SECURITY NOTIFICATIONS

Last updated 21 September 2022

There may be occasions when we are not notified in advance of protests, protests are approved at short notice or information isn’t available to us until events have started. For last minute updates, please ensure that you are following @MetPoliceEvents on Twitter for updates about protest activity.

Security Updates 2022

Anti-immigration march, Saturday 24 September 12-2pm
The police have informed us of a planned march taking place on Saturday 24 September by the ‘Patriots of Brittan’, marching for Stop the Invasion, an anti-immigration march. The march will start at Parliament Square and move off for 12.30pm. They will move to Buckingham Palace via an unknown route whereby 2 minutes silence will take place. The group will then move to the Home Office, Marsham Street and complete in Hyde Park – again via an unknown route. Speeches will be held at either the start or finish of the event which is expected to complete for 2pm. Estimated numbers are currently around 500, however there is a proportionate policing plan. There is the potential for disruption in the area of the Government Security Zone (GSZ).

Nigeria Diaspora Association march, Saturday 24 September 12-3pm
March from Marble Arch > Kensington High Street organised by the Nigeria Diaspora Association. Around 100 people are expected to attend. This protest is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

Hussaini Islamic Trust march, Sunday 25 September 12-6pm
Annual religious march organised by the Hussaini Islamic Trust. The march is expected to begin at Marble Arch at 12pm, heading southbound from 2.30pm. Around 2,000 people are expected to attend. This protest is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

The Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022, please refer to our main news pages for live information and updates relating to the preparations for, and the day of, the State Funeral on Monday 19 September.

Extinction Rebellion – POSTPONED, following the death of her Majesty the Queen

Extinction rebellion have announced their Autumn plans for 2022. We expect a recurring presence in the Marble Arch / Hyde Park area. XR activities aim to surprise, we may not always have advance information but we will do our best to keep this page updated.

Pre 10 September: Curtain Raiser
Audacious action focusing on citizen’s assemblies and demanding a response from the Government.

Phase 1: Mass Paint the Streets, Friday 9 September
On the evening of Friday 9 September, there will be a mass Paint the Streets campaign in London. XR have stated that transport will be organised to bring participants to London on the evening of 9 September, to be ready for 10 September.

Phase 2: Three days of a resistance festival, Saturday 10 – Tuesday 13 September

  • Morning of Saturday 10 September: Protesters will gather at Marble Arch.
  • Saturday 10 – Monday 12 September: Occupation in a green space in London.
  • Morning of Tuesday 13 September: XR plan to go out with a bang before the start of their tour.

Phase 3: Regional rebellion buses, Wednesday 14 September – Thursday 13 October
After three days in London, XR will go on the move for a period of regional mobilisation. XR will be inviting people to join them in resistance with a clear call to action. They will launch a fleet of rebellion buses which will travel the length and breadth of the country.

Phase 4: Nonviolent civil disobedience, Friday 14 October
XR invites everyone to come back to Westminster for disruptive nonviolent civil disobedience to join forces with other groups organising around the cost of living scandal.

Phase 5: Spring 2023
Major government disruption over a prolonged period until the government agrees to empower an independent Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice. XR will pledge to sign up 100,000 people by Spring 2023 to come back to London for major nonviolent civil resistance.

March to rejoin the EU, Saturday 10 September 11am-4.30pm
Large march forming at Marble Arch at 12pm by a coalition of groups calling for the UK to rejoin the EU. Protesters will begin marching at 1pm from Park Lane > Parliament Square. Around 50,000 people are expected to attend and the march will be policed.

Annual religious march, Sunday 4 September 11am-5pm
‘Rathayatra 2022’ march and festival organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, a Hindu faith-based organisation. Turnout is expected to range in the low-to-mid thousands. This year the date of the event also coincides with the Festival of Chariots, which is likely to increase turnout. Attendees are asked to muster at Hyde Park Corner by 12pm, before moving off to Trafalgar Square, where the Festival of Chariots is to be held from 2-5pm. These events are generally celebratory in nature, and traffic disruption is expected along the march route. This protest is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

Pro-Pakistan protest, Sunday 4 September 3-7pm
Protest in support of the previous PM of Pakistan at Avenfield House, Dunraven Street, W1. Around 250 people are expected to attend. This protest is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

Anti-trans/gay protest, Sunday 28 August 1-2pm
Protest organised by Andrew Walsh at Reformers Tree, Hyde Park. Around 140 people are expected to attend. This protest is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

StandUpX protest, Monday 29 August 12pm
A march organised by the anti-vaccination group ‘StandUpX’ has been organised to take place at Marble Arch Station. The route of the march is currently unknown. Based on recent events from groups such as StandUpX, attendance is likely to be between 50-100 individuals. This protest is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

Bus strikes from Sunday 28 – Monday 29 August 
Following an announcement by Unite, bus drivers at some RATP Dev London garages plan to strike on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 August. This is expected to affect 63 routes – mostly in west and southwest London and parts of Surrey, including some that serve the Notting Hill Carnival. If the strike action goes ahead, affected bus routes will be impacted from 05:00 on Sunday 28 August, all day on Monday 29 August and through to 06:00 on Tuesday 30 August. Night buses on Saturday 27 August evening into Sunday 28 August are expected to operate as normal, but will not run on Sunday 28 August or Monday 29 August. A full list of affected routes, which comprises around 10 per cent of the bus network, is available on TfL’s strike webpage.

