Flanked by Union Jack flags and painted a distinctive red hue (to look like a giant red carpet), The Mall in southwest London is an official royal road and arguably the most important street in the city. This one-kilometre-long thoroughfare in the City of Westminster connects Trafalgar Square with Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the British Royal Family.
The Mall is the primary ceremonial road in London, often used for parades, royal processions and national celebrations like the Queen's birthday and Royal Weddings. It's also the final destination for runners participating in the annual London Marathon and various other sporting events.
Visitors should note that The Mall is closed to traffic on Sundays, public holidays and during ceremonial events.
This 23-hectare green space right in the centre of London is the oldest Royal Park in the city. It's surrounded by three palaces - Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Whitehall. Visit St James' Park and you'll see colourful flower gardens, bubbling fountains and - if you're lucky - one or two of the pelicans that have lived here for nearly 400 years.
Designed by Sir Aston Webb and completed in 1912, Admiralty Arch is a distinctive Edwardian monument that crosses The Mall. The triumphal arch serves as a gateway between Trafalgar Square and the rest of The Mall.
The royal residence at Clarence House, which is attached to St James' Palace, served as the home of The Queen Mother from 1953 til 2002. Built between 1825 and 1927, Clarence House is one of the last remaining aristocratic townhouses in the city. These days, it's the official residence of Prince Charles (the Prince of Wales) and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall.
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