Changes to Tobacco Advertising

Changes to tobacco advertising rules were set out in the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations which came into force on 20 May 2016. These Regulations take full effect on 21 May 2017. These new rules may affect businesses offering shisha to their customers and could apply to: The way in which shisha pipes and bottles…

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Does begging affect your business?

Does begging affect your business, staff, customers, guests, school or community? Help the police and the City Council by providing an impact statement. The Marble Arch Street Team works closely with the Metropolitan Police and Westminster Council to reduce begging and anti-social behaviour in the area. Most begging in the area is organised by gangs,…

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New morning service for the Marble Arch Street Team

A new morning service for the Marble Arch Street Team commences on 1 March 2017. In response to business requests, we are extending the hours of the Marble Arch Street Team, to include a morning shift from 8am. The Street Team was introduced by Marble Arch BID in August 2016, and they had already attended…

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Green light for Marble Arch Pop-up Theatre

Westminster City Council has given the green light for a Marble Arch pop-up theatre. Plans were submitted in December 2016 by Underbelly, who have a track record of producing successful pop up productions across the UK. Part of the island on which the Marble Arch monument sits will be used to host a 650 seat…

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We’re Hiring: Marketing & PR Manager

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an organised and self-starting professional to lead on marketing, communications and public relations for Marble Arch London Business Improvement District. The Marketing and PR Manager contributes to the BID’s aims of improving and enhancing, promoting and celebrating Marble Arch by managing a programme of activities that raises the profile…

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Dedicated Personal Deliveries Portal

A dedicated personal deliveries portal has been launched by Marble Arch BID, offering people who live and work in the area a full range of local click and collect services. It is estimated that 40% of deliveries to offices are personal deliveries, adding to the number of small scale freight journeys on roads in the…

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Sign up for Personal Safety Training

Marble Arch London is offering free personal safety training if you work in the Marble Arch or Edgware Road area. Responding to requests from businesses in the area, we’re introducing a series of personal safety training workshops, delivered by our experienced training consultant Anna Blair. Anna has over 16 years’ security training experience, designing and…

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Business Security Training for Shops & Restaurants

Following initial courses in July 2016 Marble Arch London is offering a new series of free business security training for retailers and restaurateurs. Courses will cover managing aggressive or anti-social behaviour, dealing with persistent beggars and rose sellers, suspicious behaviour, theft of customer property and card fraud. If you have any other concerns, please let…

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Changes to Central London Buses

Transport for London (TfL) have proposed changes to Central London buses and are currently consulting on the proposals. The Mayor has committed to improving life in London, by tackling air quality, encouraging cycling and walking, transforming Oxford Street and introducing the bus hopper ticket and freezing public transport fares. Recent investment in upgrading the Tube…

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New Pedestrian and Cyclist Crossings open at Marble Arch

Two new pedestrian and cyclist crossings open at Marble Arch to make the busy junction safer. Work by Transport for London (TfL), with contributions from The Portman Estate and Almacantar, took place over four weekends in November to create a safer link between The Marble Arch and Great Cumberland Place, including a dedicated 2m wide…

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Five Guys Named Moe bound for Marble Arch

A major revival of the hit musical Five Guys Named Moe is proposed at Marble Arch, in a new pop-up West end theatre. In association with Cameron Mackintosh, producers Underbelly plan to provide an immersive and immediate performance, featuring the songs of pioneering American jazz musician and songwriter Louis Jordan, created by Clarke Peters. Using…

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Eating Out On Christmas Day: What’s Open

Are you eating out on Christmas Day? Most London businesses shut down completely on Christmas Day, public transport included. However, Edgware Road is one of the few places in town with plenty of restaurants open all day and ready to welcome you in. We’ve checked with Maroush and all their venues on Edgware Road will…

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Marble Arch Street Team Christmas and New Year Hours

Our Street Team will operate as per usual during the Christmas period, patrolling for eight hours every day between Tuesday and Saturday. The Marble Arch Street Team Christmas hours will see them continue to finish at 8pm Tuesday – Thursday, at 9pm on Fridays and at 10pm on Saturdays, including Christmas Eve and New Year’s…

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The First Marble Arch Food Tour

It was a wet and windy November night but the group that gamely joined us for the first Marble Arch food tour were lovely. The food and drink tour included stops for wine tasting, lots of mezze, ice cream, cocktails and chocolate fudge, across the Edgware Road and Marble Arch areas. Many thanks to Philglass…

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The Big Switch On in Pictures

Edgware Road’s Christmas Lights were switched on with the help of pupils from The Minerva Academy on the evening of 16 November. Councillor Heather Acton and the BID’s Chairman Martin Ramskill were joined by 12 School Council pupils, to press the button to start the illumination of Edgware Road. London’s Transport Choir sang carols while…

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Ever wondered about the Story of Marble Arch?

