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. Here’s a look back at the cinematic history of Edgware Road. “Recreations” Cinematograph Theatre, 1909-64 The “Recreations Theatre” was the…

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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 installed in 2011 as “just one of a range of innovative and targeted measures … introduced by the Mayor, Boris…

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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 unveil the latest piece of public art at Marble Arch. Bushra Fakhoury described how Danse Gwenedour depicts the human…

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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 lives of as many as 100,000 men, women and children, destined for the death camps only because they were…

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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 and maker Manou Bendon was commissioned by Transport for London (TfL) to create the surprising piece of public art in the midst…

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A Vintage Aerial View of Edgware Road and Marble Arch

This vintage aerial view of Edgware Road and Marble Arch was published as a postcard by Aircraft Manufacturing Co (Airco) sometime between 1918-1920. But the image is older. Peter Berthoud, who obtained the postcard, did some detective work and concludes that the photograph was taken circa 1913. Take a closer look at the picture and…

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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. There are 17 different murals in total, offering dizzying permutations of the Grade I listed monument, punctuated by station…

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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 where Marie Taglioni, one of the most famous ballerinas of the nineteenth century and arguably one of the most…

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