Situated in the heart of central London, Marble Arch is a world-famous landmark. It marks the gateway into Hyde Park via Speaker’s Corner, as well as the western boundary of the Oxford Street shopping district. It makes a great photo opportunity, but even more importantly, it’s a popular meeting place and starting-off point for travelling in London and beyond.
Marble Arch Tube Station is served by the Central line, which makes it very convenient to get to from most parts of London. The stations either side of it are Bond Street, which opens straight onto Oxford Street and its crowds of shoppers; and Lancaster Gate, a quieter station just 300m from another entrance to Hyde Park. Exit the station and you’ll find a wealth of buses to take you anywhere you want to go. But beware – taking a bus down Oxford Street is so slow that you might as well walk!
Across the road, you’ll find the Oxford Tube – which is not the same kind of Tube as the London Underground, but rather a coach service between London and the city of Oxford. Oxford is famous for its eponymous university and its beautiful architecture, some of it near a thousand years old. Don’t get them confused – the city of Oxford has nothing to do with the Oxford Street in London! It takes an hour and a half to get there on the coach, so a mistake might just ruin your afternoon.
Paddington Station is within walking distance of Lancaster Gate station, which is very convenient: the Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect rail services both leave from Paddington. If you’re a traveller staying in one of the many luxury hotels in central London, such as The Montcalm London Marble Arch, you’ll find that this makes it quick and easy to get to and from Heathrow Airport. Paddington is also London’s gateway to the south-west of England, with trains heading towards Wales, Oxford, Reading, Plymouth and many more fascinating destinations.
If you’d rather get around London under your own steam, you’ll find several car hire agencies such as Alamo and Hertz in the vicinity of Marble Arch station. Just one minute’s walk away, Marble Arch Car Parks in North Row allows you to keep your car secure while you enjoy a day out in the capital. If you plan to drive in central London, watch out for congestion charges. These are fees that all motorists must pay if they drive within the central zone of the city during the day; their purpose is to cut down on traffic jams and pollution from car engines.
And if you don’t need to be anywhere in a hurry, why not wander over to Hyde Park and take a ride on the Serpentine Solar Shuttle? This solar-powered boat ferries you from one end of the Serpentine lake to the other, giving you some great photo opportunities of the plants and wildlife of this gorgeous park. It’s the perfect addition to a sunny day out.