The Marylebone Summer Fayre

How lucky were we on Fathers Day with the weather? As it was such a gorgeous day we set off to explore the Marylebone Summer Fayre. Village Fete meets chic London high street! There was a great fun atmosphere throughout Marylebone Village, stalls lined the roads predominantly selling food. Cafes and restaurants extended into the roads with their barbecues and tables and chairs. We arrived at about 11.30am and it was relatively easy to walk around but by the time we left at about 3.30pm it was packed. There were a number of bands playing and one impromptu group in the church gardens who were good fun.

Marylebone Village is a particularly lovely area of London, despite it's very central location it manages to retain its village like atmosphere, one feels that people do actually live here and shop and eat in their area. I worked nearby for many years and I had my first date with the husband on Marylebone High street hence my fondness for the area. As well as some of the more known high street shops, the area is home to many small boutiques and designer shops which are marvellous for a browse. Restaurants, bars and pub are aplenty with two of my favourites within spitting distance of each other - Providores and Caldesi. Sundays are all about Farmers Market Stalls, it is one of the largest markets in London with a huge amount of choice. I bought a couple of the sweetest cucumbers, a punnet of juicy strawberries and a delicious lettuce, as well as, the most gorgeous ash covered goats cheese made in Sussex.

There was so much food choice it was hard to commit but in the end we took full advantage of the delicious hog roasts and home made sausage rolls. The local church were handing out free cakes as were a couple of the local patisseries, good marketing I'd say, they certainly were a hit with Matilda.

The area is owned and managed by the Howard De Walden Estate who also hosted the day in aid of the Children's charity Kids Company. Kids Company provide support to deprived inner city children both emotionally and educationally. Please do take a look at the link below and consider giving these guys a hand so that their work reaches as many children as possible. It's important to realise that the reason for the party is a more serious and that every penny counts for these children.

It is a yearly event so do keep your eyes peeled for next year as it's definitely worth supporting whilst having some good old fashioned fun as you can see below! Makes such a difference to see happy smiley Londoners, you can't beat a bit of sun, some pimms and a hog roast sarnie to cheer you up after these last weeks of rain misery.