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The Mall

Beamed into homes around the world when London puts on displays of pomp and ceremony, The Mall skirts St James's Park, linking Buckingham Palace in the west to Admiralty Arch and Trafalgar Square in the east. It was built as a ceremonial route in the early 20th century, although Charles II – seeking a pitch for the ball and mallet game ‘pallemaille’ – had laid it out before Buckingham Palace rose to prominence. Coloured red to give it the effect of a giant red carpet, the elegant stretch is used for occasions like the visits of heads of state, and when the Queen takes to her carriage and waves to the crowds. It also serves as the finishing point of the London Marathon.

The Mall
Opening Times: Open daily, except during special events
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