Tube and rail strikes from Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 August

Thursday 18 August

  • National rail strikes are expected to impact the entire national rail network. National rail customers are advised to only travel if absolutely necessary
  • The majority of TfL’s services will continue to run; however some disruption is expected on the following lines and areas:
    • Reduced service on the London Overground
    • Reduced service on the Elizabeth line
    • No service on the District line between Wimbledon and Parson’s Green, and Richmond and Turnham Green before 08:00 and after 18:00
    • No service on the Bakerloo line north of Queen’s Park

 Friday 19 August

  • Tube and bus strikes are taking place on Friday 19 August which will affect the majority of TfL’s services. Avoid travelling on the Tube and only travel on the rest of the TfL network if essential
  • In addition, there will be minimal service on the national rail network until around 08:00 following the strike from the previous day

 Saturday 20 August

  • National rail strikes are expected to impact the entire national rail network. National rail customers are advised to only travel if absolutely necessary
  • Customers on lines affected by strike action the previous day are encouraged to avoid making journeys until after 08:00
  • The majority of TfL’s services will run from 08:00; however some disruption is expected on the following lines and areas:
    • Reduced service on the London Overground
    • Reduced service on the Elizabeth line.
    • No service on the District line between Wimbledon and Parson’s Green, and Richmond and Turnham Green before 08:00 and after 18:00
    • No service on the Bakerloo line north of Queen’s Park
    • Reduced London Trams service
    • There are additional strikes affecting some bus services on Saturday 20 August that will impact routes in west and south west London and parts of Surrey. Check to see if your route will be affected

Sunday 21 August

  • Disruption from the strikes will continue to affect customers into the morning of 21 August
  • Customers on lines affected by strike action are encouraged to avoid making journeys on affected services until after 08:00

Anti-trans/gay protest, Sunday 28 August 1-2pm
Protest organised by Andrew Walsh at Reformers Tree, Hyde Park. Around 140 people are expected to attend. This protest is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

Animal Rights March, Saturday 6 August 12:00-5:00pm
Animal rights march organised by Animal Rebellion from Speakers Corner > Oxford Street > Regent Street > Haymarket > Whitehall. It is likely there will be a large turnout (mid-thousands) with significant noise disruption and traffic congestion to roads in Central London due to road closures.

In the lead up to this event unexpected direct action has been carried out by individuals from Animal Rebellion targeting supermarkets engaged with the production and selling of dairy foods. Currently there is no intelligence to suggest this type of action will take place on this occasion, although organisers state this will be a peaceful event we cannot rule non-violent direct action will take place on the day.

Recommendations:

  • Ensure all employees are fully briefed
  • Security officers, where possible, should be highly visible
  • Ensure all members of staff are fully aware of any emergency and evacuation procedures
  • Minimise the number of entry points to your premises
  • Ensure the outside areas are clear of debris, dustbins, tools or equipment
  • Check that your emergency equipment, grab bags, first aid supplies, and walkie-talkies are in place, easy to get to, and working properly
  • Check and test building security and emergency systems
  • Ensure CCTV coverage is fully operational and can provide the highest recording resolution possible
  • If your building is in close proximity to scaffolding, let your security staff know
  • Review access control to buildings and accreditation of personnel to prevent unauthorised access

Ashura Parade, Tuesday 9 August 8:00am-6.30pm
Annual parade from Marble Arch > Richmond Terrace to celebrate Ashura, organised by Al Hussaini Association. Around 500 people are expected to attend and the march will be policed.

Phone theft prevention
Thousands of mobile phones are stolen in London every year, most commonly through pickpocketing, table surfing, and more recently an increase in snatches by criminals riding on mopeds or electric bikes. Please ensure that all staff are aware and remain vigilant, particularly in the early morning and evening periods. Police run daily operations to target offenders and work with second hand retailers to crack down on stolen mobile phones being sold on.

Many phone thefts happen in the form of a ‘snatch’ where an offender will run/cycle/scooter past a victim and snatch their phone from their hand before they have a chance to react. Criminals look for an easy target, someone that is alone, wearing headphones or looking down into their phone whilst walking. When you’re out and about:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Try not to walk along with your phone or valuables on show
  • Avoid wearing earbuds or headphones
  • Plan your route and use forms of transport that others are using
  • Avoid shortcuts in isolated places

Tigray Youth March, Saturday 16 July 12:00-4:00pm
Protest march from BBC > Marble Arch about the ongoing conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Around 100 people are expected to attend and the march will be policed.

Sri Lankan Protest, Sunday 17 July 1:00-4:45pm
Protest march organised by GotaGoGama London from Parliament Square > Speakers Corner. Around 700 people are expected to attend. This protest is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

BST concerts in Hyde Park 
55,000 to 65,000 people are expected to attend. Doors open at 1pm, shows end at 10.30pm. Park Lane will be closed to traffic from 9pm-11.45pm.

