> Read Craig’s review of Wellington Arch Check out my London blog for a full review, with a video
Wellington Arch is also known as Constitution Arch because it stands on Constitution Hill – just off Hyde Park Corner. It was built by Decimus Burton in 1826 to celebrate the Duke of Wellington’s victory in the Napoleonic War.
The black statue on the summit was added in 1914, just before the outbreak of World War I. It is entitled Peace Descending on the Quadriga of War, and is the largest bronze statue in Britain.
Wellington Arch hides three floors detailing the history of the London’s arches – and once housed the second-smallest police-station in the capital. (The smallest being in Trafalgar Square.)
> Craig’s review of Wellington Arch – “I'm guessing that most people come to Wellington Arch for just one reason: to have a sneaky peek over the wall into Buckingham Palace. They're hoping to see the Queen sunbathing on her manicured lawn, or Prince Philip testing out his shotgun on the sparrows. Alas, the view into the gardens is quite disappointing... but more on that later. This place is like a Tardis… continued”
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