All through the summer we’ve been working on a brochure telling the little-known story of Marble Arch. Ever wondered how it ended up on a traffic island at the corner of Hyde Park? Did you know the sculpture originally intended for the Arch can be found elsewhere across London? Have you ever noticed that England,…

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Personal Deliveries: we road tested the alternatives

In London, 40% of online shoppers send their purchase to their work address, to avoid missing a delivery at home. This means a lot of extra vans in the capital, with 28% of vehicles on the road during the morning peak being delivery vehicles, impacting on air quality, availability of kerb space, pedestrian comfort and…

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New Culture Blog Shares Local Stories Past And Present

Our new culture blog highlights the rich heritage of Marble Arch and Edgware Road, telling the many stories of the people who live and work here, the businesses that have made this their home, tales of the inspiration behind public art and memorials, legends of music, cinema and theatre. From Jimi Hendrix to John Betjeman,…

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Safer Crossings at Great Cumberland Place

Work starts on 4 November to provide new safer crossings at Great Cumberland Place at its junction with Marble Arch. Over 2,500 people cross Great Cumberland Place in front of Marble Arch per hour at peak times, without a fully signalised pedestrian phase. Works by Transport for London (TfL), with contributions from The Portman Estate…

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Chiltern Street Christmas Shopping Event

Our friends over at Chiltern Street want you to save the date for their Christmas Shopping Event on Wednesday 23 November. Here’s what they have to say: “For one night only, shops on Chiltern Street will extend their opening hours until 9pm, where shoppers can enjoy a host of special promotions and offers, alongside complimentary festive…

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Action on Vehicle Idling

As one of the partners in the Marylebone Low Emission Neighbourhood recently awarded £1m by the Mayor of London, Marble Arch London took to the streets with others across Marylebone on 21 October, to raise awareness of engine idling and to give practical advice to drivers. Poor air quality is a major concern for Londoners.…

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Fancy a Foodie Tour of Edgware Road and Marble Arch?

Following the interest created around our local eating out guide, we’re launching free Food and Drink Tours to introduce you to the diverse gastronomic delights around our patch. In November, food expert, Helen Graves, will lead groups around a selection of completely different restaurants, tasting food and drink along the way. First tour is on Monday…

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Project Griffin Counter Terrorism Briefing

Managers, business owners, receptionists and security teams are invited to attend a counter terrorism briefing from the Metropolitan Police on Thursday 20 October. Part of the Project Griffin initiative, the seminar will cover hostile reconnaissance, what it is and how to report it; how to deal with suspicious items; and how to share information with…

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Local Businesses Help School Auction Raise £20k

We’re delighted to hear that the Hampden Gurney School PTA charity auction on Friday night raised over £20,000. Many thanks to the local businesses who donated some marvellous lots to help push the bidding up. Ren Skincare gave a pampering gift set, Marks and Spencer donated two crates of wine, Italian restaurant Zizi provided a £50 meal voucher and Zetter Townhouse put in…

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Transport for London Graduate Joins BID Team

The BID is pleased to announce that Imogen from Transport for London’s graduate scheme will be joining its team in mid-October for a six month placement. Imogen will be working on a management plan for the area around Marble Arch, on delivery service plans and waste consolidation trials, including food waste, as part of the Low…

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Eating Out Guide: Updates & Interactive Map

Our guide to over 100 places to eat and drink in and around Marble Arch and Edgware Road is now mapped. This makes it much easier to find a place to eat lunch near you and to explore a bit further afield, food and drink hopping along the way. Since the guide launched in July we’ve…

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A Ride Along The Hyde Park Cycle Superhighway

The section of the East-West Cycle Superhighway that runs through Hyde Park is now open. We sent a cyclist along to test ride it and found a mix of positives and things to improve on. Here’s what he said, “The bits that are completed follow the same convention as the segregated section on Embankment which have received…

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Reading Volunteers Wanted

Our local primary schools are looking for volunteers to support their reading programme. By volunteering your time as a reading partner in a local school, you can help develop a pupil’s communication skills and raise their reading levels. Our volunteers get a real kick out of making a difference to the students’ lives and find their…

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Marble Arch Hosts Westminster Festival Of Cycling

Hundreds of people enjoyed a free, family fun day of cycling activity at Marble Arch on Saturday. The first Westminster Festival of Cycling brought the amazing Street Velodrome to our patch enabling kids and grown ups alike to experience the excitement of track cycling. With bikes, helmets and pads provided, anyone could have a go for…

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Our Street Team’s First Month In Numbers

The Marble Arch Street Team began operations on 2 August 2016. They patrol Tuesday to Saturday, helping businesses, staff, customers and visitors in the area. See their first month in numbers (click the infographic for full size and download). For more pictures of our Street Team visit our Facebook page.

