Set in the heart of royal London at Hyde Park Corner, Wellington Arch was built in 1825-7 as part of a campaign to improve the royal parks. Intended as a victory arch proclaiming Wellington's defeat of Napoleon, it is crowned by the largest bronze sculpture in Europe, depicting the Angel of Peace descending on the ‘Quadriga’ – or four-horsed chariot – of War.
Today it is a landmark for both Londoners and visitors and a great addition to a memorable day out in London. Visitors can enjoy the glorious panoramas over London's Royal Parks and the Houses of Parliament from the balconies below the spectacular bronze sculpture. The view of the Household Cavalry on their way to and from the Changing of the Guard is a joy to behold!
In addition to a new exhibition about the history of Wellington Arch, the London landmark now houses an additional exhibition space - The Quadriga Gallery. The gallery hosts a series of fast-changing exhibitions exploring the history and heritage of England.
We Will Remember Them: London's Great War Memorials
Wed 16 Jul - Sun 30 Nov
2014 sees the start of the Great War commemorations. This display will show rarely seen working drawings of the designs for the London First World War memorials.
We Will Remember Them
Thu 11 Sep
Join Dr Roger Bowdler for a wander around Hyde Park Corner and take a closer look at the square's Great War monuments.
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Apsley Way, Hyde Park Corner, London - W1J 7JZ
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