The Tusk Rhino Trail charges into Marble Arch

The Tusk Rhino Trail has charged into London and our very own kaleidoscope rhino has made its home at Marble Arch. We’re delighted that The Tusk Trust, a non-profit organisation that works to protect African wildlife, has chosen the…

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Latest sculpture takes ‘Flight’ at Marble Arch

The latest monumental sculpture has taken ‘Flight’ at Marble Arch as part of Westminster City Council’s City of Sculpture programme. David Breuer-Weil’s ‘Flight’ was unveiled today, 31 May 2018, at Marble Arch in conjunction with Christie’s Private Sales.…

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The vibrant history of Maroush and Edgware Road

The vibrant history of Maroush restaurant is an integral aspect of understanding the dynamic and rich culture along Edgware Road. Marouf and Houda Abouzaki brought traditional Lebanese cuisine to London. Little did they know that in opening…

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Bowling over: Celebrating Dame Lucie Rie

On this day, we are honoured to celebrate the wonderful life of Dame Lucie Rie, DBE (16 March 1902 – 1 April 1995), the award-winning British studio potter. We’re bowling over with pride for this past…

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Remembering Olive Schreiner in Marble Arch

In our third series of ‘Marvellous Matriarchs of Marble Arch’ we focus on Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), a suffragist, author and political activist who campaigned against war, for the professional aspirations of women and supported minority cultures. She…

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The Cato Street Conspiracy in Edgware Road

The Marble Arch and Edgware Road area is overflowing with cultural chronicles, interesting insights and ancient anecdotes. A prime example of the rich history in the area is most pertinent today, on the 198th anniversary of…

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Virginia Woolf in Marble Arch

As today marks the 136th birthday of British writer Virginia Woolf, we look into how the Marble Arch area featured in her many writings. Most intriguing is how she pioneered stream of consciousness as a narrative…

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The Auspicious Life of Austin Rudd

Do you know about the auspicious life of Austin Rudd? Rudd (1868-1929) was a music hall songwriter and performer, and is considered one of the nation’s greatest comedians. He was also a resident of Edgware Road for…

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Animals in War Memorial

This month marks the 13th anniversary since HRH The Princess Royal unveiled the Animals in War Memorial in November 2004. The monument, which is located outside Hyde Park near Brook Gate, commemorates the remarkable animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British,…

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Literary Legacy of Marble Arch

This week celebrates two of the country’s literary legends with Roald Dahl Day occurring on Wednesday, 13 September and the Jane Austen £10 note entering circulation on Thursday, 14 September. To celebrate these two special occasions,…

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Marble Arch in ITV’s ‘Victoria’

Did you see Marble Arch in the series premiere of Victoria on ITV? As our Story of Marble Arch details, it was designed to be both a grandiose gateway to the new royal residence of Buckingham…

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Celebrate Yorkshire Day in Marble Arch

Whether it’s dinner (lunch), tea (dinner), bait (snack) or spice (sweets) you’re after, we’ve pinpointed the places to celebrate Yorkshire Day in the Marble Arch area. Yorkshire is synonymous with comforting and tasty foods, but that…

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Emma Cons, the pioneering Marylebone resident

We’re very proud to honour one of the area’s most extraordinary past residents – Emma Cons. Emma was a truly remarkable individual who left positive and progressive influences across London, from reopening The Old Vic and…

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7/7 Memorial at Hyde Park

While Edgware Road and Marble Arch have many wonderful things to commemorate, the attacks on Londoners on 7 July 2005 is not one of them. However, we can all forever honour those affected by the attacks…

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The Gruesome History of Tyburn Tree

The gruesome history of Tyburn Tree has nothing to do with nature or greenery and everything to do with justice and death. Tyburn – meaning ‘place of the elms’ – was a village close to the current…

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Eid Mubarak with food and recipes

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is a time of great celebration and food for Muslims around the world. Family and friends to come together to wish each other ‘Eid…

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Ramadan foods and recipes from Edgware Road

In our article ‘Introduction to the foods of Ramadan’ we described just some of the foods that are consumed before sunrise and after sunset during Ramadan. In this article, we’ve selected some our favourite places to…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Eliots of Crawford Mansions

A green Westminster plaque marks where the Eliots of Crawford Mansions lived on Homer Row. American born poet and playwright T.S. Eliot moved into 18 Crawford Mansions with his wife, Vivienne, in March 1916, shortly after…

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Memories of the Metropolitan Theatre

The Metropolitan Theatre, affectionately known as ‘The Met’, once entertained London from 267 Edgware Road. It had long been a site of leisure and entertainment. From 1524 there was the White Lion pub, which made way for Turnham’s…

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The Cinematic History of Edgware Road

These days, London’s film central is Leicester Square. But back at the start of the 20th century, Edgware Road was pioneering when it came to picture houses and continued to innovate right up to modern times.…

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The Green Wall of Edgware Road

Have you admired the Green Wall of Edgware Road? It’s 200 sq m of sustainable living wall on the side of Edgware Road Bakerloo Line station. Funded by the London Clean Air Fund, the eye-catching greenery was…

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Danse Gwenedour at Marble Arch

Saturday 11 March 2017 saw the official unveiling of Danse Gwenedour at Marble Arch, as part of Westminster’s City of Sculpture series. Councillor Robert Davis MBE DL was joined by contemporary British sculptor Bushra Fakhoury to…

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Who Was Wallenberg?

