THE Marble Arch Mound, which was called “London’s worst tourist attraction” will be free to the public for good after a disastrous opening.
Originally meant to cost between £4.50 and £8 to climb, the attraction will remain free going forward.
The artificial hill was built at the top of Park Lane with views over Hyde Park in a bid to attract tourists back to the West End after the pandemic left London deserted.
Costing £2million, the mound promised “an experience of the great outdoors” with sweeping views of central London.
However, it was mocked and labelled a “monstrosity” after the reality was very different to what was originally planned.
Twitter use Dan Baker went viral after he explained the many problems the mound had, saying: “First, the original plan drawings and the marketing description do not quite match reality.
“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.”
This means that the “striking views over London and the park” are impossible due to the obstruction of the trees.
Even worse, guests leave via the “heart of the Mound” which he said was just inside a “25m enormous scaffold”.
People went to visit for themselves and were left less than impressed – Emma Wright wrote: “Marble Arch Mound is the worst thing I’ve ever done in London.”
Melissa Fehr said: “I ran to the s*** hill at Marble Arch today and it did not disappoint. It’s literally just scaffolding covered in patchy sod and plastic sheeting.”
Compared to a slag heap, it was forced to close after two days, with the boss behind the attraction admitting that his council made a mistake.
Mr Stuart Love said: “We wanted to open the mound in time for the summer holidays and we did not want to disappoint people who had already booked tickets.
“We made a mistake and we apologise to everyone who hasn’t had a great experience on their visit.”
The attraction will close in January, as previously planned.