London 106 – Wellington Arch and Apsley House

After Buckingham Palace we walked along Green Park towards Wellington Arch and Apsley House. Wellington Arch is a triumphal arch built in the 1825 at Green Park Corner to commemorate Britain’s victories in the Napoleonic Wars. Although we had free entry to Wellington Arch with our London Pass but we decided to skip it and headed to the Apsley House across the road. 

All pinky in London

Meanwhile, Apsley House is better known as Number One, London, is the London townhouse of the Dukes of Wellington at Hyde Park Cornet. It was the 1st house visitors used to see when they entered London from the countryside back in the 1800s. This house is special because of the original owner, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and put him in the top rank of all time Britain’s military heroes. He was also famous for popularising the Wellington Boots, also known as the rubber boots in the 18th century.
Thanks to our London Pass, we got our free entry which normally cost £6.90 per entry. It was a lovely house with huge amount of history, great arts in the Waterloo Gallery and the amazing Waterloo Banquet. No photo taking was allowed supposedly in the house but I couldn’t resist the temptations to take some pictures when there were no one looking. I know it’s bad but I just wanted some picture memories of this lovely place and I’m sorry if it offended anyone reading this post. Apsley House is not a big museum and worth a visit if you are around Hyde Park Corner.

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Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington

Napoleon as Mars the Peacemaker Statue
The Waterloo Gallery
The Waterloo Banquet

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