Admiralty Arch
Admiralty Arch
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This quintuple-arched ceremonial gateway, designed in 1910 by Sir Aston Webb, serves as an elegant passageway from Trafalgar Square towards Buckingham Palace.
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 2 min walk
  • Embankment • 6 min walk
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
PROS
* Impressive dignified and regal curved structure with multiple arches
* It defines the path from Trafalgar Square and onto the Mall and up to Buckingham Palace
* There is some history to it- built as a memorial to Queen Victoria and then used as the offices of His Majesty's Royal navy and now what? A hotel?

CONS
* It's just an arch on a street, albeit a fancy one

I VISITED THIS PLACE...
... during my expedition to see and document absolutely everything that I could in Westminster. I had seen and walked under this before, and so I did that again. There was construction and pedestrian detours.

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
It is free

WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE" AGAIN?
Sure, since I intend to visit Buckingham Palace, walk the length of the Mall and go to the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square again on my next visit.

ADVICE
* Yes- go to see it- walk or drive underneath it and then move on
Written 9 February 2024
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan7,274 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We saw this double faceted arch from the Trafalgar Square as well as the Mall. There are in fact 3 arches, the central one is exclusive to the Royal family. Carriages go through it. London Marathon is the only time the general public is allowed to go through this grand edifice. It was Commissioned by King Edward VII to commemorate Queen Victoria's death. It was designed by Sir Aston Webb and completed in 1912. Admiralty Arch stands majestically at the North east end of The Mall. It is an arch which has embellishments on both faces. It gives a lovely backdrop to the Trafalgar Square on one hand and gives a majestic touch to The Mall. The interior of one of the arches has a funny irregularity. There is a small protuberance which looks like a human nose. Soldiers believed that this bump was built to honour the Duke of Wellington, as he had a huge nose. So they made sure that they rubbed this protrusion for good luck every time they rode beneath this arch. Try finding this nose.
Written 15 July 2023
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary3,529 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Business
The Arch was designed by Aston Webb who designed the new façade of Buckingham Palace. It is an impressive and a landmark building in London. Take a walk from here to Buckingham Palace through the Mall.
Written 21 June 2023
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,792 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
In my electric wheelchair, it was tricky to cross under the Admiralty Arch with all the fencing and traffic as a result of Jubilee in summer 2022…but I still enjoyed the experience. It’s the coolest way to enter Trafalgar Square. Photo-ops were made for this place!
Written 5 June 2023
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,729 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Admiralty Arch is a piece of historic architecture in London that combines governmental purpose and ceremonial function. The governmental purpose is it was connected to the Admiralty (Royal Navy HQ) and served as the official residence of the highest ranking Naval Officer, the First Sea Lord. The ceremonial function is the arched path of street and pedestrian connection between Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace on The Mall which makes it primary route of Royal and other celebratory processions. It is one of those architectural must sees in London. With that said, the British government sold the arch in 2012 and it is scheduled to be a hotel in late 2023. We saw it under construction.
Written 27 May 2023
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic8,174 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
As with any other places in London, I'm surprised that there are just roads leading through the buildings in London. This was one of the stop at free walking tour in London.
Written 2 December 2022
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15,056 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
You will pass through it as you go from The Mall towards Trafalgar Square. It once served at Admiralty offices, but now is a hotel.
Written 6 October 2022
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland29,768 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Admiralty Arch sits at the end of the Mall leading to Buckingham Palace. Essentially the gateway to the palace. It’s beautiful and curved.
Written 25 September 2022
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland31,247 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Through this striking building goes a road and also pedestrian access between The Mall and Trafalgar Square.

Admiralty Arch was completed in 1912 by King Edward VII in memory of his mother, Queen Victoria. In the past, it served as the residence of the First Sea Lord and was used by the Admiralty.

In 2012, the government sold the building on a 125-year lease for £60m for redevelopment into a Waldorf Astoria luxury hotel which is scheduled to open in 2022.
Written 8 July 2022
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Steve_Lincs1
Lincoln, UK1,777 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Walking up the Mall from the Palace, the arch looks impressive and grand with its flags out for the jubilee, more so than the palace hiding behind the concert stands and boarding’s. Well worth a snap or two
Written 1 June 2022
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