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Historical Places To Go In Marylebone

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The Marylebone area is known for its history, and often times, people will go to the United Kingdom, and its major cities, to experience the history of the world. Some of the most famous people in the world either came from England or lived and died there. One such person was Benedict Arnold, and he made a name for himself by being a traitor in America, but he actually joined the British army, and had a house in Marylebone. For people who visit the area, the Benedict Arnold house is available for tours and other information about this interesting man.

The House of Benedict Arnold

For people who are not aware of the fact that Marylebone is the home of Benedict Arnold’s house, it is located on Gloucester Place. The home served as his residence from the year 1796 until his death in 1801. Many people in either the United States or the United Kingdom really have no idea who Benedict Arnold was, except that his name means someone who is a traitor. Here is more information about who Arnold was, and the reasons why he is so famous as a traitor who betrayed one country for another:

Historical Places To Go In Marylebone

Arnold’s Early Life

Arnold was born on January 14th, 1741. He was named after his father and his great grandfather. He was one of six children, but only one his sibling, his sister Hannah, lived to become adults. The rest of the Arnold children all died of yellow fever. Already part of a famous family, Arnold’s great grandfather was a governor of Rhode Island when it was still a colony.

Arnold’s First Job

Arnold was a successful businessman who was widely known as a pharmacist. He had his own pharmacy in New Haven, Connecticut. He worked in the pharmacy to pay off the debt’s left by his father, and also used the money to support his mother and his sister. Arnold’s father had already died at this point of alcoholism when Arnold was just 20 years old.

Historical Places To Go In Marylebone

Arnold’s Military Career

As a businessman, Arnold enjoyed success until two acts handed down from the British crown made business difficult. The Sugar Act of 1765 and the Stamp Act of 1765 both hit the colonies hard, and Arnold was part of those that opposed them. This is how Arnold began his service into the military and his part in the Revolutionary War.

Arnold’s Betrayal

There were many reasons why Arnold was not happy and thought about going over to the British side. He had been passed over for promotion many times, and the United States was still struggling to become an independent nation, and there were conflicts with the Congress, and Arnold did not feel like the United States was going to make it. He expressed his displeasure about everything in a letter to General Nathanael Greene. By 1780, Arnold was given command of West Point, and his plan was to surrender it to the British crown. His plot was foiled, and Arnold joined the British side and fought for them.

Benedict Arnold has been labeled a traitor by the United States, but he is not a traitor to Britain. Arnold’s house is located in Marylebone, and it is open for people to visit. One country’s traitor is another country’s patriot, and people have found the house of Benedict Arnold an interesting place to visit while in the United Kingdom.

The 5 Best Outdoor Pubs In Marylebone

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For its small size, about one kilometre by two, the London village of Marylebone contains over 300 pubs and bars, homage to that favored activity after a long day’s work to unwind and enjoy a favored brew or cocktail with the villagers. There are five that will be featured here, not in any particular order because one man’s pub is another’s tavern is another’s inn is another’s bar.

It might be well to mention that these terms are often confused and, after all, what one calls a thing is merely a moniker and not always fully descriptive of the thing. For example, a pub, the long-standing foreshortened moniker for a public house, is any establishment serving liquor whether that means a fine brew on draught or a chemistry-induced cocktail of many colors and tastes.

The 5 Best Outdoor Pubs In Marylebone

But that also describes many bars, taverns and inns; the latter typically implying accommodations of rooms to let or food served. Although a tavern does not typically hold the distinction of rooms (but food is often available), a tavern may also be a liquor-serving establishment that accommodates rooms, and it may be a hotel with no liquor served.

Confused? Never mind. After a good drink, no one really cares whether one is in a pub or an inn..

Let’s begin with The Grazing Goat, an elegant pub located near the Marble Arch in southwestern Marylebone. On a quiet, cobblestone road, The Grazing Goat offers a small outdoor setting for a great drink and a great meal. It is listed first only because it offers every definition of a pub/inn/tavern/bar in that it offers great drinking, but also food elegantly prepared, with dining in and outdoors and a few rooms to rest the bones should that need arise.

The Duke of Wellington in northeast Marylebone features a larger accommodation of outdoor seating to enjoy the street life while sipping a fine brew. The Duke recently did a makeover to change the appearance, but not the atmosphere of the old pub. A 30-year valued customer looked around at the dark oak floor, the crisp, white tablecloths and walls, but the same cherished bar and commented something about the place being due for a good cleaning. He approved and continues to be a valued customer.

The Harcourt Arms, also northeast, is a Swedish pub that features the only beer garden in Marylebone. It is off the street, but outdoors (the tables have umbrellas), making it the most intimate of outdoor pub environments in Marylebone. On clear days in winter, the beer garden can still be enjoyed with gas heaters.

In far northwest Marylebone is found the Chapel. It features what may be Marylebone’s largest outdoor garden dpace for accommodating up to 60 people at umbrella-covered tables in a closed space away from the street noise.

Finally, in central Marylebone is found the Londonist’s top pub in Marylebone, The Barley Mow. It probably features the least amount of space in outdoor pub experience among these five, but it certainly makes up for that lack by great drinking, food and service.