Nearest Tube: Marble Arch
This archway was originally built as the entrance archway to Buckingham Palace in 1827. It was designed by John Nash, who was influenced by the design of the Arch of Constantine in Rome.
But when the palace was extended in the 1840s the archway was deemed to be too small and so it was then moved to its present position, at the north-east corner of Hyde Park and the west end of Oxford Street, in 1851.
The only people who are allowed to pass through Marble Arch are senior members of the Royal Family and the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery.
The arch now stands on a busy traffic island, but there is in fact a long history to the site. For this is where infamous Tyburn Gallows once stood - a plaque at the bottom of the Bayswater Road marks the exact spot.
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