  • Friday 24 June: Elton John
  • Saturday 25 June: Rolling Stones
  • Sunday 26 June: Eagles
  • Friday 1 – Saturday 2 July: Adele
  • Sunday 3 July: Rolling Stones
  • Friday 8 – Saturday 9 July: Pearl Jam
  • Sunday 10 July: Duran Duran

Pride in London Saturday 2 July 12-8pm, Park Lane > Whitehall Place
30,000 people are expected to attend. The parade will start on Park Lane. From Hyde Park Corner, it will make its way down Piccadilly to Piccadilly Circus, before turning south onto Haymarket and Trafalgar Square. It will continue just a little further to Whitehall Place. Please follow this link for the live Road Closures map.

Unite for Freedom march, Saturday 2 July 1pm, Hyde Park
Human Rights march organised by Save Our Rights UK. 200 people are expected to attend.

Gay Pride anniversary march, Friday 1 July 1-3pm, Trafalgar Square > Hyde Park
Protest march organised by the Gay Liberation Front on the anniversary of the first Gay Pride march. 300 people are expected to attend.

Jimi Hendrix blue plaque event, Friday 10 June 11am-1pm, Great Cumberland Place
The Hard Rock Hotel is unveiling a blue plaque for Jimi Hendrix on Friday 10 June from 11am-1pm. The plaque will be located near the entrance of the hotel at 1A Great Cumberland Place. Around 1,000 people are expected to attend.
There will be a road closure in place from 11.30am-1.30pm and diversions will be signed: Great Cumberland Place junction with Bryanston Street will be cordoned off; Great Cumberland Place junction with Marble Arch/Oxford Street will be cordoned off.The police are aware of this event and the Marble Arch Street Team will be present.

Extended Hours for the Marble Arch Street Team from Friday 3 June 
Following requests from our night time economy members we are going to extend our street team hours on Fridays and Saturdays. From 3 June the Marble Arch Street Team will be on duty Monday – Thursday from 8am-10pm and Friday – Saturday from 8am-midnight.

Westminster Magistrate’s Court, Wednesday 1 June 9am-5pm, Marylebone Road 
Six cases are being heard for the police-led prosecution relating to the Sarah Everard Vigil at Clapham Common.

PETA demonstration, Saturday 28 May 12.30-2.30pm, Marble Arch
Small animal rights demonstration organised by PETA taking place at Marble Arch on Saturday 28 May from 12.30-2.30pm. Around 50 people are expected to attend. This protest is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

Anti Nawaz Sharif Protest, Sunday 22 May 2-3pm, Speakers’ Corner Hyde Park
Members of the Pakistani community in London have called for a protest against the tenure of the new Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Protesters will gather at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park on Sunday 22 May at 2pm before marching to a property on Dunraven Street thought to be linked to the new Pakistani Prime Minister. Previous protests of this nature have caused minor disruption and this one is expected to be no different.

Pro-Assange Protest, Wednesday 20 April 9-11am, Westminster Magistrates Court
Multiple pro-Assange activist groups have advertised a protest tomorrow outside Westminster Magistrates Court on Marylebone Road, in opposition to their supposed ‘rubber stamping’ of Julian Assange’s extradition to the US. Around 40-50 people are expected to attend. Previous pro-Assange protests have been static and usually attract a committed group of activists. This protest is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

Anzac Day Dawn Service, Monday 25 April 5am, Hyde Park Corner
A service to mark ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day will take place in front of the New Zealand Memorial at Hyde Park Corner at 5am. Security screening will begin at 4am and attendees have been advised to be onsite early. At the conclusion of the service wreaths will also be laid at the Australian War Memorial. The service lasts approximately 45 minutes and is a non-ticketed event open to the public. This event is being policed.

Adoption March, Tuesday 26 April 11am-12.30pm, Marble Arch
Protest march about adoption from Marble Arch > Parliament Square. Around 100 people are expected to attend. The march is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

March from BBC Portland Place > Hyde Park, Thursday 14 April 11.30am-5pm
Protest march from BBC Portland Place > Hyde Park about the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia organised by Mekete Tigray UK. Around 1,000 people are expected to attend. The march is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

Extinction Rebellion, Hyde Park, until Sunday 17 April 
A planned XR protest campaign began on Saturday 9 April and is likely to continue until Sunday 17 April. Information suggests that protesters will meet daily at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park at 10am, before dispersing to undertake actions/protests elsewhere at 12pm. Last Sunday protesters appeared to have left via Hyde Park Corner and then split into two groups going East and South. On Sunday 17 April an after-party is likely to take place from 7pm-5am but the location has not been revealed.
There is a pan-London policing plan in place.

Cannabis Day, Hyde Park, 20 April 12-8pm
Cannabis Day is a call to action seeking the decriminalisation of the drug. This is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

Extinction Rebellion, Hyde Park, 9-17 April 2022

Protests are expected from Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 April. From Saturday 9 April, information suggests that protesters will meet daily at Hyde Park Corner in the morning, before dispersing to undertake actions/protests elsewhere. Other reports suggest Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, near Marble Arch. There is a pan-London policing plan in place.

