Speakers' Corner

 
 
ADDRESS
Hyde Park, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH 
 
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Free
 

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Speakers' CornerNot strictly classed "entertainment", this bastion of British free public speech and free assembly can prove one of the most absorbingly unique, theatrical activities the city has to offer. Located on the corner of Park Lane and Cumberland Gate, opposite Marble Arch tube, Speakers' Corner is the spiritual home of the British democratic tradition of soapbox oratory. Every Sunday since the right of free assembly was recognised in 1872 in the Royal Parks and Garden's Act, people from all walks of life have gathered to listen to speeches about anything and everything... and to heckle. From Socialism to Sunday trading, sausages to space invaders, the opinions aired here are varied and fascinating. While Karl Marx, Lenin, George Orwell, and William Morris have all used this spot to express their ideals and beliefs, your average speaker isn't quite as high profile. The coherence of the speakers also varies greatly, but as a whole it makes for great street theatre. Come and watch, come and heckle, or, if you have a burning desire to share your opinions with the world, come and spout - take something to stand on and start pontificating. Although Sunday morning is the best time to visit, speakers can now be found on the corner throughout the week.

Best for: Marxism, Socialism, Capitalism, public protestations and pontifications, rants and ramblings.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Marble Arch Tube Station
 
2 minutes walk
 
Bond Street Tube Station
 
9 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Marylebone Railway Station
 
14 minutes walk
 
Paddington Railway Station
 
16 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Marble Arch Car Parks
 
3 minutes walk
 
Mayfair Car Park
 
4 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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London > Shopping > Chemists
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London > Shopping > Ladies Fashion
23 New Quebec Street, Marylebone, London W1H | 4 minutes from Speakers' Corner
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London > Restaurants >
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19 Wigmore Street, W1U | 12 minutes from Speakers' Corner
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41 Farm Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 9 minutes from Speakers' Corner
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Victoria
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10a Strathearn Place, Paddington, London W2 | 10 minutes from Speakers' Corner
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94a Crawford Street, Marylebone, London W1H | 10 minutes from Speakers' Corner
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The Red Bar
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86-90 Park Lane, Marble Arch, W1K | 3 minutes from Speakers' Corner
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86-90 Park Lane, W1K | 5 minutes from Speakers' Corner
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Chakana
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Kai Althoff
Exhibitions | Until 15th November 2014 

Michael Werner Gallery 3 minutes walk from Speakers' Corner

Paintings, sculptures and illustrations by the artist....More

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Exhibitions | On 1st October 2014 

Wallace Collection 9 minutes walk from Speakers' Corner

Given by Tobias Capwell....More

Les Paladins
Concerts | On 1st October 2014 

Wigmore Hall 11 minutes walk from Speakers' Corner

The Baroque ensemble, with soprano Sandrine Piau, presents works by Rameau under direction of Jerome Correas. The programme includes the ...More

Graham Sadler: Talk
Exhibitions | On 1st October 2014 

Wigmore Hall 11 minutes walk from Speakers' Corner

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She Was Despised: Handel And Susannah Cibber
She Was Despised: Handel And Susannah Cibber
Exhibitions | Until 28th November 2014 

Handel House Museum 12 minutes walk from Speakers' Corner

The Handel House Museum looks at the life of actress and singer Susannah Cibber, who was born 300 years ago. ...More

 
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Exhibitions | On 1st October 2014 

The Frontline Club 13 minutes walk from Speakers' Corner

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We Will Remember Them: London's Great War Memorials
Exhibitions | Until 30th November 2014 

Wellington Arch 14 minutes walk from Speakers' Corner

Commemorating the First World War, English Heritage presents We Will Remember Them: London's Great War Memorials at The Quadriga Gallery, ...More

J D Fergusson's World War I Work
Exhibitions | On 1st October 2014 

The Fleming Collection 15 minutes walk from Speakers' Corner

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Madame Tussauds - Priority Entrance Tickets
Madame Tussauds - Priority Entrance Tickets
Attraction | Next performance 1st October 2014 

Madame Tussauds 15 minutes walk from Speakers' Corner

In 1835, Marie Tussaud - former sculptor to the court of Louis XVI - established a sideshow of waxworks of ...More

 
Newsjack
Comedy | Until 29th October 2014 

BBC Broadcasting House 16 minutes walk from Speakers' Corner

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