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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 eco-friendly 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 aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace. Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus are also within 15 minutes. Green Park Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Hyde Park Corner Underground Station is 9 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Academy of Arts and Piccadilly Circus. Buckingham Palace and Oxford Circus are also within 15 minutes. Piccadilly Circus Underground Station and Green Park Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The British Museum, London Eye and Buckingham Palace. Big Ben and Hyde Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Leicester Square Underground Station and Piccadilly Circus Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Strand, Charing Cross, and Trafalgar Square. National Gallery and Leicester Square are also within 10 minutes. Charing Cross Underground Station and Embankment Station are within a 5-minute walk.
This family-friendly London hotel is located near the beach, steps away from Her Majesty's Theatre, Regent Street and Theatre Royal Haymarket. The Strand and Piccadilly are also within 5 minutes. Piccadilly Circus Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Charing Cross Underground Station is 7 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Trafalgar Square, London Eye and Buckingham Palace. Big Ben and The British Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Charing Cross Underground Station and London Charing Cross Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Spencer House, St. James Palace and Queen's Chapel. Piccadilly and St. James's Square are also within 5 minutes. Green Park Underground Station is only a 5-minute walk and Piccadilly Circus Underground Station is 9 minutes.