Please find below some general advice that you might find useful:

Your people

  • In the days leading up to the event, ensure all employees are fully briefed
  • Be vigilant when taking car parking or venue bookings, always request full event information
  • Your premises should have a strong, visible management presence who should identify themselves to the police in the event of any trespassing or damage
  • Security officers, where possible, should be highly visible
  • All staff should remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to security and/or the police
  • Ensure all members of staff are fully aware of any emergency and evacuation procedures

Your premises

  • Minimise the number of entry points to your premises
  • Ensure the outside areas are clear of debris, dustbins, or equipment
  • Check that your emergency equipment, grab bags, first aid supplies, and walkie-talkies are in place, easy to get to, and working properly. It is advisable to test them beforehand
  • Check and test building security and emergency systems
  • Ensure CCTV coverage is fully operational and can provide the highest recording resolution possible
  • If your building has scaffolding erected or is in close proximity to scaffolding, let your security staff know
  • Report and suspicious activity to police by dialling 999 in an emergency or call 101 if not an emergency

Filipino Community Protest, Marble Arch, Sunday 3 April 1pm

A protest calling for fair elections in the Philippines is planned to take place on Sunday 3 April from 1-5pm at Marble Arch. Around 100 people are expected to attend. The protest is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

London Stands with Ukraine March & Vigil, Saturday 26 March from 1pm, Park Lane

The march is organised by the Greater London Authority and will form up on Park Lane, at the junction with Upper Grosvenor Street, from 1pm, before moving off at 2pm.

The route of the procession will go down from Park Lane to Hyde Park Corner, then along Piccadilly to Piccadilly Circus and finally on to Trafalgar Square. Speeches are planned in Trafalgar Square from 3pm. Disruption and temporary road closures are expected in these areas.

Estimated numbers are unknown at this stage, however the organisers have a comprehensive stewarding plan in place. A proportionate policing plan is also in place.

Further information can be found here.

Election rally in support of a presidential candidate in the Philippines Sunday, 20 March 1pm-3pm, Marble Arch

This rally is in support of a presidential candidate in the Philippines and is planned to take place Sunday 20 March 1pm-3pm, starting at Marble Arch W1. There are 100 people expected to attend the rally.

These events are not being policed at present, but the police are aware of these events taking place.

Syrian Anniversary March, Saturday 19 March 12.30-6pm, Paddington Green

A protest march on the 11th anniversary of the Syrian conflict is planned to take place on Saturday 19 March from 12.30-6pm, starting at Paddington Green, W2. The route is currently unknown but may affect the Edgware Road and Marble Arch area. Around 200 people are expected to attend. The march is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

New Iran Party March, Friday 25 February from 2-6pm

A protest march about the Iranian Governement is planned to take place on Friday 25 February from 2-6pm, starting at the BBC on Portland Place W1A 1AA, and ending at Marble Arch. Around 60 people are expected to attend. The march is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

Tube strikes, Tuesday 1 and Thursday 3 March

Tube strikes are planned on Tuesday 1 March and Thursday 3 March from 00:01 until 23:59 on both days. TfL recommends that if RMT goes ahead with this action, anyone who needs to travel should consider whether they can work from home or use alternative modes of transport. Sign up for TfL Travel Alerts here or check travel status here.

Storm Eunice, 18 February 2022

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for Storm Eunice, which is going to impact much of the UK on Friday 18 February 2022.

An amber warning is now in force in Westminster from the early hours of Friday morning. Inland areas could still see gusts of around 80mph, bringing the potential for fallen trees, damage to buildings and travel disruption.

Find information about what to do before, during and after the storm, and where to get help if you need it.

Before the storm:

  • If you cannot secure your waste on the street, do not put it out
  • If you see damage to a structure, call the Council contact centre on 020 7641 6000
  • If an unsafe structure is causing an immediate danger to the public, please call 999 and ask for the fire service
  • Secure loose objects and anything else that could be blown into windows
  • Close and securely fasten doors and windows
  • Park vehicles in a garage, if available, otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences
  • If your business has outside tables and chairs, A-boards, or displays, please bring them inside your premises

During the storm:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible
  • If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees
  • Keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences, if these structures fall, they will collapse on this side
  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress
  • Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary

After the storm:

  • Do not attempt to remove any downed trees. Report any fallen trees to the council via Report it or by calling 0207 641 2000
  • Avoid walking too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened
  • Make sure that any vulnerable staff and visitors are safe
  • Be careful not to touch any electrical or telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging

Travel advice:

Public transport is likely to be disrupted on Friday 18 February due to Storm Eunice. For the latest travel information visit National Rail or the TfL website.

March for Yemen, Saturday 12 February from 12-6pm

A protest march about the ongoing situation in Yemen is planned to take place on Saturday 12 February from 12-6pm, starting at Richmond Terrace SW1A 2NJ and ending in Hyde Park. Around 500 people are expected to attend. The march is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

Friday 4 February 11am-4pm, Tamil Protest

A protest by the Tamil Tiger Coordinating Committee is planned to take place on Friday 4 February from 11am-4pm outside the Sri Lankan High Commission, Hyde Park Gardens W2 2LU. Around 75 people are expected to attend. A proportionate policing plan is in place.

