The Mall, Admiralty Arch and Trafalgar Square
After your visit to Buckingham Palace, one option is to continue east and walk down The Mall, the road between the palace to Trafalgar Square, via the magnificent Admiralty Arch. This road is famous for state functions, as well as for wedding and funeral processions. The Admiralty Arch is a landmark building that provides road and pedestrian access to Trafalgar Square. It is a Neoclassical style government building completed in 1912, commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother, Queen Victoria.
Trafalgar Square is a symbolic monument that commemorates the country’s naval victory in Battle of Trafalgar during Napoleonic Wars with France and Spain in 1805. The 52-metre Nelson’s Column is guarded by lion statues and was built between 1840 to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson, who died at the battle. Formerly known as Charing Cross, the area has been an important landmark since 13th century which contained the King’s Mews before King George IV moved it to Buckingham Palace. The square has been used for community gatherings and political demonstrations, as well as annual celebrations on New Year’s Eve.