: Rudabeh Moghadam http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/in-profile/profile-rudabeh-moghadam/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/in-profile/profile-rudabeh-moghadam/#respond Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:21:39 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=2876 Rudabeh Moghadam is Reception Manager at recently opened neighbourhood cafe and Konditorei Fischer’s. Photo: Rudabeh Moghadam, Reception Manger (L) & Claire O’Sullivan, General Manager (R)  How you have ended up here? I studied maths at University but I have always been a foodie. I was obsessed with food programmes before, and actually until, they were trendy. [...]

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Rudabeh Moghadam is Reception Manager at recently opened neighbourhood cafe and Konditorei Fischer’s.
Photo: Rudabeh Moghadam, Reception Manger (L) & Claire O’Sullivan, General Manager (R) 


How you have ended up here?

I studied maths at University but I have always been a foodie. I was obsessed with food programmes before, and actually until, they were trendy. In my final year of uni I wrote food reviews for The Journal and was very taken with the idea of becoming a food writer and so working for a restaurant seemed like a natural step. My brother-in-law, Anders Osterberg, who is the restaurant manager at Colbert, got me a trial shift at The Wolseley straight out of university; after one shift they liked me, I was hooked, and it went from there.

I started as an Assistant Maître D’ in The Wolseley then went to Colbert as a Lead Maître D’. I left after a year to focus more on writing but when Fischer’s was opening I was contacted and they coaxed me back into the business; it didn’t take much!

What’s the hardest part of being front of house?

Whether it is training your team, dealing with complaints or providing tailor-made service, you have to think on your feet. I would say the hardest part of this is dealing with real-time complaints – the key to this is the ability to rectify an issue with such style that you transform the situation from a negative one into a positive one.

Do you often get tricky guests?

We are trained so that most of the work we do is preventative. The idea being that we aim for our service to be so good that there should be no reason for guests to be tricky or unhappy. Luckily we have been welcomed so warmly by local businesses and residents that the vast majority of our guests are incredibly friendly and are rooting for the business to succeed.

I mean you do get the odd one, but I just think it’s a combination of being hungry and having had a stressful day – once you apply a drink and some food they relax. Normally tricky guests on the way in are happy, mellow and even apologetic on the way out. The main thing is not to take it personally so you have the clarity to figure out how to turn such difficult situations around.

Was it always your aim to work for Corbin & King?

No, to be completely honest. I was working in finance and media consultancies right up to my last year of university so I just didn’t have any exposure to the industry to know what giants of the industry Jeremy (King) and Chris (Corbin) were. Anders however has had over 20 years experience in the industry and he sold it to me as the best company he had worked for yet.

I think I knew I was a part of something special when I heard Jeremy and Chris talk in my induction about the passion that underlies why they do what they do. Their sense of creative integrity is inspirational.

Is there an expectation that comes with a high profile new opening?

Of course there is. The company has been going for thirty years; the brand is older than I am! I can’t even begin to conceive of the depth of the relationships that have been built since opening The Ivy. In fact, I am so glad that the expectations are high – it has made me the Maître D’ I am today and continues to challenge me in the right way.

Do you view the Chiltern Firehouse as competition?

No, because they do something really different to what we do.

If you are in Marylebone (and not going to Fischer’s) where do you head for a bite to eat?

Well, I love cheese so my current favourite is La Fromagerie, primarily for the quality and freshness of the produce. It’s also very accessible – you can pop-in whenever and they always have space. Natural Kitchen is where I get my salad-fix, as a maître d’ you need healthy food to keep going. If I want something filling I love Getti – they are always so warm and welcoming. Also, I’m gluten intolerant and they have gluten-free pizza, so we’re a match made in heaven.

You mentioned you have Iranian roots, how does this influence your experience at work?

It is a conversation starter for sure, especially because the combination of my very English accent and Middle Eastern looks tends to confuse people. For me Iranian culture is the most hospitable culture I have ever experienced. Growing up, I thought we would be having a quiet family meal and by the time it came to eating we’d have about twenty of my parents’ closest friends and colleagues all dotted around our dining table. It was always a case of ‘the more the merrier’. This tremendous sense of generosity with its emphasis on respect towards your guests has hugely influenced my sense of what is means to be hospitable.

Do you ever head back to Tehran to visit?

I used to yearly but not for the past 5 years. It is a beautiful country though and I’m planning to go back next year to see family and tour some of its historic cities – some of the architecture there is just breath-taking.

Do you have any favourite dishes on the Fischer’s menu?

