The Mall

The Mall, London: Address, The Mall Reviews: 4.5/5

Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas
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The area
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Neighbourhood: 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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Holiday-Lady25
Sunderland, UK1,160 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
Great place to walk down nice and calm around the crazy traffic in the rest of london. Definitely try and take some time to visit this place.
Written 14 April 2022
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TravelinSuz
Chandler, AZ943 contributions
May 2019
What a great place to walk in the middle of the city. Always clean and well manicured. Nice respite from the city.
Written 9 April 2020
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Ana G
Sydney, Australia431 contributions
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 31 March 2020
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Stephenbkk20156
Okayama Prefecture, Japan712 contributions
Aug 2019
I am old enough to remember when there were cars buzzing past the gates of Buckingham Palace. I found things very different this time. The place is a dead zone for vehicles. The odd car comes out of the palace side gates but the rest of the area is heavily and permanently blocked.

It was when I asked myself why that the bad vibes started. There is a permanent threat of terrorism here. The police are taking no chances. Any, even minor attacks, will result in headlines around the world. Armed police. Huge concrete bollards. The panoply of ugly modern security.

The police are not aloof. They regularly interacted with the crowd. One came to give me a friendly warning that my backpack was vulnerable to the many pickpockets around. This place is a target and makes anyone there a potential victim.

It is a nice wide space, almost unprecedented in central London. It is historic, redolent with royal occasions televised worldwide. It is an exceptional neighbourhood, surrounded by buildings and features known to everyone. he vistas are wide and attractive. The crowds never less than numerous.

I didn't hanf around for long. t is no sense enticing.

But it is worth a visit.
Written 19 March 2020
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,215 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Plenty of Police presence during this time due to risk from pickpockets. A wide street where much pomp and pageantry exist, we didn't get a chance to walk it.
Written 15 March 2020
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darnoc2511
London, UK240 contributions
Feb 2020
A sunny day in February with the daffodils flowering in Regents park, to walk the lengh length of the Mall is a delight. Not as crowded as most of london, this you can find if you walk in to Trafalgar square
The Mall gallery which has the pastel exhibition on is fabulous.
Written 9 February 2020
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hnmrocks
Marstons Mills, MA377 contributions
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 6 January 2020
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David
Oxford, UK1,165 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
A location familiar to anyone who has seen a ceremonial event on TV! Great when bedecked in flags and if you are able to walk down the road of The Mall itself.
Written 15 December 2019
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,648 contributions
Jun 2019
Each time that we have visited London, we have made a point of taking a pleasant stroll along the Mall, as it is one of our favorite London boulevards.
It has been our experiences that it is better to walk here on the weekends rather than on weekdays. This is because there is a lot less traffic on the weekend. In fact, the Mall is closed to traffic on Sundays.
Our most recent walk here was on a Saturday. We had been to view the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and then on to visit the Guards’ Museum at Wellington Barracks. Later, we returned for our stroll along the Mall from the Queen Victoria Monument to Admiralty Arch.
By this time the crowds had thinned somewhat but the traffic had returned to the roadway after the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Fortunately, the traffic wasn’t too heavy. Consequently, we were able to take in the views of the stately buildings including Clarence House, to the left and the nice views across St. James’s Park to the right, in relative peace.
All too soon, our long walk along the Mall was over and it was time to move on to view some more sights. A walk along the Mall, is highly recommended as a “must-do” activity for any tourist visiting London for the first time!
Written 5 December 2019
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Laura R
87 contributions
Aug 2019
Walked up the Mall after visiting Buckingham Palace, a lovely stretch to wander along. It’s a delight to undertake such a walk in the sure and certain knowledge that you’re seldom likely to go wrong. The Union Flags swaying in the spring breeze and seeing Clarence house.
Written 30 September 2019
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