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.
For 2013 we mark the centenary of the landmark Ancient Monuments Act (1913) with five special exhibitions highlighting the movement to protect England’s heritage – from its early days through to the challenges of tomorrow.
Almost Lost: London's Buildings Loved and Loathed
Wed 4 Dec 2013 - Sun 2 Feb 2014 (Wed-Sun)
Many of London's most treasured historic landmarks were once threatened with demolition. Using the latest digital technology, 'Almost Lost' charts the highs and lows of a century of heritage protection in our capital city.
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Apsley Way, Hyde Park Corner, London - W1J 7JZ
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Suitable for weddings and corporate functions