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Marble Arch

Admire the intricate sculptures on this grand three-arched monument, which is modeled on Rome’s Arch of Constantine.

Marble Arch is an elegant triumphal arch with three bays. Although the arch was initially constructed as part of Buckingham Palace, the monument now stands on a plaza beside Hyde Park. Take photos of your family in front of one of the most iconic structures in the city.

Built for the royal family in the early 1800s, Marble Arch retains its regal allure despite having been moved to a different location in 1851. Numerous theories circulate as to why it was relocated: some say it was because the central arch was too narrow for the royal stage coach, others say it needed to be moved out of the way to make way for a palace extension.

Well-known architect John Nash, who also worked on the palace itself, took inspiration for the design from Rome’s Arch of Constantine. Like the famous ancient monument, Marble Arch contains one large portal with two smaller arches either side. Above the arches are carved reliefs representing England, Scotland and Ireland.

Make like royalty and pass under the central arch. This entrance was initially reserved only for use by Britain’s royal family and members of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. Imagine yourself as a reigning monarch as you go through.

Enjoy a picturesque stroll through the vast Hyde Park. Go boating on Serpentine Lake, listen to open-air debates at Speakers’ Corner and admire the floral displays of Kensington Gardens. Walk southeast to Buckingham Palace and try to envision how the arch would look today as part of the palace’s entrance.

Marble Arch is in its namesake area, just west of Mayfair. The monument stands on the northeastern corner of Hyde Park, a short walk north from the famous Speakers’ Corner and the U.S. Embassy. Ride the London Underground to Marble Arch station. Many buses also stop beside the monument.


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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London Aquarium are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lambeth North Underground Station is 6 minutes.

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    The Montcalm London Marble Arch

    The Montcalm London Marble Arch

    2, Wallenberg Place, London, England
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Marble Arch and Oxford Street. Hyde Park and Park Lane are also within 5 minutes. Marble Arch Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bond Street Underground Station is 11 minutes.

      Great Cumberland Place AU$198
      Great Cumberland Place

      Great Cumberland Place

      20 Great Cumberland Place, London, England
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Marble Arch, Oxford Street and Hyde Park. Park Lane and Baker Street are also within 10 minutes. Marble Arch Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bond Street Underground Station is 8 minutes.

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        Stylish 2-bedroom Apartment Near Marble Arch

        Stylish 2-bedroom Apartment Near Marble Arch

        Sussex Gardens 1, London, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Marble Arch, Oxford Street and Hyde Park. Park Lane and Selfridges are also within 10 minutes. Marble Arch Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bond Street Underground Station is 8 minutes.

          Sussex Gardens Apartments
          Sussex Gardens Apartments

          Sussex Gardens Apartments

          1 Sussex Gardens, London, England
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Marble Arch, Oxford Street and Hyde Park. Park Lane and Selfridges are also within 10 minutes. Marble Arch Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bond Street Underground Station is 8 minutes.

            Modern Studio Near Marble Arch & Oxford Street
            Modern Studio Near Marble Arch & Oxford Street

            Modern Studio Near Marble Arch & Oxford Street

            4 Arvon Court, 5 Titchborne Row, London, England
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Marble Arch, Oxford Street and Hyde Park. Park Lane and Selfridges are also within 10 minutes. Marble Arch Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bond Street Underground Station is 8 minutes.

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              Bright Apartment in Marble Arch by Allô Housing

              Bright Apartment in Marble Arch by Allô Housing

              Flat 207, 11-15 Harrowby Street, London, England
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Marble Arch, Oxford Street and Hyde Park. Park Lane and Selfridges are also within 10 minutes. Marble Arch Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bond Street Underground Station is 8 minutes.

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                Hard Rock Hotel London

                Hard Rock Hotel London

                Great Cumberland Pl, Marylebone, London, England
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Marble Arch, Oxford Street and Park Lane. Hyde Park and Selfridges are also within 10 minutes. Marble Arch Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bond Street Underground Station is 9 minutes.