The Cenotaph

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Cenotaph, Whitehall, Westminster SW1
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A typical visit to Cenotaph lasts 5 mins (approx)

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The Cenotaph is London’s memorial to the war dead. Its name comes from the Greek words Kenos and Taphos, meaning ‘empty tomb.’

History of the Cenotaph

The Cenotaph that we see today was built by Edwin Lutyens at the end of World War I, to replace the plaster body which was hastily erected for the Allied Victory Parade. It now represents every Commonwealth battle since 1918.

The body consists of a simple carved wreath on either side of the words The Glorious Dead. The flags of the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force join the Union Jack around the base. There are no religious motifs on it whatsoever.

Remembrance Day Parade

Every year, on the Sunday closest to November 11th, a steady stream of veterans march down Whitehall past the Cenotaph for the Remembrance Day Parade. The Queen, Prime Minister, and other leading dignitaries gather for a sombre service, and lay poppy wreaths at the foot of the tower.

  •  Terback – “How long does this parade take typically?”
  • Admin – “If you mean the remembrance day parade then then the actual ‘parade’ part of it is between 11.30 and 12.30, but the event itself begins about 10 am when the soldiers start lining up in whitehall.”

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> Craig’s review of Cenotaph – “The Cenotaph is the one thing in London that you're not allowed to denigrate -- but what the hell, I'm going to do it anyway. If I go to hell, then I go to hell. I'm probably going there anyway so it doesn't matter. My big criticism of the Cenotaph is its location: they've marooned it on top of a tarmac island between two busy lanes of traffic. Hardly anybody goes ov… continued”

Events at Cenotaph

Remembrance Day Parade in Whitehall

If you enjoy this then try: Bomber Command Memorial (walk it in 20 mins or catch a train from Westminster to Bomber Command Memorial); Churchill War Rooms (you can walk it in less than 3 mins); Downing Street (you can walk there in less than 1 min); Imperial War Museum (walk it in 18 mins or catch a train from Westminster to Imperial War Museum) and Whitehall (you can walk it in less than 3 mins).

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