Saturday 22 January from 1pm,Worldwide Rally for Freedom
An anti-vaccination and COVID restriction protest day is planned to take place across the country on 22 January. Prior protests on this theme have taken place relatively peacefully, although several recent anti-vaccination protests have featured violent clashes between protesters and police.
The protest commences at Portland Place at 1pm and is set to end at Hyde Park. The route confirmed by police will be:
Portland Place > Regent Street > Piccadilly > Trafalgar Square > Whitehall > Parliament Square > Birdcage Walk > Constitution Hill > Hyde Park.
Expected numbers are broadly estimated at this stage to be between 3,000-5,000 people. A proportionate policing plan is in place.

Sunday 16 January 12:45-3pm, Winter Wonder Ride
A family friendly women’s ride from Marble Arch to Parliament Square. Riders will assemble at the Colicci Speakers Corner Cafe, Hyde Park, near Brook Gate, and ride to Parliament Square via Buckingham Palace. Those who want a longer ride may continue from there along the Thames and back.The whole ride will be led and marshaled.

Tuesday 18 January 9am-6pm, Westminster Magistrates Trials
Two high profile court appearances are taking place on Tuesday 18 January at 10am and 2pm. Press and others are expected to be in attendance outside Westminster Magistrates Court, Marylebone Road.

Security Updates 2021

Security update – 23 December 2021

Upcoming Protest Activity

We have not been made aware of any protests taking place in the area this week, however there may be occasions when we are not notified in advance of protests, protests are approved at short notice or information isn’t available to us until events have started. Please ensure that you are following @MetPoliceEvents on Twitter for updates about protest activity.

Street Team Christmas Hours

The Marble Arch Street Team will be working over the festive period:

  • Friday 24 December: 8am-10pm
  • Saturday 25 December: No Patrols
  • Sunday 26 December: No Patrols
  • Monday 27 December: 8am-10pm
  • Tuesday 28 December: 8am-10pm
  • Wednesday 29 December 8am-10pm
  • Thursday 30 December: 8am-10pm
  • Friday 31 December: 8am-10pm
  • Saturday 1 January: 10am-10pm

From Monday 3 January usual hours resume, Monday to Saturday 8am-10pm.

The Marble Arch Street Team can be reached on 07825 750777 / 07852 566122. Remember, in an emergency or if a crime is in progress, please dial 999.

Please note the Marble Arch London BID office will be closed from 24 December and will reopen on 4 January. We will monitor emails sent to getinvolved@marble-arch.london if your enquiry is urgent.

Security update – 17 December 2021

Upcoming Protest Activity

Following changes in COVID regulations, the Police have made us aware that there are protests planned this weekend.

From 12:00 on Saturday December 18 multiple protests will take place in or around Parliament Square. There is currently no intelligence to suggest that these will affect the Marble Arch area, however we believe that there is a chance that protest routes or off-shoot groups may make their way up towards Marble Arch and Edgware Road. We advise business to prepare for potential protest activity in the area. There is an appropriate policing plan in place.

There may be occasions when we are not notified in advance of protests, protests are approved at short notice or information isn’t available to us until events have started. Please visit our Security Notifications page for last minute updates and ensure that you are following @MetPoliceEvents on Twitter for updates about protest activity.

Tube Strikes

Industrial action is planned by the RMT union this weekend. If this goes ahead:

  • Central and Victoria lines could be disrupted from 19:00 on Friday 17 December, with little or no service through the night
  • From 04:30 on Saturday 18 December, the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines will be severely disrupted, with little or no service in places throughout the day
  • Services through the night on the Central and Victoria line will also be disrupted on 18 December
  • Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines may also be disrupted on the morning of 19 December

Customers are advised to check before they travel and use buses to complete their journeys where required. Further information on the planned strikes can be found on the TfL website.

Security update – 3 December

Winter Wonderland 

Winter Wonderland continues to attract visitors to the area. Whilst the attraction has a limited capacity when compared to previous years, each day thousands of people attend meaning that the Marble Arch area is seeing higher footfall than usual.

Please ensure that your staff remain vigilant as increased footfall can bring an increase in crime and antisocial behaviour. The Marble Arch Street Team continue to work closely with the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police and other security services to make the area safe.

Please ensure that all crime is reported to the Police, if they do not know crime is taking place, they cannot work to resolve the issues. In an emergency, please dial 999 and in a non-emergency crime can be reported by dialling 101 or via the Met Police Website.

We have not received any warnings about protests that will affect the area this weekend. There may be occasions when we are not notified in advance of protests, protests are approved at short notice or information isn’t available to us until events have started. Please visit our Security Notifications page for last minute updates and ensure that you are following @MetPoliceEvents on Twitter for updates about protest activity.

Tube Strikes

Further tube strikes have been planned this weekend:

  • 20:30 3 December – 04:29 4 December (Central & Victoria)
  • 20:30 4 December – 04:29 5 December (Central & Victoria)

Transport for London (TfL) is warning customers that both the Victoria and Central lines could be severely disrupted from 19:00 onwards on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 December, with the potential of little or no service from this time overnight on 3-5 December, 10-12 December and 17-19 December.

