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A 19th-century white Carrara marble triumphal archway, Marble Arch is an iconic London landmark. Built in 1827, the arch was originally sited at the entrance of Buckingham Palace. It was moved to its current location in 1851 and now stands isolated, on a large traffic island at the junction of Oxford Street, Park Lane and Edgware Road. Historically, only members of the royal family and the royal horse artillery were permitted to pass through the arch, and this still stands today, in ceremonial processions.
Release your inner shopaholic with a trip down Oxford Street, London's primary retail arena. With over three hundred shops on the one street, and five million square feet of retail space, it’s one of London's busiest streets. Famous department stores abide here, such as Debenhams, John Lewis, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. Two large Primark stores are also ideally placed, to pacify those serious bargain hunters. Further along is the equally popular Regent Street, home to Hamley's Toy Store, the biggest toy store in the world.
You could pack a picnic and head to the famous Hyde Park, the original home of the famous Crystal Palace, for the afternoon. The park is now more famous for its summer concerts and also for Speakers Corner, a popular forum for public speaking. Snatch an early morning stroll and catch the Household Cavalry as they ride through the park from the Hyde Park Barracks en route to Buckingham Palace.
When night falls there are plenty of things to do in the Marble Arch area. You might like to take in a comedy, opera or dance show at the famous London Palladium Theatre. If you like bourbon, head to the Bourbon Bar at JW Steakhouse, where you can not only have a superb meal, but also sample part of the largest and most varied selection of bourbon in the city. Choose from in excess of 160 rare, pre-prohibition, single barrel and small batch bourbons.
Fancy a spot of partying with the stars? David Beckham, One Direction and Pixie Lott have all been spotted having fun at Chakana. This is a late-night Incan inspired lounge bar owned by Nick House, the entrepreneur behind the famous London nightclubs, Mahiki and Whisky Mist.
Oxford Street is full of cafés and restaurants and there is something for everyone. If you just want a coffee and a bite to eat, then head to Pret-a-Manger for up-market fast food. For a more filling bite, try Prezzo in Great Cumberland Place for excellent Italian food.
Whatever you are looking for in London, a stay near Marble Arch can give it, due to its excellent central location. We hope you enjoy your stay!
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