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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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Lodging Near Marble Arch

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The Cumberland

The Cumberland

Great Cumberland Place, London
3.7
of 5, from 675 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in City of Westminster, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marble Arch and Selfridges. Hyde Park and London Palladium Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Chic Residency Apartments at Marble Arch

Chic Residency Apartments at Marble Arch

17 Great Cumberland Place, London
5.0
of 5, from 10 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Marylebone, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Marble Arch and Selfridges. Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and Hyde Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$198
Radisson Blu Portman Hotel

Radisson Blu Portman Hotel

22 Portman Square, London
3.8
of 5, from 204 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Ideally situated in leafy Marylebone suburb, the hotel is located within 5 minute walk from Hyde Park, Oxford Street, Selfridges and the luxury Park Lane. Marble Arch tube station is nearby.

$220
Amba Hotel Marble Arch

Amba Hotel Marble Arch

Bryanston Street, London
4.3
of 5, from 97 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Marylebone, this hotel is steps from Selfridges and Marble Arch. Oxford Circus and Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum are also within 15 minutes.

$254
Hyatt Regency London The Churchill

Hyatt Regency London The Churchill

30 Portman Square, London
4.4
of 5, from 140 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located on lovely Portman Square, north of Mayfair, this hotel is 1 block from Oxford Street and 3 blocks from London's Hyde Park.

$410
London Marriott Hotel Park Lane

London Marriott Hotel Park Lane

140 Park Lane, London
4.4
of 5, from 99 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in City of Westminster, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marble Arch and Selfridges. Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$222
Doubletree by Hilton London Marble Arch

Doubletree by Hilton London Marble Arch

4 Bryanston Street, London
4.0
of 5, from 249 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Marylebone, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Selfridges and Marble Arch. Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and London Palladium Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$289
The Montcalm London Marble Arch

The Montcalm London Marble Arch

2, Wallenberg Place, London
4.3
of 5, from 69 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Marylebone, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marble Arch and Selfridges. Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and Royal Academy of Music are also within 1 mi (2 km).