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Admiralty Arch is a gorgeous Edwardian monument at the entrance of the Mall, the road that leads up to Buckingham Palace. Admire the graceful architecture of its three large stately arches and look for a quirky addition to the left of the central arch.
The landmark is linked to the Old Admiralty Building, hence its name. For centuries, this was the headquarters of the Royal Navy. The arch was commissioned in 1910 as a memorial to Queen Victoria. Look for the Latin inscription on top of the arch, which reads “Anno decimo Edwardi Septimi Regis Victoriæ Reginæ cives gratissimi MDCCCCX” (“In the tenth year of King Edward VII, to Queen Victoria, from most grateful citizens, 1910”).
Designed by Sir Aston Webb, the arch was part of a larger plan to transform the Mall into a majestic royal boulevard. In 2013, the U.K. government approved plans to restore the arch, converting it into residences and a luxury hotel.
Take a look at the arch’s imposing architecture, which features a middle section designed to look like a triumphal gate. The central arch can accommodate traffic, but it’s only opened for ceremonial occasions. The larger arches on either side of the middle arch are used for vehicles and the smaller outer archers are open for pedestrians.
While passing through the archway from Trafalgar Square, try to spot an unusual feature on the right arch. About 7 feet (2.1 meters) up the wall, you’ll see a protrusion about the size and shape of a human nose. There used to be a few different legends about its origin, with some saying it’s a tribute to the Duke of Wellington’s supposedly large proboscis. In 2011, artist Rick Buckley claimed to have added the nose in 1997 as a response to the “nosey” CCTVs being installed around the city.
Admiralty Arch is on the southwest corner of Trafalgar Square and can be reached by numerous bus routes and by taking the Underground to Charing Cross. Among the famous sights within walking distance are St. James’s Park and Buckingham Palace.
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus, and London Dungeon. Big Ben and Buckingham Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km). Charing Cross Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Covent Garden Underground Station is 5 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London Aquarium are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lambeth North Underground Station is 6 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Imperial War Museum, Westminster Bridge, and Sea Life London Aquarium. Coca-Cola London Eye and Big Ben are also within 15 minutes. Lambeth North Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Waterloo Underground Station is 8 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tate Modern and Coca-Cola London Eye. The Shard and Big Ben are also within 1 mi (2 km). Southwark Underground Station is 8 minutes by foot and Blackfriars Underground Station is 8 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this boutique hotel is steps from Nelson's Column and The Strand. St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Trafalgar Square are also within 5 minutes. Charing Cross Underground Station and Embankment Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tower Bridge, Tower of London, and HMS Belfast. Tower Gateway Station is 6 minutes by foot and Tower Hill Station is 7 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oxford Street and Queens Theatre. Piccadilly and Leicester Square are also within 10 minutes. Tottenham Court Road Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Leicester Square Underground Station is 6 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tate Britain and Houses of Parliament. Westminster Abbey and Big Ben are also within 15 minutes. Pimlico Underground Station is 10 minutes by foot and Westminster Underground Station is 13 minutes.