Things to do near Marble Arch
Landmarks near Marble Arch
Unsurprisingly, the most iconic landmark in the area is the Marble Arch itself. It is said that only the Royal Family and one ceremonial unit of the British Army are allowed to pass through the arch (but what happens if you break this rule? There is only one way to find out). Near the arch you will also see an impressive bronze sculpture called Still Water, depicting a giant disembodied horse’s head. The art work was created by Nic Fiddian-Green, who specialises in life-like depictions of horses.
Nature near Marble Arch
When you are tired of noise, pollution and crowds, Hyde Park awaits. Due to its size, a short walk can take you away to a place where you cannot see a single car. It’s a great opportunity to have a picnic or to visit the Serpentine Gallery for a dose of modern art. If you are after something different, visit the Speakers Corner on a Sunday. Orators on all topics – politics to eternal damnation – gather here to preach to the masses. Hecklers are also interesting to watch, they challenge and infuriate the orators, starting a dialogue that really goes places.
Shopping near Marble Arch
Oxford Street is the obvious choice, as you can start your walk from the Marble Arch itself and move down towards the city centre. You won’t need to walk far before you come across Selfridge’s. Selfridge’s is famous for fashionable designer clothing, but there is more to do there than that. It has a great food hall, with a room dedicated just to chocolate. Some people visit Selfridge’s solely to see its window displays, which are magnificent, designer-curated and often designed around a particular theme.