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The Mall, London
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The Mall is a road in the City of Westminster, London running from Buckingham Palace at its western end to Admiralty Arch and on to Trafalgar Square at its eastern end. Before its termination at Whitehall it is met by Spring Gardens, which was where the Metropolitan Board of Works and, for a number of years, the London County Council were based. It is closed to traffic on Sundays and public holidays, and on ceremonial occasions.HistoryThe Mall began as a field for playing pall-mall. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was a fashionable promenade, bordered by trees.The Mall was envisioned as a ceremonial route in the early 20th century, matching the creation of similar ceremonial routes in other cities such as Berlin, Mexico City, Oslo, Paris, Saint Petersburg, Vienna and Washington, D.C. These routes were intended to be used for major national ceremonies. As part of the development – designed by Aston Webb – a new façade was constructed for Buckingham Palace, and the Victoria Memorial was erected.
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  • The Mall offers a beautiful walk connecting between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. It is all flat so easy to walk but doesn't have any toilet facilities or shops along the way so make sure yo...  more »
  • Mall-large and broad Street, where I think I never saw traffic jams. If you stand on an island of security in one of the traffic lights and take the perspective of the street into the distance, produces excellent pictures. Especially if the street is decorated with British flags, and in the frame on the roadway enters the traditional black cab. Besides away you can see Buckingham Palace: the Mall London begins from a memorial to Queen Victoria directly opposite him. And here on this overlap solemn streets I never got, probably because I don't visit here on Sunday, public holidays and during parades.
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  • Between Buckingham Palace and the Trafalgarsquare Boulevard, which is itself rather unspectacular therefore.
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