Marble Arch was originally created as a gateway to Buckingham Palace for period of 17 years, before being moved to its current location at the edge of Hyde Park. The size of Buckingham Palace was too large in scale compared to the arch, which was the primary reason behind the move. Architect Thomas Cubitt oversaw the stone-by-stone removal and reconstruction which was in place in time for the Great Exhibition in 1851.
Clad in grey Ravaccione marble from Italy, Marble Arch has gone on to become one of the iconic symbols of London. Millions of tourists shopping in the nearby Oxford, Bond and Regent Street areas make sure they head up to the arch to capture its beautiful design, or venture under its arch to enter into the expanse of Hyde Park and beyond.