Positioned next to a Conran furniture design shop on Marylebone High Street, plenty of style has rubbed off on the Orrery. Now it has thrown open its terrace doors for the summer to the Marylebone fashionistas who can make drinking and eating that much more delicate and refined than I could ever manage.
An epicerie on the ground floor beside its discreet front doors (I nearly missed it) and a restaurant and bar on the first, the set is complete with the terrace now open for drinks and light meals.
Backing onto Conran’s glass walled top floor, views take in the surrounding greenery of Marylebone Church Gardens while floral displays are modelled by designers McQueens, making the cosy area a charming spot for a cocktail on those (whisper it) balmy London evenings.
Champagne tastings are also set to be hosted on the terrace, away from the hustle and bustle of the High Street. The first of three champers tastings will be held on June 9 with some Pol Roger/Jacquesson bubbly. Two more will follow in July and August (check their website for details), while the restaurant is also hoping to hold a cigar evening in July, with details still being finalised.
Below the Summer Terrace, head chef Igor Tymchyshyn shows off his Michelin star pedigree with classic French dishes in the restaurant while there’s also an indoor bar for when the summer showers inevitably fall. The epicery serves lighter meals and take-away snacks and meals alongside bread and other deli items. With the terrace offering something a little more laid back, there’s plenty to keep those Conran shoppers next door popping in after a hard day’s retail therapy.
CREDIT: The venue holds regular wine tastings and will be hosting a range of events over the summer including a wine dinner and Bastille day menu. Orrery’s Summer Terrace is available for entertaining and can accommodate 20 seated or 80 guests for a standing reception. For more information email OrreryEvents@danddlondon.com or call 020 7616 8000. Nearest tube stations are Baker Street (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Metropolitan) and Regent’s Park (Bakerloo).