You’ll never be short of things to do and see when you take a trip to London, thanks to all of the amazing attractions and unique activities that the city offers. Unfortunately not everyone will have a lot of free time during their stay. Whether you have a morning free before a business meeting or you’re a keen tourist who wants to tick as much as you can off your London bucket list, there are bunch of fun things to do around the Wellington Arch. The historic location has been a hotspot for travellers for years and we’ve put together a list of the best things to do and see within an hour.
In 2015 the city of London celebrated the anniversary of the day that Wellington fought off the invading French forces and was able to defeat an over-confident Napoleon. The 200-year anniversary of the famous Battle of Waterloo saw the introduction of this fascinating new experience, which gives you the opportunity to delve into the history of one of London’s most famous conflicts.
After waking up at one of our Luxury hotels in London West End, enjoy some breakfast then head over to the fourth floor of the Wellington Arch. Enjoy an hour travelling through history as you read about the hundreds of French soldiers who tried to force their way past British defences. This is a great learning experience for anyone on a tight schedule who wants to discover more about the history of London.
Make your way to the top of the arch for a sneaky peek into the Queen’s back garden. The huge structure was built in 1825 as a memorial to the victories won during the Napoleonic Wars. Since then it’s been a hotspot for visitors who want to learn about the history of London’s conflicts, while offering them a great view of Hyde Park and the surrounding areas.
If you look hard enough you may be able to see one of our boutique hotels in London, one of which is right down the road from the Wellington Arch. Some of the views from the top include the Houses of Parliament and, if you get there at the right time, the Changing of the Guard. Be sure to take your camera if you decide to stop by, so you can snap some shots.
It may be hard to believe when you look at the sheer size of the Wellington Arch, but it hasn’t always sat in the same place. In fact, it was moved just 20 years after it was first built. That probably conjures up all sorts of questions about how they could simply move such a huge monument. You can find out the answers and even more at the exhibit on the first floor. If you have an hour spare in the afternoon then it’s definitely worth heading over to browse the timeless collection of historical documents and artefacts that will paint you a picture of 18th century London.