Customers are advised to check before they travel and use buses to complete their journeys where required. Further information on the planned strikes can be found on the TfL website.

Wednesday 1 December 12pm – Anti-Vax March
Anti-vax protesters are planning to march from 12pm tomorrow, Wednesday 1 December, from Marble Arch to Westminster. The march route will proceed via Oxford Street, Charing Cross Road, Whitehall and Parliament Street. Turnout is unknown at this stage, but could be boosted by the recently reintroduced guidance on mask wearing, booster vaccine acceleration and media coverage of the Omicron variant.

Saturday 27 November 6pm – Reclaim the Night March
Women’s protest march from Marble Arch – Golden Square about violence against women and girls. The Metropolitan Police have estimated attendance to be around 500 and have an appropriate policing plan in place.

Sunday 7 and 14 November from 4pm – Afghan March
Protest marches from Marble Arch > Parliament Square organised to highlight the situation in Afghanistan, and call for no international recognition of the new government. The police are aware of these two events.

Friday 5 November – Million Mask March

During the day activists across the country and the world will stage the yearly Million Mask March protest. The main protest will take place in Trafalgar Square at 6pm, however there is intelligence to suggest that further protests could take place across the West End area.

There is no intelligence to suggest that the Marble Arch and Edgware Road area will be specifically targeted by protesters. The Police are aware and an appropriate policing plan in place.

Saturday 2 October 11am-6pm – Iraqi Community in London Protest
Nationwide protests have escalated, calling for better public services, employment, and an end to government corruption. The protest is expected to occur at Hyde Park Corner, opposite Marble Arch Square or the Speakers Corner Entrance. Around 500 people are expected to attend.

Sunday 3 October 2:30-5:30pm – Hussaini Islamic Trust UK march
The demonstration organiser has stated that 1,000-2,000 people are likely to attend. The protest is expected to begin and end at Marble Arch, possibly heading up and down Park Lane during the afternoon.

Sunday 10 October 8am-6pm – Royal Parks Half Marathon
The Half-Marathon will take place in Westminster, with the majority of the race being run in Hyde Park. We do not expect road closures within the Marble Arch area, but businesses should expect traffic disruption in the wider area during the day. Around 18,000 are taking part.

Saturday 25 September 1pm – Medical Freedom March

Anti-Lockdown/Vaccine groups including ‘Stand Up X’, ‘Save Our Rights UK’ and ‘Stand In the Park’ have organised their next Medical Freedom March. Initial information indicates that protesters intend on meeting at Hyde Park Corner from 13:00.

A separate protest organised by a group called ‘Rebel Squad’ also intend on meeting at Hyde Park Corner on the same day before marching to Stamford Bridge. It is currently unclear whether these two groups intend on converging or whether they have related organisers.

Police are aware of these events and have an appropriate policing plan in place. We do not expect there to be any major impact on our area or member businesses.

Saturday 18 September 1pm – World Wide Freedom Rally

The rally is expected to form at Victoria Square and could march to locations including Regents Park, Camden Town, Warren Street, Tottenham Court Road, St James Park and Parliament Square.

At this stage the march is not expected to pass through Marble Arch, however there could be some associated disruption. The police are aware of the event and have an appropriate plan in place.

Sunday 19 September 12pm – Show Up For Afghans

A protest in support for the Afghan People has been advertised for Sunday 19 September. The protest will begin at Marble Arch from 12 noon. We currently do not know how long the protesters will be there.

Wednesday 8 September – Veterans 4 Freedom March

The march will start in Hyde Park at 11am with the intention to arrive in Parliament Square for 12pm until 4pm. The police are aware of this event.

Saturday 28 August – Afghan Refugee March 

A protest in support of Afghan refugees is planned to take place in London as part of a global day of action. This protest will gather at Marble Arch and likely march through the city.

A similar protest on 21 August saw attendance of 500-600 people. Due to the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, attendance is likely to be similar.

Saturday 21 August – Saturday 4 September; Extinction Rebellion Protest

Extinction Rebellion’s planned period of action is scheduled from 23 August for two weeks but The Metropolitan Police expect activity to begin from 21 August. The Police are monitoring intelligence about their potential activities and there is an appropriate policing plan in place across London.

There is currently no specific intelligence that the Marble Arch area will be targeted by Extinction Rebellion, however we are expecting activity due to the location and profile of the area. Marble Arch BID will continue to engage with Police to monitor the situation and share further information with businesses where necessary.

Please inform the Police via 999 in an emergency, or 101 in a non-emergency if your business is affected by Extinction Rebellion protests or other activities. Ensure that evidence is captured and recorded as the Police may want to take a statement to support further action.

The Marble Arch Street Team is on duty Monday – Saturday from 8am-10pm and can be reached on 07825 750777. Remember, in an emergency or if a crime is in progress, please dial 999.

Saturday 21 August 1.30pm; Pride Event

A Pride event is being advertised by the LGBTQ+ community in Hyde Park on 21 August, we do not expect there to be any negative impact on the BID area, but it may cause a higher than average footfall.