My favourite would have to be the braised beef Tafelspitz – it’s slowed braised beef shin, if you’re a meat lover it’s the one for you, it just melts in your mouth.

Tell us about breakfast?

I mean Fischer’s is spawned from the minds that invented the London restaurant breakfast trade with The Wolseley, so obviously the menu contains some Corbin & King favourites – fresh pastries delivered from The Delaunay, the birchermüsli, pancakes – but then it’s given an edge but some authentic Austrian favourites – Austrian Gröstl (paprika fried potatoes & onion, bacon and a fried hens’ egg) and our Viennese Breakfast (smoked ham, beef sausage, salami, artisan gouda, boiled egg and pretzel). It is well worth the visit.


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Giovanni Rana – Marylebone Pasta Masterclass http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/giovanni-rana-marylebone-pasta-masterclass/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/giovanni-rana-marylebone-pasta-masterclass/#respond Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:00:30 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=2866 On 17th September the Rana family will be opening the doors of the Giovanni Rana restaurant kitchen in Regent’s Place, for an exclusive pasta making masterclass with Giovanni and Antonella Rana. This event will give you a unique opportunity to sample pasta made by Giovanni Rana while trying to glean as many tips as possible [...]

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On 17th September the Rana family will be opening the doors of the Giovanni Rana restaurant kitchen in Regent’s Place, for an exclusive pasta making masterclass with Giovanni and Antonella Rana.

This event will give you a unique opportunity to sample pasta made by Giovanni Rana while trying to glean as many tips as possible for making the freshest possible pasta.

Giovanni Rana is one of Italy’s cherished culinary secrets. He has been an artisan pasta maker for over 50 years, using the very best ingredients, all combining to create a unique product of the highest quality.

You will have the unique opportunity to learn how to recreate his famous cooking in your own home, while also sampling a two-course meal with a glass of prosecco.

Date: 7th September, 3pm
Location: Giovanni Rana Restaurant, 17/19 Triton Street, Regent’s Place London NW1 3BF
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Marylebone Property – New Kid on the Super Prime Block? http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/marylebone-new-kid-super-prime-block/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/marylebone-new-kid-super-prime-block/#respond Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:46:55 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=2798 The lexicon of the London property market is changing – our corner of London, often dubbed as Mayfair’s younger sibling, has come of age. According to Knight Frank, prices in Marylebone grew 8.5% in the 6 months until December 2013 – faster than any area in London. Has the area truly announced itself as the newest [...]

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The lexicon of the London property market is changing – our corner of London, often dubbed as Mayfair’s younger sibling, has come of age. According to Knight Frank, prices in Marylebone grew 8.5% in the 6 months until December 2013 – faster than any area in London. Has the area truly announced itself as the newest member of the super prime crowd in London?

With London still seen as a safe haven, the demand for property in Marylebone has been in no small part down to foreign investors. Increasing demand for larger homes has meant that properties in Marylebone often fetch over £10 million.

“Last year 65% of purchases were from overseas, that is a 30% increase from two years ago. If you look into the international money that is coming to the area it is catching up with the more traditional international areas of Knightsbridge and Belgravia” says Claire Reynolds of Savills Marylebone.

Although many cite Marylebone’s location as the reason for this increased demand, it is clear there is more to the story. Much of Marylebone’s success has been based on the continuing investment of the Howard de Walden and Portman Estates. Howard de Walden alone have invested over £1 billion into the area, while keeping an independent feel to the businesses that line the high street. With new developments underway on Chiltern Street and with a recently announce redevelopment of Marylebone Gardens on the way, there is a steady supply of inward investment.

On the contrary to the large number of overseas buyers is the perhaps more surprising role of domestic buyers at the very top end of the market. In 2013 Knight Frank saw 50% of its purchases in the area made by Britons, a figure that has been growing. Perhaps more surprising still is that as London’s ‘flight appeal’ decreases, British buyers are stepping into the void to snap up property in this top bracket.

“You have the empty nesters moving down from St John’s Wood who are selling the family home. Others are moving up from Chelsea and Belgravia to somewhere more central. It really does vary. We find a lot of our clients are working in the city or in finance.” Says Christian Lock-Necrews, Partner of Knight Frank Marylebone .

With the threat of an interest rate rise and an election framed by continued austerity there could be a potentially tricky twelve months ahead, yet Marylebone’s property market seems to have ushered in a new phase in its history. Is the super prime status here to stay?


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In Profile: Richard Ardron http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/in-profile/profile-richard-ardron/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/in-profile/profile-richard-ardron/#respond Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:32:03 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=2784 Last week we sat down with the new headteacher of Marylebone Boys’ School. Set to be Marylebone’s first free school, we had the chance to find out a bit more about the school before it opens its doors in September. What is the story so far behind Marylebone Boys School? In essence there has always been [...]

