Queen Elizabeth Gate
New Zealand Monument
The simple yet evocative New Zealand Monument , erected in 2006, consists of 16 cross-shaped bronze ‘standards’ set out on a grassy...
Dominating the green space throttled by the Hyde Park Corner roundabout, this imposing neoclassical 1826 arch originally faced the Hyde...
Galvin at Windows
This swish bar on the edge of Hyde Park opens onto stunning views, especially at dusk. Mocktail and cocktail prices reach similar...
You’ll have to book a month in advance to eat here (or resign yourself to 6pm or 10pm if you book just a few days before), but you’ll...
149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner · interesting places nearby
Apsley House information
This stunning house, containing exhibits about the Duke of Wellington, victor of Waterloo against Napoleon Bonaparte, was once the first building to appear when entering London from the west and was therefore known as 'No 1 London'. Wellington memorabilia, including the duke's death mask, fills the basement gallery , while there's an astonishing collection of china and silver, and paintings by Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Brueghel and Murillo and Goya on the first-floor Waterloo Gallery.
The stairwell is dominated by Antonio Canova’s staggering 3.4m-high statue of a fig-leafed Napoleon with titanic shoulders, adjudged by the subject as ‘too athletic’. Another highlight is the elaborate Portuguese silver service, presented to Wellington in honour of his triumph over ‘Le Petit Caporal’.