London’s £2million Marble Arch Mound mocked for looking like a ‘slag heap’

The Marble Arch Mound opened up to members of the public yesterday – but the 25-metre man-made mountain in the middle of London hasn’t been well received by everyone

A £2million project to create a 25-metre hill for tourists to walk up and enjoy London’s skyline has been mocked ruthlessly online.

The Marble Arch Mound has swiftly become the subject of mockery – after finally opening to visitors – with one describing it as the ‘worst thing they’ve done in London.’

The mound – which costs £4.50 to climb – has gone viral on Twitter as people shared comparisons on how the artificial mound was set to look, compared to reality.

The man-made attraction, created by Westminster City Council, opened up to members of the public yesterday and is set to run until January 2022.

Visitors are meant to be able to see sweeping views of the capital’s Oxford Street, Hyde Park, Mayfair and Marylebone – but people who trekked to the top claimed they couldn’t see as much as they expected.

One social media user joked: “You cannot tell me the Marble Arch mound doesn’t look like the first level in Mario 64.”

“This looks so so mediocre. Especially when for £16 you could jump in a black cab from Marble Arch to Primrose Hill and see a far better view,” added another.

A third jokily tweeted: “Is this a joke or have the Tories really built a 2 million quid slag heap by Marble Arch?”

Meanwhile, some actual visitors didn’t hold back, as one woman shared a series of photos of the view, adding: “Marble Arch Mound is the worst thing I’ve ever done in London.”

Marketing expert Dan Barker, who visited yesterday, said the original drawings and the marketing description “do not quite match reality.”

Tourist hotspot Hyde Park is obscured by trees, he added, while visitors looking east “overlook an odd area full of rubble.”

Meanwhile, a description of the attractions says the hill’s interior features a ‘hollowed out space that will be used as a café, shop and exhibition space’, but visitors found an “emptyish storage area. “

He tweeted: “It also seems the team who planned it perhaps designed it in Winter and forgot about the trees already in the area, which change the impression of it vs the plans.”

In a statement issued yesterday, Westminster Council said they were “aware that elements of the Marble Arch Mound are not yet ready for visitors.”

The authority added: “In light of the delay, we are offering anybody who has booked a visit during the first week a return ticket free of charge so that they can enjoy the full experience including the Lightfield art installation, M&S Food, and the landscape once it has had time to bed in and grow.

“People who visited the Mound today, and people who are booked for the rest of the week (including the weekend), will be contacted and offered a refund and a free return ticket so they can see the Mound at its best.

“Anyone who has booked a visit this week can go up the Mound as planned and then still take advantage of the free return ticket.

“The Mound is a living building by design. We’ll continue to adapt and improve London’s newest outdoor attraction and resolve any teething problems as they emerge.”