Not only is the Mall probably the most iconic street in Great Britain but this legendary road has justifiable claims of being the most recognisable in the whole world! Red tarmac covers the surface to give the impression of a giant red carpet. On a Sunday when the Mall is closed to traffic, you may observe tiny road-sweeper cars, polishing the road, as running from Buckingham Palace to Admiralty Arch, if any street deserves polishing then it the Mall.
It is safe to say that a walk down the Mall is one of those “must do” things when visiting London.
This famous road dissects two of London’s greatest parks, Green Park and St James’s Park. The rouge and shiny asphalt is complimented tastefully, by the verdure of trees that line the road, interrupted intermittently by some important and truly glamorous buildings along the route.
The first sculptured creation of beauty on the Mall is situated right outside the gates of Buckingham Palace. This golden, magnificent and photogenic statue of Queen Victoria is almost perpetually smothered by photo snapping tourists. Victoria’s image is one of greatness, for during her reign, Great Britain ruled half the world. Sculptured from one piece of solid marble, the monument was unveiled by George V in 1911.
Walking away from Buckingham Palace one may observe soldiers wearing their Beefeater hats of bear skin, standing guard in small sentry boxes at the entrance to Stables yard road. Periodically the soldiers go through a foot stomping routine, which thrills the growing mass of tourists, feverishly clicking away with their cameras. The young British soldiers are impassive and expressionless as they perform their duty for Queen and country.
Moving on in the direction of Admiralty Arch, you come across the magnificent statues of The Queen Mother and King George VI.
Passing under Admiralty Arch towards the breathtaking Nelson’s Column one may take refreshment in a London pub. In between Pall Mall and Piccadilly Circus, down a small side street called Norris Street, there is a traditional pub called Captain’s Cabin. Even though you are right in the middle of the most tourist oriented part of London, you will pay no more for your pub grub here than you would in the allegedly cheaper northern cities of Manchester or Newcastle.
Asides the trees and unique buildings, the Mall is also often lined with the Union Jack flag, which is one of the world’s most outstanding designs. In fact the British flag has become a fashion statement worldwide, with people in countries such as Spain and Japan wearing dresses and T-shirts emblazoned with the Union Jack. Although it has to be said that no street on earth can wear the Union Flag quite like the Mall can.