Marble Arch is situated at the far western end of Oxford Street , a stone’s throw from Selfridges where you must take your escort and treat her to one of the many designer brands.
The arch was designed by John Nash in 1828 and was based on Constantine’s triumphal arch in Rome. Built of Carrara marble it was originally situated on the Mall as a gateway to Buckingham Palace but was relocated to its present location in 1851.
Your escort will be fascinated by the popular story that it was moved because it was too narrow for Queen Victoria’s state carriage to pass through! In fact historically only the Kings’ Troop, the Royal Horse Artillery and the royal family in ceremonial processions have been allowed to pass through.
Across from the arch is Hyde Park , one of London’s many large open spaces and a lovely place to walk with your escort girlfriend and enjoy all the many goings on. You might be lucky to spot a well known politician speaking from his soap box at Speakers Corner where Marble Arch meets Hyde Park – often attracting a large crowd to hear what they have to say.
Along Oxford Street near the arch is the largest Marks & Spencer store in the UK.
Marble Arch has in it a number of rooms and historically was used as a police station – your escort will love the romanticism that one of its constables called Samuel Parkes was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War in 1854.
Close to Marble Arch is the site of the Tyburn gallows or sometimes referred to the Tyburn tree where from 1196 to 1783 public executions took place, one of its most notable victims being Oliver Cromwell, the great Protector of England. As you walk south from the arch , you should stroll Down Park lane passing some of the most prestigious hotels in London, The Grosvenor Hotel and the Dorchester which is very popular with wealthy Middle East visitors.
You may want to treat your escort to a stay at one of these impressive hotels with spa treatments and all the luxuries of a 5 class hotel.