Marble Arch, an imposing monument, stands on a traffic island at the centre of a major road junction in central London, separating some of the capital's most famous roads. From here, the retail paradise of Oxford Street leads off to the east towards Bond Street, a centre for luxury shopping, and Tottenham Court Road, whose store windows are filled with all the latest electronic equipment. Park Lane and Bayswater Road, lined by grand hotels, run off Marble Arch to the south and west respectively, past the green acres of Hyde Park. Edgware Road, a great destination for cosmopolitan dining, heads north west from the junction. Marble Arch itself is a dramatic structure, designed by John Nash after the example of the Arch of Constantine in Rome. Made from white marble, it originally stood in The Mall as the gateway to Buckingham Palace, but when Queen Victoria extended the palace in 1851, the Arch was moved to its current position close to the site of the old Tyburn gallows where crowds once watched the public executions of criminals and political prisoners. These days, political agitators are more likely to be found sounding off on a soapbox at the nearby Speaker's Corner.
Conveniently located off Portman Square, The Leonard has received Johansen's London Hotel of the Year Award (1997). The 21 air-conditioned suites and 23 bedrooms are beautifully decorated with a ... More
Within 5 minutesí walk of Hyde Park, Oxford Streetís shops and Marble Arch Underground Station, this 5-star hotel features a modern bar and an on-site spa. Free internet access is available throughout The Montcalm. Buckingham ... More
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Part of an 1830s Georgian Terrace, this new townhouse hotel preserves many of its historical characteristics, whilst offering modern comfort in the heart of London.
All rooms are designer decorated, luxuriously appointed ... More
Modern, newly refurbished hotel with a warm, friendly hospitality which is second to none, matching the facilities and quality service to the perfect location. All rooms with remote control colour ... More
A luxury lifestyle boutique hotel situated moments away from Hyde Park, not to mention London's exclusive shopping destinations of Marylebone and Mayfair. Contemporary design and hi-tech gadgetry lie at the heart of this hotel.
MiNC- Mayfair Court Apartments have been tastefully restored within this period building located one block off the centre of Oxford Street opposite Selfridges. The apartments are one bedroom with an ... More
After a multimillion pound restoration programme, Londonís largest five star hotel re-launches as Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel establishing the hotel as the European flagship for the brand. The extensive restoration programme includes five ... More
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Edgar the Peaceable Unites English Kingdoms - 0959, World's first railway inaugurated - 1604, First edition of the News of the World - 1843, First British Cable Car Opens - 1894, Kipling publishes Kim - 1901, Lawrence of Arabia Takes Damascus - 1918, 1st McDonalds opens in London - 1974, Toxteth Riots - 1985, Durham Pioneers Congestion Charge - 2002 More dates from British history