You can make your way from Marble Arch to The Portman gastropub in just 4 minutes on foot; where you’ll be able to enjoy fine dining from our upstairs restaurant or some pub grub from our downstairs bar area.
About Marble Arch
Marble Arch was originally constructed as a grand entrance to Buckingham Palace when it was designed by John Nash in 1827 but was later moved in 1851 to its current location. The Arch sits on an intersection between Park Land, Oxford Street and Edgware Road. Originally placed on The Mall the arch was subsequently deemed too small for the stream of Royal coaches making use of the gateway and was subsequently repositions to its current location. The landmark now represents the end of Oxford Street and an entrance to Hyde Park, where Speakers Corner can be found.
The area is made up of two traffic islands encircled by a constant stream of traffic in one of the busier areas of London. However this Grade I listed Arch acts as a beautiful gateway into the more peaceful Hyde Park. In history Marble Arch was only intended to be used by members of the Royal Family, Royal Horse Artillery and King’s Troop however this is now only the case for processions and ceremonies.
What to Expect
The arch itself takes its name from the Carrara marble used for the construction of this monument. Design influence comes from the famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France and the Arch on Constantine situated in Rome, Italy.
Marble Arch is in fact the name given to the entire area, consisting of two traffic islands, and not just the arch itself. The Eastern island, on which the arch is situated, also contains a grass terrace on its Western side. Bordering the arch you’ll see a number of associated flags as well as a line of stone planters bringing a splash of colour to the area throughout the summer months.
The island located to the West of the arch contains a beautiful water feature in addition to another grassy terrace area. You’ll also be able to find public toilets within the sunken area. The road dissecting the two islands is solely for buses.
The piazza, found directly South of the arch, is styled in a 1960’s fashion and makes use of Portland Stone, which provides a light grey hue; complimenting the lightly coloured marble used to construct the arch. Indeed it was not until the 1960’s that these terraces and water features were installed; coinciding with the creation of Park Lane. After sitting dormant and empty for more than a decade the fountains and pump rooms were completely refurbished in June of 2009 and are now fully functional; part of a public realm improvement project for the area.
Marble Arch is easily reached by the London tube station of the same name located on the central (red) line. The main exit is situated at the very end of Oxford Street as the road blends into Marble Arch; when exiting you’ll almost instantly see the arch ahead and to your right (looking South West).
The tube station is equipped with payphones, WiFi access and escalators but no lifts. There are however no cash machines or toilets although you’ll find public toilets located on the Western side of Marble Arch in a sunken area.
From Marble Arch it’s a simple 4 minute walk to reach The Portman and enjoy a well-deserved breakfast, lunch or dinner.
From the arch head directly across the street (North) to Great Cumberland Place. If exiting from the main Marble Arch tube station exit turn right along Oxford Street where you’ll see the arch on your left then take the very next right turning for Great Cumberland Place. Follow the road taking the third left turning (West) along Upper Berkeley Street; it won’t be long until you see The Portman appear on your left hand side on the corner with Seymour Place.