Thursday 19 August 8am-6pm; Religious Procession

The Hussaini Association has organised an Ashura march on Thursday 19 August.

The march will go from Great Cumberland Place > Marble Arch > Oxford Street > Regent Street > Oxford Circus > Coventry Street > Trafalgar Square.

The Metropolitan Police have estimated attendance to be around 3,000-5,000 and it is being policed.

Saturday 14 August 2.30pm; London Naked Bike Ride 

We have been informed that the ‘London Naked Bike Ride’ will assemble in Hyde Park, North Carriage Drive, on Saturday 14 August at 2:30pm and depart at 2:45pm.

Saturday 24 July 1pm; ‘Reclaim Pride’ march

A ‘Reclaim Pride’ march has been organised in an effort to “stop Boris stalling on LGBT+ rights”.

The march will reportedly assemble at Nelson Mandela Statue from 1pm and go from Parliament Square > Cockspur Street > Lower Regent Street > Regent Street > Oxford Street and then enter Hyde Park on Speakers Corner.

The march will reportedly finish in Hyde Park where a picnic will then commence.

The Metropolitan Police are aware of the demonstration but are currently not policing it. Attendance is estimated to be around 2,000 individuals at the time of reporting.

Thursday 22 July 1pm; Hyde Park 

We have been informed that a large event may be planned in Hyde Park on Thursday 22 July around 1pm. Attendance is currently unknown. The Police are aware of the event and have an appropriate plan in place.

Sunday 27 June from 12-7pm; Hyde Park – Parliament Square

  • A mobile protest calling for greater support for the entertainment sector during Covid-19 has been organised by Save Our Scene UK.
  • Attendees intend on meeting at Hyde Park from 12pm before moving towards Parliament Square.
  • The Metropolitan Police have estimated attendance to be around 1,000 and it is currently not being policed at the time of reporting.

Sunday 6 June from 11am-2pm; Hyde Park – Trafalgar Square

  • An annual commemoration march has been planned to take place in relation to the Amritsar massacre.
  • Attendees intend on meeting at Hyde Park from 11am before moving towards Trafalgar Square.
  • The Metropolitan Police have estimated attendance to be around 1,500 and it is currently not being policed at the time of reporting.

Saturday 29 May, Central London

  • Kill the Bill protest: Starting in Russell square at 12pm and moving through central London. A large number of people are expected to attend.
  • Anti-Lockdown music event: Between 3.30-6.30pm by Jam for Freedom. The location of this event is not yet known and will be released to the public 30 minutes prior to the event. A large number of people are expected to attend.
  • Anti-lockdown demonstrations: Location and time TBC.
  • Israel and Palestinian conflict protest: Currently there is no information about any further Israel-Palestine related protests, however the Police will continue to monitor any potential action.

In addition to these protests, the Champions League Final, good weather and general bank holiday celebrations may bring further crowds and disruption to the area.

Thursday 20 May 9am-4pm, Westminster Magistrates Court

Five high-profile anti-lockdown protesters are all due to attend nearby Westminster Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 20 May from 9am-4pm. Minimal disruption to the area is expected.

Saturday 15 May 12pm,  March in solidarity with Palestine

  • Participants are to assemble at Marble Arch and make their way towards the Israeli Embassy.
  • The march has been planned in solidarity with Palestine and Sheikh Jarrah and aims to demand that the UK government take action against the conflict between Palestine and Israel.
  • The attendance for this event could be approximately 5,000 people and the Police have stated that this could be even higher given the escalating situation between Israel and Palestine. The police will be in attendance for this event.
  • The route has been reported as being Park Lane then along Knightsbridge/ Kensington Road.

Wednesday 5 May 6.30-8.30pm,  Protest March by Burning Pink

The protest march will start at Euston Square Gardens at 6.30pm and end on Westway (A40) at 8.30pm, near Edgware Road tube station (Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines).

Footage released by an organiser has stated the protest march will move down Euston Road and occupy the Westway (A40).The group intends to occupy the Westway and hold a people’s assembly at that location. It is likely there will be considerable traffic disruption along this road which could affect other areas of London as well.

24-25 April and 1-2 May, Upcoming Protests

We would like to make our members aware that a number of protests are planned on 24-25 April and 1-2 May around the West End and Marble Arch area, including anti-lockdown protests and #KillTheBill.

We have not received any information that specific businesses in the BID area will be affected and there are proportionate policing plans in place.

Friday 11 December 2020 8am, Westminster Magistrates Court

A protest is planned in support of Julian Assange during a bail hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court on Marylebone Road. Numbers are unknown.

Wednesday 2 December 2020 6.30pm, Cycle-based protest

  • SaveOurScene UK are planning a cycle-based protest, calling for more support for the entertainment and art sectors during the COVID Pandemic.
  • It is estimated that there will be up to 600 people in attendance.
  • They plan to meet and form-up on North Carriage Drive at 6.30pm but participants may end up meeting at Marble Arch.
  • There will then be cycling as a group with a number of sound systems mounted on rickshaws.
  • The planned route is North Carriage Drive/Marble Arch > Oxford St > Regent St > Piccadilly Circus > Haymarket > Trafalgar Square > Whitehall > Parliament Square.
  • Disruption to traffic including local bus services should be expected.

