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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Jimi Hendrix Stayed at the Cumberland Hotel

Jimi Hendrix stayed at the Cumberland Hotel on numerous occasions. It was there that he gave his final interview to Keith Altham for the NME on 11 September 1970, six days before he was found dead of an overdose in an apartment in Notting Hill. He was just 27. Jimi Hendrix’s last address is recorded as The…

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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 death. When his Collected Poems came out in 1958 they made publishing history and have since sold over two…

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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 history of the Edgware Road store.  The Penny Bazaar opened at 228 Edgware Road on 1 December 1912, covering…

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Knighthood for Architect of The Edison, David Adjaye

The New Year’s Honours List 2017 announced a Knighthood for Architect of The Edison, David Adjaye. Sir David Adjaye OBE and his international architectural practice, Adjaye Associates, are based at The Edison, 223 Old Marylebone Road. Among his many architectural achievements are the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, the…

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A Closer Look at Marble Arch and its Sculpture

Have you ever taken a closer look at Marble Arch and its sculpture and wondered what it all means and what’s it made of? Read on for a detailed tour of all its features.  The whole Arch is clad in Ravaccione, a grey/white type of Carrara marble from Italy. This was the first time marble…

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