If you find yourself in the Marylebone station area with half-an-hour to kill before your train leaves but due to reduced circumstances can’t stretch to a drink in the Landmark Hotel, avoid the anthropomorphological experiments in the concourse’s Victoria & Albert by turning left and left again down a small mews where you will find the very lovely and very diminutive Swan and Edgar pub.
Brought to you by the people who run the Blitz parties, it’s the kind of place that will likely cause you to miss your train. Uniquely for this part of town, books, not glassy-eyed patrons, prop up a bar serving devilishly good cocktails. Meanwhile, if you’re peckish, an equally cute restaurant upstairs serves tasty pies and that old staple beloved of rickets-infected Victorian Londoners, the Scotch egg.
Swan & Edgar, 43 Linhope Street, Marylebone, London, NW1 6HL