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Marble Arch

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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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Caesar Hotel
Caesar Hotel
4 out of 5
26-33 Queens Gardens, Hyde Park, London, England
The price is $105 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hyde Park, Natural History Museum, and Queen Mary's Gardens. Oxford Circus and National Gallery ...
4.3/5Excellent! (926 reviews)
"Absolutely brilliant stay! Very clean and the staff cannot do enough to help! Five min walk from Paddington station will definitely stay again!"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

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DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
4 out of 5
100 Cromwell Road, London, England
The price is $123 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in London City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall. Hyde ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (920 reviews)
"Great stay for a week with the kids. Nice and easy walk to all museums. Lovely garden area with cover to keep them happy on the day it chucked down with rain Bar staff were a bit overwhelmed which meant took ages to get to our order. Other than this it was a clean and friendly environment for myself ..."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

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The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
The price is $178 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus, and London Dungeon. Big Ben and ...
4/5Very Good! (3,119 reviews)
"The refurbishment of the hotel is excellent and in good taste and in keeping with the age of the hotel. The location is ideal for being in central London. The room we stayed in was spacious and modern. The staff were lovely. We will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

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Imperial Court Suites
Imperial Court Suites
4 out of 5
81-83 Inverness Terrace, London, England
The price is $70 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
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4 out of 5
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The price is $105 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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4 out of 5
100 Cromwell Road, London, England
The price is $123 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
The price is $178 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
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4 out of 5
225 Edgware Road, London, England
The price is $118 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
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5 out of 5
222 Marylebone Road, London, England
The price is $372 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
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4 out of 5
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The price is $197 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
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The price is $168 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
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