If you are visiting London and want to see famous sights such as Hyde Park, Oxford Street, the West End and Buckingham Palace – then Marble Arch in the city of Westminster is the place for you to stay! The Marble Arch monument that gives the area its name is a very popular tourist attraction in itself and brings many visitors to the area. It stands on the corner of Hyde Park near Speaker’s Corner and is instantly recognisable.
So, what is Marble Arch’s history?
The area around Marble Arch is originally where the old Tyburn Gallows stood. Dating back to the 12th century, it was here that many of the most notorious criminals were hung. The hanging galleries were used here until 1783. Once the gallows were removed, the grand squares and terraces of Tyburnia (now known as Hyde Park Estate) were built and this changed the areas reputation of being filthy to a more respected one, which also brought more people into the area.
The Marble Arch itself was designed by John Nash and was based on the triumphant arch of Constantine in Rome. It was built in white marble and was originally located in front of Buckingham Palace as the Palace’s main entrance. When Queen Victoria and Prince Albert decided to extend the Palace in 1851, the Marble Arch became redundant and therefore it was moved to where it stands now as an entrance to Hyde Park.
With the changing of time, and the increase in vehicles being honoured with new roads, Marble Arch became unceremoniously located on a traffic island in one of the busiest areas in London. But to this day it still remains an impressive sight to say the least and is a statement photograph in many London tourist brochures.
Why Stay in Marble Arch?
The Marble Arch is located a 5-minute walk away from the Montcalm Marble Arch Hotel making it easily accessible. And as if this isn’t reason enough to stay here then this hotel is also home to some of the most luxury hotel rooms in London making it a great choice of hotel to use as a base to relax and unwind in after a day exploring the sights.
These days the area of Marble Arch is a hive of activity and the hustle and bustle of the area just adds to its charm. Staying here will leave you surrounded by many bars and restaurants near the arch as well as some of the most famous tourist attractions in London. The nightlife in this area is also something Marble Arch prides itself on.
Marble Arch is extremely accessible to other parts of London thanks to it having its own tube station. Paddington station is also only a short taxi or tube ride away and here there are great links into and out of London. Paddington also runs services to and from Heathrow Airport.