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Harley Street – A Guide to the Area

March 25, 2020    |   Panny Antoniou

Harley Street is known around the world as one of the foremost medical districts. With over 3,000 medical practitioners based on or around the street and a wide range of hospitals, clinics, surgeries, and medical practises, it still retains its reputation for medical excellence.

Harley Street was first laid out between 1715 and 1718 following the marriage of Edward Harley and Henrietta Cavendish Holles. The stunning Georgian houses form an important part of the area and many doctors were originally attracted to the area because properties were large enough to be used for their own housing, as well as for their medical practises.

With hospitals, surgeries, clinics, and medical practises including the Harley Street Fertility Clinic, The London Women’s Clinic, and The London Clinic, as well as a range of cosmetic surgeons catering to the rich and famous. In addition, Harley Street has a reputation for educational excellence with Queen’s College London – one of the oldest girls’ schools in England located on the street. The school was founded in 1848.

There were additionally a number of well known people who lived or worked on Harley Street. These include Charles Wilson who was Winston Churchill’s personal physician, Lionel Logue a speech and language therapist made famous when he was played by Geoffrey Rush in Hollywood blockbuster The King’s Speech, and the landscape painter JMW Turner. Today the area is managed by the Howard de Walden Estate – one of the major landlords in the West End who have revitalised the Marylebone Village area.

There are a number of amenities in the Harley Street area which make it a very sought after location for a variety of uses. The fantastic medical facilities notwithstanding, there are a number of other amenities which make Harley Street a desirable place to live and work with proximity to restaurants and bars including the award winning Artesian Bar, and Les 110 Taillevent a French restaurant inspired by the two Michelin star Taillevent restaurant in Paris.


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