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Last week we sat down with the new headteacher of Marylebone Boys’ School. Set to be Marylebone’s first free school, we had the chance to find out a bit more about the school before it opens its doors in September.


What is the story so far behind Marylebone Boys School?

In essence there has always been a need for more boys’ school places in Westminster. There are two successful all girls’ schools, and therefore the other schools are ‘boy heavy’. The Proposer Group, which is made up of a wide group of non-educational and educational professionals, identified with this need and saw the free school route as a way of addressing the shortage.

We have had amazing help from David McFadden at the London Oratory School and Elizabeth Phillips from St Marylebone CE School, who has recently retired. They have helped to guide the school from an educational standpoint.

We also have a link to London Diocesan Board for Schools. They have helped provide us with temporary office space and acted as a support network through the free school process. It is important to us to have an organisation that we are affiliated to. It gives us an important grounding.

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Headteacher Richard Ardron

At what point did you come to be involved with the school?

I was hired in February this year and have been heavily involved with the school since that time. Although I technically started in April by the time I was full time, I had already done a few weeks of recruitment to create the senior management team and start the recruitment of teaching staff.

What drew you to the role?

I was looking for a headship role, but a particular type. I knew I wanted to be at a smaller school and have a chance to build something. The opportunity here fitted these requirements – it’s small, a start-up, it’s entrepreneurial and it is challenging. I like this as I can grow with the school and help to build its long-term success.

What is the ethos behind the school?

We are a boys’ school; for me, the proposers and all the teaching staff we have recruited it is about providing excellent support and academic excellence across all age groups. We are non-selective in the sense that we take a quarter of each year group from each different ability band. These bands are determined through our pre-test, that for our current intake we held back in November of 2013.

We are going to have an extended school day starting at 8.30am and finishing at 5.00pm. This means that homework will be done at school and there will be more opportunities for sport. We are also going to offer Philosophy and Latin; this is part of our aim to offer a high quality academic curriculum. It is really important to set yourself apart in the current education system. Alongside our sports offering, I believe this will help us stand out.

How big a role will sport play within the school?

Sport is an important part of the wider curriculum that we will offer, in particular there is going to be a real focus on team sport. The embodiment of this will be in rugby; that will be our main sport. We are in the process of arranging fixtures and linking up with a local club through the RFU. This link will provide coaching and a further focus for the more talented players. That said we will accommodate all abilities, as many of the boys won’t have played rugby at all. We will also play hockey, and in the summer athletics, cricket and tennis.

For you what are the differences between being a headteacher of a free school versus a ‘normal’ school?

I prefer to call this a ‘start-up school’ – it faces many of the challenges that any small organisation has that is trying to grow. There is a lot of hard and onerous administrative work that is needed to build the support network that an established school already has.

For example we are doubling our staff every year for the next three years. This takes careful planning and a thorough recruitment process. We have a really dynamic teaching staff taking shape and I want make sure that this is built on, as eventually they will be the wider leadership team of the school.

What are the benefits of being a free school for you as a headteacher and for parents?

We have greater freedoms as an institution and benefit from this. We can make decisions over the curriculum, such as the decision to teach Philosophy and Latin. This helps us to build a positive ethos into the school while drawing on the experience of our Proposer Group.

Can parents still apply for places?

Yes they can. There is a waiting list, but we are still accepting applications for September 2014. We therefore encourage parents to apply. We want to make sure as many boys as possible have the opportunity to come to our school.

We will have open days for boys who will join us in 2015 and will be taking applications for that year via the common application form process. In 2016 we will open our mixed sixth form and welcome the additional challenges and opportunities this will bring.

Are you allowed to tell us where the final site is going to be?

No I am not – all I can say is that it is three quarters of a mile from Marylebone Old Town Hall which is the point that we have chosen as our point to measure distances from. We hope to be able to share the news of the final site very soon!

Since being on board what has been your biggest challenge?

It is the things that are out of my control. When setting up a free school you see lots of different bodies and institutions interacting, it is not always plain sailing. I am just looking forward to opening our doors in September, and being in our permanent home in September 2016.

Do you have much of a chance to wonder around Marylebone? Any favourite spots?

My favourite spot has to be the Edgware Road. I like its vibrant cosmopolitan feel, it is always full of people. You can buy whatever you want. It is all there!

For more information about admissions and Open Days make sure to visit the Marylebone Boys’ School website.


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