The Marylebone is a luxury hotel nestled within the heart of one of the most fashionable areas of London.

As part of the hotel’s refurbishment plans for the event and meeting space, Ultimate Library were asked to curate a bespoke book collection for both the Library Room and the Blue Room within the new Marylebone Rooms, to help create a stylish new collection of contemporary event spaces.

Working with the award-winning interior designer Michaelis Boyd to a tight timeline, Ultimate Library put together a collection of over 200 hardback reading and illustrated titles, to transform two utilitarian spaces into vibrant and inviting event spaces.

Books were selected with both content and look in mind, thereby complimenting the interior designer’s brief and overall stylish new aesthetic. Both the collections had to reflect the surrounding area, providing a sense of local culture and local history as well as showcasing the best of art, fashion and lifestyle.

To generate a dialogue with the guests and books Ultimate Library designed bespoke bookplates in conjunction with the hotel’s current branding as part of the guest engagement programme.



The Library Room

The collection was tailored according to the complex dimensions of the contemporary joinery. Illustrated books made up a large proportion of The Marylebone’s collection as, due to the height of the shelving compartments, a visually commanding collection of titles were required to make an aesthetic statement.



The Blue Room

With a slightly smaller collection, illustrated and hardback reading books were placed around the room, adorning coffee tables, side tables and a statement mirrored shelving unit at the end of the room.


‘Ultimate Library worked to an exceedingly tight time frame to curate an aesthetically pleasing and informative collection for the refurbished Marylebone Rooms. Collaborating with us and our interior designer, they provided us with the right books to help set the tone of the rooms and the central London location. The book collection has brought a personal and thoughtful touch to our guests’ overall experience and we would highly recommend their services again.’

Garreth Walsh, General Manager, The Marylebone


Please scroll down to find our favourite books in the Marylebone’s collection:

The Decent of Man

By Grayson Perry

The brilliant, insightful and funny musings of a fantastic artist on what it is to man and what it means to be ‘masculine’.

A London Year: 365 Days of City in Diaries, Journals and Letters

By Travis Elborough

Spanning a period of six centuries, the entries (one for each day of the year) paint a fascinating and enticing portrait of London through the ages.

London: A Literary Anthology

By Richard Fairman

As Samuel Johnson once put it, ‘when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life’. This book is an anthology of excerpts from the literary work that is set in these hallowed streets.


The Crown Jewels

By Anna Keay

Keay’s book not only captures the deep and captivating history surrounding these jewels that are synonymous with Britain and her monarchy, but also provides us with a sumptuous visual banquet of these magnificent examples of craftsmanship.

Grace: The American Vogue Years

By Grace Coddington

A showcase of some of the finest fashion photography from Coddington’s sparkling career as editor of Vogue. Including her collaborations with Mario Testino, Craiig McDean and David Sims.