The Mall – used for major national ceremonies. The road is coloured red, using a pigment, to symbolise a long red carpet.
The Mall is the world’s most famous road. It is also called as Pall Mall or Red Route. This 1km long tree-lined Mall runs from Buckingham Palace in the west to Admiralty Arch and on to Trafalgar Square. Also nearby are Horse Guards Parade, St James’ Park and St James’ Palace.
Why the road is named Pall-Mall
This road began as a field for playing Pall-Mall. The name is derived from Pelle Melle. Pelle Melle is a game introduced by King Charles. It was traditionally played in St. James’s Park. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was a fashionable promenade, bordered by trees. Traffic was permitted on this road in 1887. In the 20th century it became a ceremonial route like other cities such as Berlin, Mexico City, Oslo, Paris, Saint Petersburg, Vienna and Washington, D.C.
Why the Mall is famous
This route is intended to be used for major national ceremonies especially British royal family members involved like Royal events such as weddings and funerals, Changing the Guard, Trooping the Colour. The Mall is coloured red, using a pigment, to symbolise a long red carpet. The Monarch often receive visiting Heads of State by escorting them in horse drawn carriages up the Mall which would be decorated with Union Flags and flags of the visiting head of state’s country.
The road is closed to traffic on Sundays, public holidays and for ceremonial events, including royal weddings, jubilee celebrations, parades and state visits.
Address Nearest Tube to the Mall
Address: The Mall, London SW1A
Nearest Tube: St James’ Park/Green Park Tube Station