Saturday 21 November 2020 2pm,  Anti-Lockdown Protest March

  • Mustering at Hyde Park, marching to Downing Street.
  • The protest is organised by the anti-lockdown activist groups ‘Save Our Rights UK’ and ‘StandUpX’. Protesters oppose COVID-19 restrictions and argue lockdown measures infringe upon human rights.
  • Recent protests in London by these groups have attracted crowds in the low thousands. There is no social media evidence to suggest a large attendance like this, however, it cannot be ruled out.
  • The police are aware of the protest and will take the relevant actions.

Thursday 29 October 9am, Julian Assange Defence Committee (JADC)

  • The protest will start at 9am at Westminster Magistrates Court
  • It is estimated that there will be 30 people in attendance.
  • This protest is in support of Julian Assange during court appearance (video link)

Saturday 31 October 2-5pm, Algerian Protest
This is a small static protest at Marble Arch regarding the current situation in Algeria.

Saturday 24 October 12pm, Algerian Protest
An Algerian protest is planned at Marble Arch at 12pm.

Saturday 24 October from 12pm, Justice UK March

  • The march will start at 12pm at Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park.
  • The following route is anticipated: Hyde Park > Wellington Arch > Green Park > Horse Guards Road > Downing Street.
  • It is estimated that there will be 100-150 people in attendance.
  • A barrier plan will be in place outside of Downing Street.

Saturday 24 October from 12pm, Save our Rights

  • Another march is expected to start at 12pm at Hyde Park.
  • There are currently about 4,000 people interested in attending.
  • This march may go along Oxford Street, Regent Street towards Covent Garden or via Charing Cross Road. Route to be confirmed.

Suspicious activity in central London

We have received reports of suspicious activity at a number of central London addresses. On separate occasions, an individual has attempted to gain access to private premises claiming to represent the Health and Safety Executive, wearing a high-vis uniform and carrying the attached letter claiming authority to carry out a ‘COVID-19 spot check’ under the auspices of a COVID-19 Health & Safety survey. The HSE have confirmed that this letter is not legitimate. 

Please be vigilant for incidents of a similar nature and deny access/escalate any such attempts to the police.

This is the current HSE advice regarding COVID-19 spot checks:

  • COVID-19 spot checks are typically carried out by telephone to confirm that a COVID-19 prevention measures are in place.
  • These checks are currently outsourced and they would not expect someone to physically attend site from an outsourced company on behalf of the HSE.
  • The outsourced company will typically make three attempts of contact via telephone before it is passed back to the HSE.
  • If a spot check does happen, the visit would be from an official HSE inspector and therefore they should have the relevant HSE identification.
  • If anyone does attend on-site and there are any doubts, DO NOT GIVE ACCESS
  • The HSE can be contacted on 0300 790 6787. Lines are open from 08.30am to 5pm.

Friday 23 October 9:30am, Westminster Magistrates Court

  • Protest organised by supporters of Piers Corbyn during his Westminster Court case.
  • Attendance is currently unknown however the Metropolitan Police are aware of the planned protest. It is possible that attendance will be in the hundreds due to the recent support Piers Corbyn has had during anti-lockdown demonstrations across London.
  • Minimal disruption to the area is expected.
  • Supporters will likely not be adhering to social-distancing measures.

Saturday 17 October from 1pm, Stand Up to X – March for Freedom

  • The group is expected to assemble at Speakers Corner at 1pm and march to Downing Street via Oxford Street.
  • 400-500 people are expected to attend but numbers are difficult to predict.
  • There will be an proportionate policing plan in place.
  • The event will include speeches from prominent members of the anti-lockdown and anti-5G movements, including Piers Corbyn.
  • They have expressed the intention to hand out leaflets to small businesses regarding the government failures to support them.

Sunday 11 October from 12pm, Annual Religious Event from The Hussani Association (2nd day):
This will be a static event at Marble Arch. 200 people are anticipated to attend. A policing plan is in place.

Saturday 10 October 1pm, Stop the New Normal and Match the Million March

  • Estimated 5,000 people attending.
  • Assembling at Speakers Corner Hyde Park marching to Downing Street.
  • The exact route has not been provided by the organisers as yet.
  • They have given starting time of 1pm for the march.
  • A policing plan is in place.

Saturday 10 October 1pm-5pm, StandUpX Protest:
The protest will begin at Hyde Park through to BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place. The exact route is not yet known and numbers are not confirmed. A policing plan is in place.

Saturday 10 October 9am-4pm, Annual Religious Procession from The Hussani Association (1st day): .

  • Set up from 9am at Marble Arch.
  • Will leave Marble Arch at 2pm and walk north up Edgware Road to Paddington Green.
  • Edgware Road will be closed for 2 hours to northbound through traffic.
  • Expected to finish at 4pm.
  • 1,000 people are anticipated to attend.
  • A policing plan is in place.

 

Please follow @MetPoliceEvents for up to date police information.

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