"Welcome back to the Marylebone Pleasure Gardens..."

A Message from our Directors, 2017

In 1737 Daniel Gough, landlord of the Rose Tavern, opened the inaugural Marylebone Pleasure Gardens. It was said that "Mr Gough’s Tavern and his Gardens, (where no persons of ill repute would be admitted), there would be a Choice Band of performers playing the most celebrated Pieces of Music."

Nearly three centuries later, all three of us are delighted to have revived the music and spirit of the Marylebone Pleasure Gardens, which closed in 1776. This year, we are excited to present you with a festival 240 years in the making, and now in its second edition in the 21st century.

This year, audiences will be serenaded by the Queen’s Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in Manchester Square,  treated to a night at the Opera at the Landmark Hotel with the Orion Orchestra, and singers from English National Opera and the Royal Opera house. We'll enjoy Chamber Music in the Wallace Collection, where performances would once have taken place before the Wigmore Hall was built, as well as celebrating all things Mediterranean with Greek Eurovision Finalist Sarbel, and we'll be spoiled by an evening with critically acclaimed pianist, singer, and songwriter Judith Owen., who after a U.S Tour supporting Bryan Ferry, comes to Marylebone.

It’s our pleasure to welcome you to our 21st century pleasure garden, and celebrate all of the music, charm and vibrance of Marylebone Village as it is today. As the Duke of Buckingham proclaimed in the 18th Century - while toasting yet another glittery season at the Marylebone Pleasure Gardens ‘May as many of us as remain unhanged next spring meet here again’!

Like the Duke , we look forward to raising a glass during this year’s festival, and to start planning next year's. We give special gratitude to all of our sponsors, thanks to whom all proceeds from the MMF festival go to The West London Mission.

See you in the Pleasure Gardens!

Meghan Cassidy, Sue Perkins, and Rick Wakeman.

"A view of the Orchestra with the Band of Music, the Grand Walk &c in Marybone Gardens", engraving from a drawing by J. Donowell, 1761

"A view of the Orchestra with the Band of Music, the Grand Walk &c in Marybone Gardens", engraving from a drawing by J. Donowell, 1761

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