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Association Events

Marylebone Events

Family Events

The Association

Michael Bolt
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Honorary Secretary
Kevin Coyne
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Neil Wilson
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Traffic & City Management
Paul Neville
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Business & Events
Patricia Neville
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Licensing, Police Liaison
Keith Stuart-Smith
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Social Events
Sheila Green
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David Chan
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Press & PR

Charlotte Joseph
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David Unwin
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Dear Linus,

Welcome to our April E-Newsletter with important news about the Marylebone Area Forum

Association News

Marylebone Forum Area Designation Decision

We have now heard about our Forum area designation.

It will be noted that the area  covers a smaller area than that applied for. Regents Park has been removed as that and the other Royal Parks will be outside the Neighbourhood Forum set up. We failed to secure east Marylebone so the boundary will be along Great Portland Street.  Further, the buildings along both sides of most of Great Portland Street will be lost to us, which is disappointing as there was much support in this area for the Marylebone Forum. On the plus side we have the additional area applied for to the north of Marylebone Road, the area around Hyde Park Corner and the area east of Oxford Circus to Great Portland Street.

The full decision is available on Westminster's web site here. A map of the designated area can be found on The Area Designation article on our web site.

Westminster undertook an analysis of the Forum area and found that, on floor space, 61% is occupied by business and others and only 39% is residential. This result means that Westminster have decided that we should be a business area. This is a somewhat misleading term as it simply means that business would get a vote on any neighbourhood plan that might be eventually submitted to a referendum in our area. It does not alter the make-up of the Forum itself, neither does it make it a business forum. Indeed there is no such thing as a business forum and all neighbourhood forums, regardless of their location, should consist of a representative mix of those who live and work in the neighbourhood area and involve a genuine partnership between all the occupants of the area.

Now that the scope of our area has finally been decided we can move on towards designation of our Neighbourhood Forum and finding representatives and other volunteers to act on behalf of that Forum. We are actively looking for people to help in this regard so, as always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you feel that you can be of assistance in this project, or if you just wish to find out more about it. 

Michael Bolt

Traffic and City Management


We continue to receive complaints about the nuisance caused by Pedicabs. West End Ward Council Candidate Paul Church has now created the following on-line petition to the Government calling for a ban on unlicensed pedicabs. 

Petition:  Ban Unlicensed Pedicabs From London's West End

Responsible department: Department for Transport

"Unlicensed pedicabs are a constant nuisance to residents in Fitzrovia, Mayfair, Soho and The West End. Many play loud music or have lights flashing in the early hours of the morning. Many take up space on pavements outside buildings, impeding local residents from accessing their homes. Many pedicab operators prey on late night revellers, pestering them to hire their vehicles at high expense.

Pedicabs are currently unlicensed and uncontrolled. This means that people who hire them have no way of telling whose vehicle they are hiring and it is very difficult for local residents to report incidences of nuisance noise.

We want the Government to ban unlicensed pedicabs from London's West End.

The petition can be signed by visiting

Residents Parking

Parking for residents in the Seymour Street area will be helped by Westminster’s conversion of five former police car bays into resident bays, following the closure of the police station.

Paul Neville 

Marylebone News

Art.Marylebone’s Photography Competition 2014 "Life in Marylebone"
Between 18th-27th April anyone with a digital camera who lives, works, or happens to be passing through Marylebone can participate in our free to enter "Life in Marylebone" photography competition. Our aim is to gather together as many shots of the people, streets, buildings, gardens, shops, houses, activities or anything happening in order to capture a moment in time within Marylebone.

To enter, simply send us up to 5 digital images by the 1st May via our website Fifty of the images will then be selected by a panel of independent judges and these images will be printed and exhibited during the Marylebone Summer Fayre in June at the Hellenic Centre on Paddington Street, as well as published in a hardback book which will be available to buy. See for more information.

Buy previous years' books as well as our special T-shirts at this page

Happy snapping ....... We look forward to seeing your photographs!

Cityread London
Join the world’s biggest book group

Cityread London is a London-wide month long celebration of literature. During April, London residents are invited to visit their local library to pick up a book – the same book - and read it together. The 2014 title for Cityread London is the bestselling and critically acclaimed First World War novel “My Dear I Wanted to Tell You”by Louisa Young, selected to mark the centenary of the war. Children will be able to pick up Michael Morpurgo’s phenomenal bestseller “Private Peaceful”.
Copies of the novels will be ready to collect from your local library by 1 April. Find your nearest reading group at

See talk by Louisa Young at Mayfair Library on 15 April, click here for details.

