The Mall

The Mall
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The Mall, St. James’s

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Queen Victoria Memorial Queen Victoria Memorial Admiralty Arch, on The Mall Admiralty Arch

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Three hundred years ago The Mall was still a dirty, dusty track to St. James’s Palace. It wasn’t until Queen Victoria moved the royal residence to Buckingham Palace that work began on decorations.

History of The Mall

The name ‘Mall’ – and nearby Pall Mall – come from the French game Palle Maille, which the King was fond of playing up and down the muddy track.

These days, The Mall acts as a grand processional route from Her Majesty’s residence to the Admiralty Arch. The Queen rides her golden carriage past the waving crowds on State occasions.

Admiralty Arch, and Trafalgar Square

The best place to start your tour of The Mall is at the opposite end to the Palace – Trafalgar Square. This was laid out between 1829 and 1841 to commemorate Lord Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. It is now the nation’s favourite setting for celebrations, demonstrations and political rallies.

The gate through which you walk – Admiralty Arch – may look like a monument, but it is actually an office block with rooms inside. It was commissioned by King Edward VII to commemorate the death of Queen Victoria.

The inscription along the top reads ANNO DECIMO EDWARDI SEPTIMI REGIS VICTORIÆ REGINÆ CIVES GRATISSIMI MDCCCCX, which is Latin for In the tenth year of King Edward VII, to Queen Victoria, from most grateful citizens, 1910.

St. James’s Park, and the palaces

St. James’s Park is on the south side of The Mall – on your left-hand side as you walk through the arch. It is both the oldest and smallest of London’s parks, built by Henry VIII in 1536.

It takes its name from St. James’s Palace, built by Henry VIII in the 1530s. This has been home to many Kings and Queens, but now houses Prince Charles and his sons.

At the far western end of the Mall lies Buckingham Palace. This became the official home of the head of state in the reign of Queen Victoria.

  • pamHMRC – “I have been standing down the mall twice in the last 2 months, once for the royal Wedding, and once last weekend for the trooping of the colour. I feel that I have some good advice for anyone who plans to go in the future. There is definitely a 'best' place to stand if you want to see the parade. Lots of people stand by the queen Victoria memorial, but if you take my advice you will not do that, because you cannot be sure which side of the memorial they will pass. If they pass on the left the first time, they will likely pass on the right coming back, which will be too far away for you to see. And your entire view is blocked when they pass behind the memorial, which is collosal!. The best place to stand in my opinion is right at the other end of the mall, where it starts to turn right towards horse guards parade. If you can stand there, then you can see down the entire length of the road towards horse guards, and they will pass right by you as they turn, and then you can wat”

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Events at The Mall

The Virgin London Marathon 2019   

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run   

See our complete list of military parades in London

If you enjoy this then try: Buckingham Palace (you can walk it in 7 mins); Clarence House (you can walk it in 4 mins); St. James’s Palace (you can walk it in 4 mins) and St. James’s Park (you can walk it in less than 3 mins).

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