Designed by John Nash in 1828, Marble Arch was intended to be the chief entrance to Buckingham Palace. However, when the Palace was extended, the Arch was relocated to its current position as an entrance to Hyde Park. Built of white Carrara marble, the design was taken from the triumphal arch of Constantine in Rome. The upper part of the Arch has been used as a place for police surveillance. During a riot in 1855 the crowd was brought to order by a body of police, who emerged from the arch taking the demonstrators by surprise. People gather at the Arch these days at what is known as Speakers' Corner, where speakers and hecklers assemble to debate a variety of topics. By tradition, only senior members of the royal family, the King's Troop and the Royal Horse Artillery are allowed to ride or drive through the landmark. The Arch was given a £2.1million revamp in 2009 that saw three surrounding fountains restored and a 27ft statue of a horse placed on the opposite lawn.
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Great Cumberland Place, W1H | 3 minutes from Marble Arch
The cutting edge design of this modern central London hotel boasts a striking first impression. Its grand, spacious lobby has been beautifully filled with contemporary art ... More
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28-30 Seymour St, W1H | 3 minutes from Marble Arch
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London > Attractions > Art Galleries
10 Lees Place, Mayfair, London W1K | 5 minutes from Marble Arch
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13 Connaught Street, Bayswater, London W2 | 5 minutes from Marble Arch
Huge sacks brimming over with coffee beans of every different variety decorate the floorboards of this historic establishment. Savour the smells of freshly roasted and ground ... More
London > Restaurants > Brasseries
The Cumberland Hotel, Great Cumberland Place, Marylebone, London W1H7AL | 1 minute from Marble Arch
The Brasserie at this top-of-the-line hotel offers quality cuisine in a plush, enjoyable setting. The magnificent faux art gallery lobby of the Cumberland Hotel leads into ... More
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Hyatt Regency Hotel The Churchill, 8 Seymour Street, Marylebone, London W1H | 2 minutes from Marble Arch
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Photographers' Gallery 13 minutes walk from Marble Arch
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Royal Academy of Arts 15 minutes walk from Marble Arch
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