Showing culture blog archives for: May 2017

An Introduction to Ramadan on Edgware Road

During Ramadan on Edgware Road there is a festive atmosphere from Marble Arch to the Marylebone Flyover. Ramadan (in Arabic رمضان), one of the Five Pillars of Islam, is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, during which observers fast from sunrise to sunset to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. The length…

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What is the Reformers Tree?

The Reformers’ Tree is remembered by a beautiful mosaic on the eastern side of Hyde Park. The circular artwork made from black and white pebbles supposedly marks the spot where the original oak tree once stood, at the convergence of nine different footpaths through the Royal Park. In a park full of trees, why was this…

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What Octavia Hill Did For Marylebone

If the name Octavia Hill does not sound familiar to you, her legacy certainly will. Co-founder of the National Trust, Hill pioneered a model of social housing still in use today. It all started with three unassuming cottages, just minutes from Marble Arch. Although born in Cambridgeshire in 1838, adult Octavia Hill called Marylebone home.…

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Visit The Annunciation Church Marble Arch

The Annunciation sits quietly behind Oxford Street. Shoppers might never know it was there. Yet this cavernous, dramatic Grade II listed church is unmissable from the moment you enter Bryanston Street from Great Cumberland Place. The site The Annunciation sits on has been home to a place of worship since the late eighteenth century. Reportedly a…

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The History of Speakers Corner

On the north-eastern edge of Hyde Park, a stone’s throw from Marble Arch, is Speakers’ Corner. One of the best known locations for public speaking and debate in the world, the premise is simple: anybody can turn up and talk on any subject they like, as long as it is lawful. With Marble Arch tube station…

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