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Whitehall, Sutton

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Whitehall is a road in the City of Westminster, in central London, which forms the first part of the A3212 road from Trafalgar Square to Chelsea. It is the main thoroughfare running south from the site of the original Charing Cross at the southern end of Trafalgar Square towards Parliament Square. Recognised as the centre of Her Majesty's Government, the street is lined with government departments and ministries; the name "Whitehall" is thus also frequently used as a metonym for British central governmental administration, as well as being a geographic name for the surrounding area.The name is taken from the vast Palace of Whitehall that occupied the area before its destruction by fire in 1698. Whitehall was originally a wide road that led to the front of the palace. Trafalgar Square was built at its northern extremity in the early 19th century. The southernmost portion between Parliament Square and Downing Street is named Parliament Street. Combined, Parliament Street and Whitehall cover a distance of about 0.6 mile (1 km).Whitehall is also widely known for a number of memorial statues and monuments, including Britain's primary war memorial, the Cenotaph.HistoryParliament Street was a small side road alongside the Palace of Whitehall which led to the Palace of Westminster. When the Palace of Whitehall was demolished, Parliament Street was widened to match Whitehall's width. The present appearance of the street is largely the result of 19th-century redevelopment.
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  • i was pleasantly surprised, looks can be deceiving after all. will defiantly be making another visit soon  more »
  • Excellent place to step back to the XVI Century is Cheam's surviving timber framed mansion house. Long known as 'The Meeting House' as Elizabeth I was said to have dismounted and had a chat with a Nob...  more »
  • A fascinating place to spend part of an afternoon. Nice tea rooms and lots of local history plus staff that know the area well,  more »

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