Learn more about Marble Arch and what there is to see and do nearby.
Marble Arch, a marble monument situated close to Speakers' Corner, was originally intended to be a triumphal arch, marking the gateway to Buckingham Palace. Later, however, it was moved to the top right hand corner of Hyde Park, marking the entrance to The Great Exhibition. Dating from 1828, it was designed by noted architect John Nash, who is responsible for designing some of London's most celebrated Regency structures and buildings.
We've established that Marble Arch is an arch made of marble, but is it also an area in itself? Before the arch was moved to its current location, the area now known as Marble Arch was called Tyburnia, due to the fact that the River Tyburn ran through it. For many years after the arch was moved to its current spot the area was still known as 'Tyburnia'. The area only changed its name to 'Marble Arch' after the tube station opened in 1900.
The arch stands at the point where Oxford Street, Park Lane, and the Edgware Road meet. The Marble Arch area can loosely be defined as those surrounding areas which have a view of the arch, while Marble Arch tube station itself, on the Central Line, has meant that the small area around it is now referred to as 'Marble Arch'.
The neighbourhood which surrounds the arch boasts some of the most sought-after and expensive residential property in the capital. There are a great many luxury hotels by Marble Arch, including The Dorchester and Claridges, while Hyde Park and Bond Street are on the doorstep. It's easy to see why visitors and locals alike can't help but be drawn to this area.
Hyde Park is the main attraction, with its boating lake, The Serpentine. The Serpentine Galleries, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, and the Royal Albert Hall are all in the vicinity. Green Park is not far, while the world-famous thoroughfares of Piccadilly, Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street can be reached easily.
What's the neighbourhood like to live in?
Marble Arch is in a very central, busy location, and yet its proximity to Hyde Park and other green spaces is a draw for those who are keen to rent or buy in the area. Not only is everything on the doorstep - from Soho and the West End to Knightsbridge, Marylebone and Kensington – but the area retains a quiet, almost peaceful atmosphere. It can be rather touristy, but always feels like home to its locals. Marble Arch benefits from its varied yet stately architecture. Numerous garden squares are dotted about nearby, while its elegant buildings have helped make the area a renowned destination for those in search of prime central London property.
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