Admiralty Arch

 
 
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The Mall, Westminster, London SW1A 2BN 
 

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Admiralty Arch, a grade I listed building just off Trafalgar Square, was commissioned by Edward VII in memory of his mother, Queen Victoria. The inscription reads "Anno decimo Edwardi Septimi Regis Victorię Reginę cives gratissimi MDCCCCX" which translates as "In the tenth year of King Edward VII to Queen Victoria from most grateful citizens 1910". Designed in 1910 by Sir Aston Webb, it was completed around 1911, after King Edward VII had passed away and remains one of London's best-known buildings. The grand, triumphal Portland stone arch leads to a grand boulevard, The Mall, and provides a visual barrier between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. The building which takes its name from the nearby Royal Navy Headquarters adjoins the Old Admiralty Building and its original use was as the offices and residences for the Sea Lords, leaders of the Royal Navy. It was also used as a hostel for the homeless and as home to several British government offices before being sold to a developer with plans to turn it into a hotel. If you look closely at the arch to the left (when facing Trafalgar Square) you'll see a nose. The reason for this protrusion is debatable - some say it's Nelson's or Wellington's spare nose, while others believe it is in homage to Edward VII, who had a rather large nose. Another legend says it's Napoleon's nose which, in the early 20th century, would be rubbed by those riding through the arch on their horse as a snub to the general, who was small in stature - it's about 7 feet (2 meters) off the ground.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Charing Cross Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Victoria Railway Station
 
20 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Q-Park Trafalgar
 
0 minutes walk
 
Leicester Square Masterpark
 
4 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Hotels near Admiralty Arch

Near Admiralty Arch
Sofitel London St James Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £161  40% off
6 Waterloo Place, SW1Y | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
Located in a Grade II listed building, in the former home of Cox's and King's bank, the Sofitel St James is an exceptional five star hotel ... More
 
 
 
Haymarket Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £220  31% off
1 Suffolk Place, SW1Y | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
A hip designer hotel by Tim and Kit Kemp in a grand building on the prestigious Haymarket, the broad boulevard street making for an impressive entrance. ... More
 
 
 
The Trafalgar Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £123  29% off
2 Spring Gardens, SW1A | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
Almost in the shadow of Nelson's Column, and with the Palaces of Whitehall looming behind it, this hotel is at the heart of the Capital. ... More
 
 
 
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St Martin-in-the-Fields
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Admiralty Arch
This historic church of St Martin-in-the-Fields overlooking Trafalgar Square was built in 1726 and is the best known work of Scottish architect James Gibbs whose ... More
 
 
 
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St Paul's Covent Garden
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 7 minutes from Admiralty Arch
Affectionately known as "The Actors' Church", St Paul's in Covent Garden is in the heart of theatreland and has long been associated with the theatre community. ... More
 
 
 
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Clarence House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
St James's Palace, St James's, London SW1 | 7 minutes from Admiralty Arch
The home of the Queen Mother from 1953 to 2002, a tour of Clarence House is an excellent way of experiencing the living history of the ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near Admiralty Arch

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Admiralty Arch
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Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 1 minute from Admiralty Arch
The Institute of Contemporary Arts boasts three galleries (with exhibitions changing approximately every six weeks), two cinemas, a theatre, restaurant, bookshop, late bar and cafe. The ... More
 
 
 
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The Fourth Plinth
London > Attractions > Sights
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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Trafalgar Square
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Central London, Westminster, London WC2N | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
Lord Nelson, Britain's greatest military hero, and the mighty lions that surround him, pay testament to the position of Trafalgar Square at the heart of the ... More
 
 
 
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Events near Admiralty Arch

Near Admiralty Arch
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th December 2014 to 9th May 2015
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 5 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 29th September 2014 to 24th January 2015
Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, Westminster, London W1D | 7 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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War Horse
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 28th March 2009 to 14th February 2015
New London Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 13 minutes from Admiralty Arch
This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New London Theatre after two critically acclaimed ...More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near Admiralty Arch

Near Admiralty Arch
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Comedy Store
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
1a Oxendon Street, Soho, London SW1Y | 5 minutes from Admiralty Arch
The Comedy Store is the spiritual home of stand-up in the UK. Despite being the best large comedy venue in the country, the Store still succeeds ... More
 
 
 
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Odeon Leicester Square
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Admiralty Arch
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the biggest of the week's ... More
 
 
 
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Prince of Wales Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Coventry Street, Soho, London W1D | 5 minutes from Admiralty Arch
Theatres have stood on this spot since 1884, perfectly placed to draw the attention of the great crowds moving between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. The ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near Admiralty Arch

The best shops and markets near Admiralty Arch
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Godiva
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
28 Haymarket, Soho, London SW1Y | 5 minutes from Admiralty Arch
Belgium's finest export, the first Godiva was opened in Brussels approximately 75 years ago by master chocolatier Joseph Draps and named after the legendary Lady Godiva. ... More
 
 
 
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Davenports Magic Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
7 Charing Cross Underground Shopping Arcade, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 5 minutes from Admiralty Arch
From budding Harry Potters and bumbling Tommy Coopers to dynamic David Copperfields, Davenports is a haven for magicians of every level and ability. Non-magicians too are ... More
 
 
 
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Lillywhite's
London > Shopping > Sporting Goods
24 Lower Regent Street, St James's, London SW1Y | 5 minutes from Admiralty Arch
Lillywhite’s probably owes its landmark sport shop status to its position in Piccadilly Circus more than anything, but this would be ignoring its remarkable heritage. Its founders, ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near Admiralty Arch

