The Mall
Points of Interest & LandmarksHistoric Walking Areas
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 7 min walk
  • Piccadilly Circus • 8 min walk

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4.5
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan7,351 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
The mall this is the Royal Red Carpet Road in London. I loved its conceptualisation. It is not a coincidence that it is red in colour. It is a fact that the surface of The Mall is given this colour to create the effect of a long red carpet leading all the way from Trafalgar Square to the Buckingham Palace. This colour was developed by the chemist Ernest Lovell who used synthetic iron oxide pigment to produce this particular shade in bulk quantities. The grand Admiralty Arch is situated on The Mall’s eastern edge. You can see many famous historical buildings on this road like the Clarence house and the Saint James’s Palace. This grand route was designed to honour Queen Victoria. Before that it was a field to play Pall-Mall, or Pelle Melle, hence the name Mall was evolved. Since then all royal processions take this route. It plays a major role in all royal coronations, funerals, state openings of Parliament, Trooping of the Colour, Changing of the Guards and state visits. It was opened to traffic in 1887 but ordinary buses are not allowed on this road. Do give it a little attention when you walk over it.
Written July 15, 2023
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Ana G
Sydney, Australia417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
I can not believe that I was in London and I got to walk down The Mall.

For so many years I have seen this road on TV. From weddings to funerals this street is iconic, and I walked down this road.

It's a lovely walk, wide footpath and as I was there is April it wasn't too crowded.
Written March 31, 2020
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Chris M
Lichfield, UK1,132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
There is always something to see when you walk the length of The Mall. Whether it's for a purpose visit to the Palace, or to get to one the parks.
It has a traditional Brit feel about it, Union Jacks flying.
A London must!
Written March 27, 2024
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William P
Glendale, AZ1,262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We started at the Admiralty Arch and began our stroll up The Mall. It was decorated with many, many Union Jacks flanking the Mall in preparation for the Queen's Jubilee next week - very impressive. Looking down the Mall at the Wedding Cake was a beautiful sight! But then the heavens opened up and the rains came down! But it didn't put a damper on our sightseeing! We continued on our stroll once the downpour stopped!
Written May 24, 2022
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Jane S
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
I went to pay my respects to our Queen, & to watch the fantastic parade. Where I stayed all night was near on the Mall & the public toilets, plus a smallish (maybe) pop up cafe. Where I was I could view the exterior of Buckingham Palace. It was so worth while!
Written September 28, 2022
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Cheryl C
Hingham, MA9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
There is absolutely nothing along this half-mile route including any place to rest. It's all along Saint James Park and there's no place to rest along the park either. Not one bench!!! I have no clue why it got such high ratings. I'm a senior at 76 years old and found it very trying to walk the entire route without resting. Near the end of the route I had to get off and walked through the park several hundred feet just to find one bench. Totally unacceptable. There is also nothing to see there. Not even one musician or one cart where you could buy water. Worse walk of my life:-)
Written September 18, 2023
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
PROS
* The triumphal pathway for royal celebrations and marches
* Wide official boulevard
* Always bedecked in national flags

​CONS
* It's a long walk from one end to the other
* with two parks on each side, there is no place to visit or sit during that walk
* It can be blocked off regularly due to events

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
... as i walked from Trafalgar Square and Admiralty Arch to Buckingham Palace. As usual, I took a good number of "helpful" photos that I hope that you will find useful

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
It is free

WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE" AGAIN?
Sure- on my next visit

ADVICE
You should do this walk- with good shoes

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Written February 13, 2024
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hnmrocks
Marstons Mills, MA359 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
You’ll instantly recognize the Mall from many royal events as this is the road that leads you to and from Buckingham Palace, past St. James Park. It is a lovely tree-lined street worth walking along, either to or away from the palace.
Written January 6, 2020
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Resort22018
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I walked along the Mall several times during my trip in early April - and it was so beautiful! This is one of the best walks in this lovely city! Buckingham Palace dominates one end of the Mall, but Clarence House, St. James' Palace and other historic buidlings can also be viewed along this elegant blvd. St, James' Park, which abuts the Mall, is simply breath-taking in spring!
Written April 21, 2004
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK5,681 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Yet another area of London our American friends had never heard of the house at the end obviously but not The Mall, it was littered with cyclists on a family London event before the real race the next day, beautiful and not to be missed when visiting London.
Written August 13, 2019
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