Amid the blur of traffic of one of central London’s busiest intersections—the meeting point of Oxford Street, Park Lane, and Edgware Road—the grand Marble Arch is one of the city’s most striking landmarks, and it boasts an impressive royal history.
Marble Arch is one of London’s most photographed sights and a frequent stop on city sightseeing tours. Hop-on hop-off bus tours loop around the intersection, affording a prime view, while black taxi tours stop to let travelers walk beneath the iconic arches. Located at the northeastern corner of Hyde Park, the Arch is also a popular stop on walking or bike tours, and makes an easy detour for shoppers heading to nearby Bond Street.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Visitors are not permitted inside Marble Arch, but it is possible to walk through the arches.
- When visiting Marble Arch, don’t miss a visit to the nearby Speaker’s Corner, a legendary public speaking area, located just inside Hyde Park.
- The monument is easily accessible for wheelchair users, but the closest wheelchair-accessible underground station is Bond Street.
How to Get to There
Marble Arch is located near the northeast entrance to Hyde Park, close to Speaker’s Corner and Oxford Street. The closest underground station is Marble Arch (Central line), while Bond Street station (Central and Jubilee lines) is a 5-minute walk away.
When to Get There
A crowd-free view of Marble Arch is almost impossible, but the monument is particularly impressive at night, when it’s dramatically floodlit. The Arch’s light displays are often changed to mark special events and occasions.
The History of Marble Arch
Designed by architect John Nash and unveiled in 1827, the triumphal arch is a masterpiece of gleaming Carrara marble, inspired by Rome’s Arch of Constantine and featuring fluted Corinthian columns and three archways, cordoned off by bronze gates. Built as a monumental gateway to Buckingham Palace and a tribute to the victories of the Battle of Waterloo, the Arch was moved to Hyde Park in the 1960s.