Feature by Lizzie Guilfoyle
Wellington Arch, the well known landmark at Hyde Park Corner, has been restored by English Heritage and is now open to the public for the first time.
Originally commissioned by George IV as a grand outer entrance to Buckingham Palace, it was completed in 1830 by architect Decimus Burton and moved to its present site 52 years later.
The neo-classical arch is topped by a spectacular bronze sculpture – the largest of its kind in Europe – depicting the Angel of Peace descending on the Chariot of War.
Inside the Arch, three floors of exhibits tell its fascinating history, including its time (in the 1950s) as London’s smallest police station; while the balconies below the bronze sculpture offer bird’s-eye views of Hyde Park, Green Park and the London skyline.
Tickets: £3.10 adults, £1.60 children, £2.30 concessions, free English Heritage members.
April 1 to October 31: 10am – 5pm (except Mondays and Tuesdays).
November 1 to March 31: 10am – 4pm (except Mondays and Tuesdays).
December 24 – 26 and January 1: closed.
Bank Holidays: 10am – 5pm.
Exclusive tours are available every Monday with talk/slide presentation and refreshments on request (small charge).