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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


Please select a hotel from the list of hotels in and near Memorial to the Great Exhibition. The list below displays hotels within 30 kilometers of 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 £ 58

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7.9 out of 10

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£ 58
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Astor Hyde Park Hostel

191 Queensgate South Kensington , London , SW7 5EU

Astor Hyde Park Hostel is 0.17 kilometers from Memorial to the Great Exhibition. Room prices starting from £ 17.5

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8.2 out of 10

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£ 17.5
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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 £ 153

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8.5 out of 10

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£ 153
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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8.1 out of 10

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Princes Gate Mansions

53 Princes Gate , London , SW7 2PH

Princes Gate Mansions is 0.25 kilometers from Memorial to the Great Exhibition. Room prices starting from £ 0

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0 out of 10

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Montrose Court Studio Flat

Exhibition Road , London , SW7 2QH

Montrose Court Studio Flat is 0.25 kilometers from Memorial to the Great Exhibition. Room prices starting from £ 244

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9.6 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 £ 129

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8.3 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 £ 73.8

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8.1 out of 10

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Urban Chic - Gore Street

Gore Street , London , SW7 5PT

Urban Chic - Gore Street is 0.36 kilometers from Memorial to the Great Exhibition. Room prices starting from £ 0

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8.3 out of 10

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Gorgeous 4 bed, 3 bath in heart of chic Kensington

Queen's Gate Mews , London , SW7 5QN

Gorgeous 4 bed, 3 bath in heart of chic Kensington is 0.36 kilometers from Memorial to the Great Exhibition. Room prices starting from £ 0

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7.1 out of 10

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