Have you ever passed the pensive statue next to the Montcalm Hotel on Great Cumberland Place and wondered who was Wallenberg? Walk around the monument and you’ll find out. The inscription reads: “Wallenberg’s bravery helped save the…

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There’s a Forest Under the Flyover

Have you noticed the Forest under the Flyover? The space beneath the Marylebone Flyover was brightened and lightened up in 2016 by a virtual forestscape stencilled to the underside of the imposing structure. Entrepreneur, innovator, artist…

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Track Down 17 Colourful Versions of Marble Arch

Where can you track down 17 colourful versions of Marble Arch? On the platforms at Marble Arch Underground station where the gleaming white marble of the Triumphal Arch upstairs has been replaced with bright colours and bold patterns.…

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Dancing Lessons in Connaught Square

Once upon a time, one could take dancing lessons in Connaught Square and learn how to curtsey like a pro with one of the greatest ballerinas of all time. A blue plaque marks the Georgian Townhouse…

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John Betjeman Wrote a Poem About Marble Arch

In 1968, Sir John Betjeman wrote a poem about Marble Arch and recited it from the monument’s roof in BBC documentary, Contrasts: Marble Arch to Edgware. John Betjeman (1906-1984) was Britain’s Poet Laureate from 1972 until his…

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The History of Marks & Spencer Edgware Road

We came across the M&S Company Archive Twitter feed and found an incredible photo of Marks & Spencer Edgware Road from 1912. Subsequently, the company archivist kindly sent us more photos and these lovely stories about the…

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What Marble Arch Might Have Looked Like

Ever wondered what Marble Arch might have looked like if George IV had lived a little longer? John Nash (1752-1835) was the favoured architect of the Prince Regent, later King George IV. Under George’s auspices Nash…

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What Is A Tyburn Poem?

What is a Tyburn poem? It is a six line format consisting of 2.2.2.2.9.9. syllables. The first four lines rhyme and are all descriptive words. The last two lines rhyme and incorporate the 1st, 2nd, 3rd…

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Midnight Samra: Celebrating Edgware Road

In April 2014, Edgware Road Partnership teamed up with Masters Student Farida Alhusseini from Central Saint Martin’s to bring the exhibition Midnight Samra celebrating Edgware Road to Subway Gallery* in the underpass under the Marylebone Flyover. The exhibition…

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Restoration Of The Tyburn Stone Plaque

The restoration of the Tyburn Stone plaque took place during the summer of 2014, 50 years on from its original installation and dedication. Edgware Road Partnership (the forerunner of Marble Arch BID) commissioned DBR (London) stone…

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Was Marble Arch Ever A Police Station?

Was Marble Arch ever a Police Station? The short answer is no but it was used by the Metropolitan police for over 50 years. It was never a fully functioning police station, i.e. a place to report…

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Inside Edgware Road’s 1926 Signalling Cabin

In September 2016, Edgware Road’s 1926 Signalling Cabin was designated as an item of national historic interest by the Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board. Built in 1926 and operated by the Metropolitan Railway – the world’s…

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Discover A Green Valley Off Edgware Road

Tucked just off Edgware Road, you will find Green Valley grocery shop, every inch of it rammed with ingredients and delicacies sought out by Arabic customers. There are fruits and vegetables – blushing pomegranates, feathery bunches…

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Look at Marble Arch in 1926

Take a look at Marble Arch in 1926 in this jaunty little film clip from Claude Friese-Greene’s ‘The Open Road’ originally filmed in 1925/6 and now re-edited and digitally restored by the BFI National Archive. It is shot from a…

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The Tube Station Wrapped In An Artwork

The London Underground stop at Edgware Road (Circle Line) stop is a tube station wrapped in an artwork. Look up as you disembark from tube trains. Look back at the entrance as you exit and take…

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The Nomadic History Of The Tyburn Stone

The nomadic history of the Tyburn Stone tells of a way marker pointing travellers down the Edgware Road to Tyburn and its various homes.   Standing on a wooden pedestal in the slick modern entrance of one…

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