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

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

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    The Trafalgar Hotel London
    London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £122  38% 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
     
     
     
    Club Quarters Trafalgar Square
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £62  25% off
    8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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    The Grand at Trafalgar Square
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £62  40% off
    8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
    A visually stunning building, The Grand at Trafalgar Square is a quintessential London hotel, located within the restored landmark Northumberland House - formerly the Victoria Hotel. ... 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
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    Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 7 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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    London > Attractions > Art Galleries
    12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 1 minute from Admiralty Arch
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    London > Attractions > Other Attractions
    Central London, Westminster, London WC2N | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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    Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 5 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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    London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 28th March 2009 to 13th February 2016
    New London Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 13 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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    Haymarket, SW1Y | 3 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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    London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
    1a Oxendon Street, Soho, London SW1Y | 5 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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    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
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    London > Restaurants > Thai restaurants
    21 - 24 Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London SW1Y | 1 minute from Admiralty Arch
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    66 Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from Admiralty Arch
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    10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 14 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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    London > Education > Universities and Colleges
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    London > Education > Cookery Courses
    15B Little Portland Street, W1W | 17 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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    London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
    6 Waterloo Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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    Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 4 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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    London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
    Victoria Embankment, Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 5 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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    104 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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    10 Northumberland Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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    The Trafalgar, Trafalgar Square, SW1A | 1 minute from Admiralty Arch
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    London > Nightlife > Bars
    12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 1 minute from Admiralty Arch
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    The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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    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
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    Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 4 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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