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Memorial to the Great Exhibition

In 1851 an exhibition of culture and industry took place in London, and was known as the 'Great Exhibition', though is sometimes referred to as the 'Crystal Palace Exhibition. This exhibition ran for six months, from May 1st to October 11th, and drew in a whopping 6million visitors during that time - that's a third of the entire country's population, each of whom paid a shilling to enter! To commemorate this huge success, it was decided that a memorial should be erected in Hyde Park, however permission to build on this location was denied, and so the site of the memorial was moved to the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens instead.

A competition to design the memorial was announced in July 1857, which gave both national and international architects and sculptors the chance to design a suitable memorial that would cost £6,000 or less to create. 27 entries were received, the winning one being by Englishman Joseph Durham, which was later modified by Sydney Smirke.

Many different options were discussed as to what statue would be placed atop the memorial - Britannia (the female representation of Britain) was considered, as was a statue of Prince Albert. However, Albert was too embarrassed by this, and so it wasn't until well after his death in 1851, that the memorial, with a statue of Albert sat atop it, was erected in the RHS Gardens in 1863. In the early 1890's the memorial was moved from this position, and now stands behind the Royal Albert Hall.


Hotels near Memorial to the Great Exhibition


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Beit Hall

Prince Consort Road , London , SW7 2BB

Beit Hall is 0.03 kilometers from Memorial to the Great Exhibition. Room prices starting from £ 51

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7.8 out of 10

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The Gore Hotel – Starhotels Collezione

190 Queen's Gate , London , SW7 5EX

The Gore Hotel – Starhotels Collezione is 0.17 kilometers from Memorial to the Great Exhibition. Room prices starting from £ 148.75

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8.5 out of 10

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£ 148.75
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Luxury 2 bed apartment in South Kensington

21 Queen's Gate Place , London , SW7 5NY

Luxury 2 bed apartment in South Kensington is 0.21 kilometers from Memorial to the Great Exhibition. Room prices starting from £ 0

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Queensgate Court

24 Queensgate , London , SW7 5JE

Queensgate Court is 0.25 kilometers from Memorial to the Great Exhibition. Room prices starting from £ 0

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8.5 out of 10

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The Queens Gate Hotel

31-34 Queen's Gate , London , SW7 5JA

The Queens Gate Hotel is 0.30 kilometers from Memorial to the Great Exhibition. Room prices starting from £ 121.5

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8.1 out of 10

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Lux London Hyde Park Gate

35 Hyde Park Gate , London , SW7 5DN

Lux London Hyde Park Gate is 0.31 kilometers from Memorial to the Great Exhibition. Room prices starting from £ 349

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9.2 out of 10

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Princes Gardens

Imperial College London, Prince's Garden, Watts Way , London , SW7 1BA

Princes Gardens is 0.32 kilometers from Memorial to the Great Exhibition. Room prices starting from £ 56

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8.2 out of 10

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Queen's Gate Terrace

Flat 6, 19 Queens Gate Terrace London, Sw7 5Pr , London , SW7 5PR

Queen's Gate Terrace is 0.35 kilometers from Memorial to the Great Exhibition. Room prices starting from £ 0

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The Knightsbridge Queen

71/72 Exhibition Road Flat 9 , London , SW7 2PA

The Knightsbridge Queen is 0.38 kilometers from Memorial to the Great Exhibition. Room prices starting from £ 0

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5.2 out of 10

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Knightsbridge Apartment

12 Ennismore Gardens , London , SW7 1AA

Knightsbridge Apartment is 0.43 kilometers from Memorial to the Great Exhibition. Room prices starting from £ 0

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