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Edgware Road Station’s 1926 Signalling Cabin

The London Underground signalling cabin at Edgware Road station has been designated as an item of national historic interest by the Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board. Built in 1926 and operated by the Metropolitan Railway – the world’s first underground railway and the predecessor to London Underground – the cabin’s technology is still in use.…

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Free Guided Walks

So you think you know the area? Challenge your colleagues to the ultimate test with a free, fun and sociable guided walk. This is a walking tour with a difference, as you explore the area, learning facts and spotting fibs. You’ll discover quirky history, distinguished shops, a couple with global reputations, public art and interesting architecture. But you…

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Festival of Cycling at Marble Arch – 3 September

Round off the summer break with a Festival of Cycling on Saturday 3 September. Track racing and a 30m mini velodrome will transform Marble Arch for the day, with free bike marking and Dr Bike on hand to assist with all your maintenance needs. The fun starts at 11am and goes on until 5pm. Food…

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Get A Taste of Marble Arch – New Eating Out Guide

A new guide to 100 restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars and food shops in the Marble Arch and Edgware Road area has been launched online. The eating out guide at marble-arch.london includes a wide range of cuisines and establishments from fine dining to falafel wraps, sushi to supermarkets. It also features special offers from businesses included in…

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Meet the Street Team

Tuesday 2 August sees the launch of our Street Team. Rami, Ali, Marta and Lotfi will be patrolling the area from Tuesday to Saturday each week, discouraging anti-social behaviour and reporting problems to the police and Westminster City Council. The team will be making contact with building and security managers, front of house staff and…

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Low Emission Neighbourhood Gets Green Light

Westminster City Council has been awarded a grant from the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Fund for the Marylebone Low Emission Neighbourhood. Marble Arch London joined forces with the City Council and a range of other local partners to bid for £1m to create the low emission neighbourhood (LEN) in Marylebone. The LEN will stretch…

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Ping Marble Arch

Marble Arch London has teamed up with Sing London to bring table tennis to Marble Arch. Two tables will arrive on 4 July, to while away your lunch break and challenge your colleagues. One table tells the story of Marble Arch’s history, with the second table featuring a model of Marble Arch as its net,…

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Eating Out Guide

From the bright lights of Edgware Road to the leafy streets and boutiques of Seymour Place, New Quebec Street and Connaught Village, you’ll discover global flavours in the Marble Arch neighbourhood. A Taste of Marble Arch will be launched at the end of July, with a printed version containing 50 cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and…

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Business Security Zone

The Metropolitan Police are working with Marble Arch London to create a Business Security Zone for the area. This designation enables us to access regular security updates and benefit from free Police courses on counter terrorism, contingency planning, emergency evacuations, identity checks and fraud detection. These can made bespoke for your particular business and location…

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Marble Arch joins #RealChange Campaign

Homeless charities in central London have joined forces with Westminster City Council and Business Improvement Districts to thank Londoners for helping thousands of people off the streets every year. Westminster has the highest number of rough sleepers in the UK, accounting for almost a third of rough sleeping in the whole of London. Investment by…

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The Portman Summer Street Party, 14 July 5-10pm

Tropical treats will flood the streets of Marylebone on Thursday 14 July, with the return of The Portman Summer Street Party for its sixth year. From 5pm until 10pm, Seymour Place and New Quebec Street will be brimming with tropical music and entertainment, as well as food, drinks and special offers from some of Marylebone’s…

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Brothers Unveiled at Marble Arch

The latest addition to Westminster City Council’s City of Sculpture Programme, “Brothers” by David Breuer-Weil, has been installed at Marble Arch. City of Sculpture sees the City Council collaborate with private and public galleries to commission and donate public art pieces across Westminster, to provide residents and visitors with the opportunity to access public art…

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Marble Arch Community Programme

One of our aims as a Business Improvement District is to create strong links between companies in and around Marble Arch and their surrounding communities. We are developing a programme which supports companies to engage with local schools, charities and community partners through skilled and unskilled volunteering, in-kind donations and fundraising. Team challenges can be…

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Flyover gets a Makeover

Regular users of the crossings and cycle hire below the Marylebone Flyover will have noticed a new piece of public art appear in April. ‘Forest under the Flyover’ was produced by Manou Bendon following a commission by Transport for London (TfL) who own the structure. Marble Arch London has been working with TfL and Westminster…

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Marylebone Low Emission Neighbourhood

Marble Arch London has joined forces with Westminster City Council to bid for £1m to create a low emission neighbourhood in Marylebone. Two boroughs will win £1m from the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London (TfL). The Low Emission Neighbourhood will stretch from George Street in the west to Marylebone High Street in…

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Ambassador Service set to Launch

Marble Arch London is one step closer to launching its ambassador service after formal invitations to tender were issued today to potential contractors. The service will see a new uniformed presence on Edgware Road and in surrounding streets, reporting environmental issues, assisting with way-finding, supporting homeless people off the streets and managing back anti-social behaviour…

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Marble Arch London signs up to London Air Patrol

Technology company Plume Labs and DigitasLBi released a flock of pigeons in London carrying tiny backpack air pollution monitors in March. The lightweight sensors were stitched onto small fabric vests that fit comfortably on the pigeons and measured levels of nitrogen dioxide and ozone, the main gases behind harmful air pollution. The pigeons flew for…

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