Portland Village Introduction

During the last 300 years, the area now called Portland Village has been transformed from what was open farmland into bustling streets with fine architecture. The Portland Village area of interest straddles the border of Marylebone and Fitzrovia which runs along Great Portland Street.

Famous former residents include Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his sister Christina Rossetti, the painter Sir Peter Francis Bourgeois, the writer William Gerhardi, the conductor and founder of The Proms Sir Henry Joseph Wood, American journalist and broadcaster Edward R Murrow, World War Two hero Wing Commander Forest Frederick Edward Yeo-Thomas, the radio and television writer Ernest Dudley, the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, amongst numerous others.

Today the area hosts many residential, commercial and educational properties, and first-class hospitals. There are churches such as All Saints, Margaret Street, All Souls, Langham Place and St Marylebone Parish Church of considerable architectural and historical importance, and also the Central Synagogue. The Royal Institute of British Architects is also in the heart of the village as are many embassies and some notable hotels.

The area manages to combine the tranquillity of a village with the vibrant atmosphere of city life, with The Regent's Park and many tree-lined squares for outdoor enjoyment.

The broadcast media is very well represented in the village in that the BBC's Broadcasting House and other notable media entities have their headquarters are located here.

There are a variety of excellent restaurants, bars and shops to suit different tastes and moods. The area is well connected in that it offers numerous choices of underground lines and bus routes.

This site's remit is to provide information about the history, amenities and local initiatives of the Portland Village area. It supports current community efforts, both by local businesses and residents, to regenerate and improve our local streets.