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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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  • I love power out of Trafalgar Square, pass by Admiralty Arch and walk by The Mall to get the Palace of Buckingham. With the huge park on the side it's a mandatory walk
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  • Along with the Champs Elysees in Paris and the Shibuya crossing in Tokyo, this grand, wide road is beset with tourists risking traffic to capture the perfect photo. It's understandable as the view dow...  more »
  • It is a wide Boulevard which joins from West to East Buckingham Palace to Admiralty Arch, near Trafalgar Square. Has a length of about 1 km and crosses Spring Gardens, which have been over the years the seat of Metropolitan Board of Works and the London County Council. The Avenue is closed to traffic on Sundays and public holidays, as well as at ceremonies. The Victoria Memorial, dedicated to Queen Victoria, is placed immediately in front of the gates of Buckingham Palace, while the Admiralty Arch, almost opposite of the Avenue leads into the square. Just south of the Mall is St. James's Park, while on the north side there are Green Park and St. James's Palace. At the eastern end of the Boulevard is Horse Guards Parade, the headquarters of the Royal guards on horseback, where there is the traditional parade called "Trooping the Colour". In short, we are in the heart of the attractions of English royalists and love dgli ceremonials for their history and their traditions
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