Marylebone Policing

From our local Police Constable, PC David Miller

There have been a few instances of deception where suspects have pretended to be police. These 'Bogus Police' have been stopping tourists and asking for their details, passports and then taken the victims’ cash. The other method is where the Bogus Police contact the victim via phone and tell a story regarding a fraud at the bank. This leads to the victim being requested to get a large sum from their bank and give it to the suspects.

In the last four weeks we have had a spike (34 reported crimes) in vehicle crime which is very annoying as we were getting good results from our work in this area. Can I request that you disseminate the information not to leave valuables in cars on display, Vehicle Crime link on the Westminster Police web site provides lots of information.

I now have access to Westminster's Twitter account and intend to put useful Ward information on it so please register/follow us at @MPSWestminster.

Please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions about the Ward.
PC 3701 David Miller, Westminster Central Team

Email - 
Tel - 020 7321 9672

Association Events

Tuesday 8 April, 10.30am , Coffee Morning
The Arch Hotel, 50 Great Cumberland Place, W1

£5.00 cash on the day. Everyone welcome - no need to book. 

Wednesday 30 April, 2pm, St Paul’s Cathedral – Private Group Tour

This event is now fully booked. If you wish to be added to the waiting list please contact Patricia Neville on 020 7224 0365 or e-mail .


Wednesday 21 May, 10.30am, “Matisse – Cut Outs”

Exhibition at Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1

Henri Matisse is a giant of modern art. This landmark show explores the final chapter in his career in which he began ‘carving into colour’ and his series of spectacular cut-outs was born. The exhibition represents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see so many of the artist’s works in one place and discover Matisse’s final artistic triumph.

From snowflowers to dancers, circus scenes and a famous snail, the exhibition showcases a dazzling array of 120 works made between 1936 and 1954. Bold, exuberant and often large in scale, the cut-outs have an engaging simplicity coupled with incredible creative sophistication. London is first to host, before the exhibition travels to New York at the Museum of Modern Art and after which the works return to galleries and private owners around the world.

Our group will be pre-booked (no need to queue) and we have obtained a 10% discount on tickets.

Prices are: Adult £9, Senior £7.20 (Art Fund Members Adult £5, Senior £4). Payment to be made in cash on the day. Advance payment will have been made on 7 May to secure tickets and therefore no cancellations can be accepted after that date.

To book please contact Patricia Neville (Tel 020 7224 0365 or email, stating which price category. Confirmation will be sent.


Saturday 7 June, 1.30pm, Whitechapel Bell Foundry – Guided Tour
32-34 Whitechapel Road, E1

Limited number of places (15)
Arrival time 1.15pm

We have been fortunate in booking one of the few guided tours each year of the oldest manufacturing company in Britain. Established in 1570 (during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I) and being in continuous business since that date, the Foundry celebrated its quatercentenary in 1970.

The Foundry's business has always been, and still concentrates solely on, the manufacture of bells of all kinds and their associated fittings. Famous bells include the original Liberty Bell (1752), the Great Bell of Montreal and, probably best known of all, Big Ben, cast in 1858 and weighing 13½ tons.

Famous visitors include King George V and Queen Mary who came to witness the casting of two bells for Westminster Abbey. The premises are now designated as Grade II listed buildings,

The traditions of craftsmanship and old skills working alongside modern technology today still produce bells which are renowned, at the "sign of the three bells" in London's East End.

£12 per person. To secure the tour 15 tickets have been purchased. To book a place, please send your cheque, payable to “The Marylebone Association”, together with your email or postal address, to Patricia Neville, 136 Harley Street, London W1G 7JZ. (Tel 020 7224 0365, email Confirmation of your booking with travel directions will be sent by email or post.  

Regular Association Events

Pub Evening Monday 14 April, 6.30 – 8pm

At The Larrik, Crawford Place, W1. Giving members and friends the opportunity to meet informally, our business members are also very welcome. Buy your own drinks. Snacks and meals are available at both venues. One of us will always be there at 6.30pm to welcome you.

Book Club

Meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at 6.30pm. Please Note: Our regular venue, Canteen on Baker Street has closed, please contact Andrew Cooper on 020 7402 7587 or email for details of the new venue.

