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The tree-lined processional Mall is often used by heads of state and other prestigious visitors when visiting the queen at the palace. Stroll down this famous 0.6-mile (1-kilometer) road and note the important historical attractions along the way.
The Mall was originally created by Charles II in 1660 as a pitch for paille-maille, a form of croquet. When Buckingham Palace became Queen Victoria’s official royal residence, the road was repurposed as a ceremonial route. Note that the tarmac is red, evoking a classic red carpet. On state occasions, the queen often rides a golden carriage down this road while making her signature wave to the crowds.
Start in Trafalgar Square at the south end of the Mall, opposite the palace. Built between 1829 and 1841 in honor of Lord Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, this historic square is a popular spot for celebrations, parades and demonstrations.
As you walk through the large Admiralty Arch, you’ll see St. James’s Park on your left side. Commissioned by Henry VIII in 1536, the area is known as London’s oldest park. Walk along the bridge to see picturesque views of Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss the daily mid-afternoon feeding of the park’s pelicans.
If you’re lucky, you might see bands and troops making their way along the Mall from St. James's Palace for the Changing the Guard at the palace. The Mall is particularly lively during the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony, a celebration of the queen’s birthday, which takes place in June. Enjoy the elaborate military parade and all the pomp you’d expect from a royal ceremony.
The Mall is often decorated with British flags, as well as those of any heads of state who are present. Visit in April when the Mall serves as the finish line for the London Marathon.
To reach the Mall, take the Tube to Charing Cross Station. The road is open daily for walkers and is closed to traffic on Sundays, public holidays and for ceremonial events.
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London Aquarium are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lambeth North Underground Station is 6 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Victoria Palace Theatre and Apollo Victoria Theatre. Buckingham Palace and St. James Park are also within 15 minutes. Victoria Underground Station and London Victoria Rail Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Lyceum Theatre, The Strand and Aldwych Theatre. Covent Garden Market and Royal Opera House are also within 5 minutes. Temple Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Covent Garden Underground Station is 7 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this boutique hotel is steps away from Charing Cross and The Strand. Trafalgar Square and National Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Charing Cross Underground Station and Embankment Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of The British Museum, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Piccadilly Circus. Hyde Park and London Eye are also within 2 mi (3 km). Goodge Street Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Warren Street Underground Station is 7 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Buckingham Palace, Apollo Victoria Theatre, and St. James Park. Westminster Abbey and Victoria Palace Theatre are also within 10 minutes. St. James's Park Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Victoria Underground Station is 7 minutes.
This family-friendly London hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Oxford Circus. Buckingham Palace and Green Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Piccadilly Circus Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Leicester Square Underground Station is 7 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower of London. Tower Bridge and The British Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Blackfriars Underground Station and St. Paul's Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.