With the new year approaching us, it is time to think about what we wish to experience and achieve over the next 12 months. If a trip to London is on the cards, then we highly suggest staying close to Marble Arch and seeing what this side of the city has to offer.
Hyde Park is located minutes away from Marble Arch and one of the most important spots in the city, Speakers’ Corner, can be found very close to the tube station. Here, many important figures have stood and practiced their freedom of speech, from Karl Marx to George Orwell.
There are many activities which take place in Marble Arch. In the summer you can swim in the Serpentine Lake if you feel like doing so, and there is also horse riding and boating available for those who fancy getting a little bit active.
Hyde Park is also known for its many memorials, including the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial, which is a very peaceful and beautiful fountain. There is also a very impressive statue of Achilles which is 18 foot high and was built to honour Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington.
At Christmas Hyde Park becomes the setting for the world famous Winter Wonderland, which is an absolute must-see. There is so much to see and do at Winter Wonderland, from ice skating to hopping on a thrilling ride and exploring the Magical Ice Kingdom which is filled with icy wonder. The Christmas Market here is also out of this world and the perfect place to head to for a unique Christmas gift and a delicious mince pie.
The London Beatles Walking Tour
Bring back the days of Beatlemania with the London Beatles Walking Tour, which departs from the Marble Arch area.
This is the perfect day out for Beatles fans young and old and a really unique and fun way to see different parts of the city. Tour highlights include Abbey Road where you can reenact the famous album cover and Apple Studio, as well as some of the locations from Hard Day’s Night.
Learn facts that you never knew about John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Paul McCartney, while joining in with a sing along with your tour guide. The tour does include some public transport, but you will be predominantly walking.
Shop until you drop
Marble Arch is conveniently located at the top of Oxford Street, one of the most famous shopping areas in the whole of London. There are so many high street shops that run along the street, including BHS, Coast, French Connection, Footlocker, The Disney Store, Forever 21 and more, making it the perfect destination for those who are hoping to pick up a few new purchases.
One of the best departments stores in the world, Selfridges, can also be found on Oxford Street, and is actually less than a ten minute walk from Marble Arch! Here, in the famous establishment, you can find whatever it is your heart desires – from beautiful jewellery to designer shoes and handbags, as well as perfume, electricals and more. The Foodhall is also an absolute must for foodies to experience and the selection of chocolates, wines, champagnes and teas, to name but a few, are outstanding.
The Wallace Collection
Head over to the Wallace Collection at Hertford House to take a look at what the 25 galleries within it have to offer. A truly breathtaking experience, the museum is best known for its wonderful collections of armour, paintings, furniture and porcelain, of which much of it dates back to 18th century France.
You can spend half an hour here or over two hours and you will still feel as though there was so much more to see. The intricate details on a lot of the pieces are simply exquisite and unique, and the refurbished State Rooms are a sight to behold.
There is plenty of entertainment for families to enjoy as well as some audio guides and interactive tours for those who wish to learn a bit more about what the collection holds. The Wallace Collection also sees a number of visiting collections each year, so it is worth having a look online beforehand to see if there is anything special happening during your visit.
Of course, with any great gallery or museum comes a fabulous gift shop, and there aren’t many that are as fashionable as the one you will find here! Take home a beautiful piece of jewelerry or some intricately designed plates to add to your home.
Madame Tussauds is less than a twenty minute walk away from Marble Arch and is a very, very fun place to head to, especially if you love a bit of celebrity spotting! There is a plethora of celebrity waxworks here, many of which you can pose with to have your picture taken – one of the most recent additions is Benedict Cumberbatch, who is already proving to be very popular!
There is a Marvel Superheros section which features Spider-Man, The Hulk and Captain America, to name but a few, as well as a collection dedicated to political figures, including Barack Obama and David Cameron.
Here, you can also get up close and personal with some of the biggest A-Listers on the planet, including Brad Pitt, Daniel Craig (who is suited up in James Bond attire), Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp.
The Royal Family, including The Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Royals from the past, make a special appearance.
Spa at the Montcalm
There really is nothing as relaxing as a trip to a spa and the one at the Montcalm is second to none, especially if you just want to escape the hustle and bustle of the London streets. Facilities include a sauna, steam room, monsoon shower, heated loungers and an exercise pool.
If you have the time, why not get a treatment? There are so many to choose from, including a chocolate body wrap, a plethora of facials, body scrubs, massages, waxing, manicure and pedicures, as well as a number of treatments aimed towards men.
Should you decide to stay at the Montcalm London Marble Arch and book a Club Room or one of the stylish suites, as a guest you are actually invited to enjoy a complimentary wellness treatment.