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The Mall, London

Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • A street so huge, sumptuous and imposing. Walk in great family fun in the shade of the trees.
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  • I've read a lot about this scenic route toward Buckingham Palace and I made sure we would walk along it during our stay in London. Now having walked down that path, I don't think I would particularly ...  read more »
  • The Mall actually always earns the title of "Glory Road", because the Red-paved Avenue between Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace of ancient trees is really fantastically beautiful. Unfortunately the countless over bretternden cars and tourist buses spoil the mood one weekday a little. Beautiful is it then on the weekend, there namely the Mall for the road will be blocked and you can wonderfully stroll on the wide Avenue and approaching so slowly at Buckingham Palace!
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