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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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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