What are the best dining options near Admiralty Arch London?
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Thai Square - Trafalgar Square
London > Restaurants > Thai restaurants
21 - 24 Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, , Westminster, London SW1Y | 1 minute from Admiralty Arch
Thai food is everywhere these days. The spicy, clean flavours are all over pub menus, either as green or red curries or influences on more European ... More
 
 
 
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Albannach
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
66 Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from Admiralty Arch
Scotland combines some of the finest ingredients in the world with some of the most atrocious cooking, but this Scottish-themed bar-restaurant is trying to change all ... More
 
 
 
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Pret A Manger
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
62-65 Trafalgar Square, WC2N | 1 minute from Admiralty Arch
Pret a Manger sells up market fast food, hand made from natural ingredients, to take away or eat on site, in its trademark no nonsense chrome ... More
 
 
 
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Education near Admiralty Arch

Near Admiralty Arch
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 14 minutes from Admiralty Arch
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
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Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
15B Little Portland Street, W1W | 17 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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L'Atelier des Chefs
London > Education > Adult Education
19 Wigmore Street, W1U | 19 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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So SPA Sofitel St James
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
6 Waterloo Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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ESPA Life at Corinthia
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 4 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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Victoria Embankment Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Victoria Embankment, Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 5 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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Pubs near Admiralty Arch

The best pubs near London Admiralty Arch.
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The Clarence
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
53 Whitehall, SW1A | 3 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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The Reform Club
London > Nightlife > Pubs
104 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Admiralty Arch
Located in the heart of London's traditional Clubland in Pall Mall, The Reform Club was founded in 1836 and was membership was initially restricted to those who ... More
 
 
 
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The Sherlock Holmes
London > Nightlife > Pubs
10 Northumberland Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Admiralty Arch
Thirsty Sherlock Holmes fans look no further than this homage to the great detective himself and to original Victorian pubs. While you indulge in a soothing ... More
 
 
 
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Nightlife near Admiralty Arch

Admiralty Arch clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Vista
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Trafalgar, Trafalgar Square, SW1A | 1 minute from Admiralty Arch
This bar is all about location, location, location. Just a few steps from Nelson's Column, Vista is a rooftop bar upon the boutique Trafalgar Hotel. The ... More
 
 
 
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Institute of Contemporary Art Bar & Cafe
London > Nightlife > Bars
12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 1 minute from Admiralty Arch
The Institute of Contemporary Art on The Mall (just down the road from the Queen's pad) is a great place for a trendy drink after taking ... More
 
 
 
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Rockwell
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
Hotel bar on Trafalgar Square with public roof terrace. This bar is all about location, location, location. Just a few steps from Nelson's Column, the Trafalgar Hotel ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near Admiralty Arch

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Admiralty Arch.
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Institute of Directors - IOD
London > Business > Venue Hire
116 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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Haymarket Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Suffolk Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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Banqueting House
London > Business > Venue Hire
Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 4 minutes from Admiralty Arch
The only surviving section of Whitehall Palace. In its heyday the largest royal palace in Europe, this historic venue is the only surviving section of Whitehall Palace ... More
 
 
 
 
 

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The White Horse
The White Horse
Exhibitions | Until 5th March 2015 

British Council

Walk down The Mall to Spring Gardens and you'll see a life-size White Horse, a marble and resin sculpture ...More

 
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
Exhibitions | Until 20th September 2014 

Mall Galleries SW1Y 5BD SW1A 2BN - 0 minute walk from Admiralty Arch

The competition celebrates all works produced in water-based mediums, whether abstract or figurative, contemporary or traditional....More

New Lights
Exhibitions | Until 20th September 2014 

Mall Galleries SW1Y 5BD SW1A 2BN - 0 minute walk from Admiralty Arch

This exhibition features some of the North's most respected contemporary artists, alongside a number of artists at the start of ...More

Derwent Art Prize 2014
Exhibitions | Until 20th September 2014 

Mall Galleries SW1Y 5BD SW1A 2BN - 0 minute walk from Admiralty Arch

Contemporary drawings by the shortlisted artists....More

The Neac Autumn Life Drawing
Exhibitions | Until 9th December 2014 

Mall Galleries SW1Y 5BD SW1A 2BN - 0 minute walk from Admiralty Arch

An evening drawing class....More

New Lights: Art In The North
Exhibitions | Until 21st September 2014 

Mall Galleries SW1Y 5BD SW1A 2BN - 0 minute walk from Admiralty Arch

New Lights, a forward thinking charity that exists to support talented contemporary artists in the North of England is to ...More

Tanqueray No. TEN Citrus Garden
Tanqueray No. TEN Citrus Garden
Foodie Events | Until 4th October 2014 

Vista SW1A 2TS SW1A 2BN - 0 minute walk from Admiralty Arch

This summer, Tanqueray No. TEN are transforming the back bar at Vista into an inviting Citrus Garden to celebrate their ...More

 
Whose Gaze Is It Anyway'
Exhibitions | Until 5th October 2014 

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 1 minute walk from Admiralty Arch

An exhibition that looks at the history of Arab pop culture through printed matter, including Abboudi Bou Jaoudeh's extensive collection ...More

Tony Visconti And Woody Woodmansey: The Making Of David Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World
Exhibitions | On 16th September 2014 

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 1 minute walk from Admiralty Arch

The musicians discuss their work with David Bowie....More

Royal Opera House BP Big Screens 2014
Royal Opera House BP Big Screens 2014
Concerts | Until 17th September 2014 

Trafalgar Square 2 minutes walk from Admiralty Arch

Three of the Royal Opera House's most emotionally powerful productions are broadcast live on a giant screen in Trafalgar Square ...More

 
 
 
 
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