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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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 the publication of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, the poem that made him famous. An enviable location…

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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 Grand Concert Hall in 1836. Then in 1862 it was rebuilt again as the Metropolitan Music Hall. In 1897,…

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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. 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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