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 location of Marble Arch and so-called for its position adjacent to the Tyburn Brook, a tributary of the lost…

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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 Mubarak’ (meaning ‘happy Eid’ or ‘blessed Eid’) and streets and homes will come alive with music, chatter and the…

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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 eat or shop for Ramadan foods on Edgware Road, followed by two recipes inspired by the area. The pre-dawn…

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Where are all the Souvenirs of Marble Arch?

Have you seen any souvenirs of Marble Arch? Up until the 1960s Marble Arch was on the top 10 list of things to see in London. As this postcard shows, it was up there with St Paul’s, Tower of London and Parliament as an attraction to write home about and sight to want a souvenir of. There…

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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 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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