Book to be reviewed

  • 6 May     “Amsterdam” by Ian McEwan
  • 3 June     “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Scrabble Club

On the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Two sessions, starting around 5pm, and 6.30pm - but come and go/play as you please. Scrabble sets and dictionaries provided.  

Please Note: As with the Book Club, the Scrabble club is looking for a new venue. Please contact Rosemary Forgan on 020 7916 9353 /  07887 891977 or email


Our chess evenings are at the moment random depending on who is available. We agree the next date when we meet, always at Costa in Baker Street. Anyone interested in playing should contact Peter German (020 7487 2706) or Lois German (07979 817800).

Marylebone Events

Rotary Club Concert 11th May

Our Friends from the Rotary Club of St. Marylebone World are organising a Peace Variety Music Concert with outstanding musicians to celebrate Peace Around the World and to raise funds for local Rotary charitable projects.

Keith Stuart-Smith takes over as Chairman of the Rotary Club of St. Marylebone on July 1st. Many of you will know Keith from his work on Police Liaison and Licensing for the Association.

To find full details of the concert, go to Rotary Club Concert on our web site

Along with this event, there are a whole host of events happening in the Marylebone area of the next months, for details go to the Marylebone Events page on our web site.

There are also plenty of events for Families, for details of these go to the Family Events page on our web site.

Offers and Promotions

The following offers are form Association Business Members who  actively support our work, please support. them. Full details can be found on the Special Offers page on our web site
  • April sees  the opening of The Pantry at 108 Marylebone Lane with a special offer for Marylebone Association Members.
  • April  15% off at Amber Beauty Salon
  • A new range of bags for men at Aspinal of London
  • Cox + Power jewelers have relocated and are offering 10% discount to members
  • Details of three events at the New Cavendish Club, with Club prices for Marylebone Association Members
  • British Sunday Roast and the Great British Afternoon Tea Party at Reform Social and Grill
  • The Course announces three fascinating new lecture series
  • Four meal deals for couples, families and cinephiles from The Real Greek
  • Villandry has a family-friendly Easter Sunday Lunch, heaps of chocolate Easter treats and flower arranging lessons.

New Business Members

Eco Friendly Dry Cleaners

79 George Street, Loddon,  W1U 8AQ
Tel: 07710 697009

We are a bespoke, eco-friendly dry-cleaner using only biodegradable detergents to deliver a superior clean. Easy drop off and collection service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, means Blanc fits around your busy lifestyle. We also offer a concierge service for companies around Marylebone. 

Womens Ready to Wear and Lingerie - glamorous fashion for a sophisticated look.

22 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4PF

Opening early April

Elegance and natural femininity unite with a touch of ethnic-colonial flair and the Seventies style for Summer 2014

Bright, beautiful colours and golden ornamentation set the visual highlights, inspired by the classical elegance of Marisa Berenson – top model and “Queen of the Scene“ in the sixties and seventies. Through her natural beauty and chameleon-like ability for transformation the granddaughter of the famous fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli progressed to become a modern muse, who for more than thirty years continues to remain an inspiration.

Summer 2014 sees pleated knit skirts, glossy satin or summery light viscose-jersey fabrics and details such as jabots, frills or lace collars – above all on outer garments, creating a feminine retro-feeling.

You are welcome to our informal opening on the evening of Wednesday 9th April.

New Not for Profit  Members

Nursery School/Children’s Centre
12-18 Salisbury Street, London, NW8 8DE,
Tel: 020 7641 5435/6

A community venue working in partnership with Westminster Adult Education Service. Offering full day care, seasonnal care and a crèche.

The Greenside Community Centre, 24 Lilestone Street, NW8 8SR
Tel: 020 7245 2861

Vital Regeneration is a local charity that focuses on breaking the cycle of deprivation through supporting communities that are most in need. Our services include:

  • After-school provision supporting children and their parents;
  • Creative learning programmes helping disadvantaged young people engage with education and employment; Intensive employment and enterprise support helping the jobless into work;
  • Community participation programmes helping people to improve their neighbourhoods.

Every year we reach and support over 3,000 local people. 
For more information visit our website:

That's all for this month. From all the team at the Marylebone Association, we wish you a Happy Easter!

Kind regards, The Marylebone Association News Team
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