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Admiralty Arch, London: 32 reviews and 57 photos

  Admiralty Arch
by toonsarah

Every visitor to Trafalgar Square will spot this grand arch leading from its south west corner, but relatively few know its history. Admiralty Arch was built in 1910, commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother, Queen Victoria. The Latin inscription along the top of the arch reads:


which means
“In the tenth year of King Edward VII, to Queen Victoria, from most grateful citizens, 1910”

The arch leads from Trafalgar Square to the Mall, and as you pas through it you are faced with an excellent view of that road and at its end Buckingham Palace, with (if you look carefully) a statue of that same queen in front of it. But unlike some famous arches elsewhere in the world, this one also includes offices above the archways, which currently house the Cabinet Office and other government departments. None of these rooms is open to the public, which is a shame as I imagine the views, especially along the Mall, must be excellent.

One famous feature of Admiralty Arch is the so-called “nose”, a small protrusion the size and shape of a human nose which can be found on the inside wall of the northernmost arch. The nose is at a height of about seven feet (that is waist height for anyone riding through the arch on a horse). There is a tradition that the nose is there in honour of the Duke of Wellington, who was known for having a particularly large nose, and that soldiers would rub the nose for good luck as they rode through.

Address: The Mall, St. James's, London SW1A 2WH
Directions: The nearest tube station is Charing Cross, on the Northern and Bakerloo lines. Lots of bus routes pass through or near to Trafalgar Square.
Phone: +44 20 7276 5000

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2012
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