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Constitution Arch

The quadriga of 1912 on top of the ‘Wellington’ Arch is the largest bronze in Europe. Designed by Adrian Jones, it shows the angel of peace descending on the chariot of war. The charioteer’s face is that of the 11-year-old son of Lord Michelham, who funded the sculpture. This arch was once the northern entrance to Buckingham Palace.


Anzac Memorials

The Australian and New Zealand War Memorials are close together, remembering the million who fought in two World Wars. Every year, at dawn (5am) on ANZAC Day - April 25 - there is a moving joint service to remember the 11,000 soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who died at Gallipoli in 1915.


Machine Gun Corps

This 1919 statue of David was sculpted by Derwent Wood. ‘Saul hath slain his thousands but David his tens of thousands’ is the rather bloodthirsty inscription. After WWI, Wood made face masks for disfigured soldiers - a pioneer in the field of plastic surgery. There is a tiny original model for the statue on Cheyne Walk, Chelsea.

An awful traffic island, where Park Lane meets Knightsbridge and Piccadilly, Constitution Arch (or Wellington Arch) in the middle was conceived as a grand entrance to London and the northern entrance to Buckingham Palace.

Tube: Hyde Park Corner

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Hyde Park Corner

Apsley House

Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, bought this house from his brother after his victory at Waterloo in 1815. The first big house on the road from Kensington, it was known as No1 London. Now the Wellington Museum, it is in grand Louis XIV style, and holds such treats as a 2.5m-high nude statue of Napoleon.

Apsley House

Wellington Statue

Copenhagen, the Duke’s horse, was the grand-son of Eclipse, from whom 95% of modern thoroughbred trace their pedigree. A failed racehorse (winning once) but a great warhorse, he was given a full military funeral. An even bigger statue of Wellington that sat atop Constitution Arch for 40 years is now at Aldershot.

Royal Artillery Memorial

Charles Sargeant Jagger’s magnificent work - a giant howitzer on a marble plinth of with four bronze artillerymen, faithfully recording their uniform, equipment and sheer hard work with heavy guns - was unveiled in 1925. His depiction of a dead soldier, covered by a poncho, as well as one in a crucifixion pose, caused great controversy.

Lord Byron

A traffic island at the bottom of Park Lane is a lonely spot for this bronze of the romantic poet - honoured in Greece, neglected in England. At least Byron does have his adoring dog Boatswain for company. Sculptor Richard C Belt won £5,000 damages in an 1882 libel case over whether this was his own work.

Park Lane SW1

‘Lost’ tube station

Now converted into Pizza On The Park, this - the only overground part of Hyde Park Corner station - fell out of use on the conversion from lifts to escalators, when new entrances had to be built for several stations. You can see a similar disused entrance at Euston. The first escalator was at Earls Court in 1911.

11 Knightsbridge SW1

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