Panorama of Admiralty Arch. The panorama was taken early in the morning. Admiralty Arch is a famous landmark in London, linking Trafalgar Square with The Mall which heads to Buckingham Palace. In the picture you can see Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square. Through the arches of Admiralty Arch you can see parts of The Mall. On the northern edge of Trafalgar Square are St. Martin in he Fields church and the National Portrait Gallery.
Admiralty Arch - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Admiralty Arch' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.
Admiralty Arch in London forms a gateway from Trafalgar Square to The Mall, the processional road running along St. James Park and linking Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade. There is always a lot of traffic passing through Admiralty Arch, except on Sundays when traffic is not permitted down The Mall between Horseguards and Buckingham Palace. There is no connection between Admiralty Arch and the Navy, but the Arch stands next to the Royal Navy HQ located in the Old Admiralty Building. The name continues the naval theme of Trafalgar Square and is overlooked by Nelson's Column.
Admiralty Arch was commissioned by King Edward VII in 1910 in memory of his mother Queen Victoria, and designed by Sir Aston Webb (also worked on Buckingham Palace and the Victoria and Albert Museum) The Mall was also widened at the same time. Edward did not live to see the project completed.
Admiralty Arch has 5 arches and is faced with Portland Stone. Just above the arches is an inscription which reads: ANNO DECIMO EDWARDI SEPTIMI REGIS VICTORIÆ REGINÆ CIVES GRATISSIMI MDCCCCX (translates to : "In the tenth year of the reign of King Edward VII, to Queen Victoria from a grateful nation, 1910"). The 2 smaller outer arches are for pedestrians only, and the central large arch is only ever used for processional purposes. Admiralty Arch contains the largest processional arch between Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral.
Both Admiralty Arch and Nelsons Column in Trafalgar Square have been targeted by Greenpeace during environmental protests. In July 2006 Greenpeace scaled Admiralty Arch and unfurled banners accusing the British Government of using unsustainable rain forest timber during renovation of the Cabinet Offices within. This closed the Mall to traffic for a couple of hours and then ended peacefully, but not before the press had taken up the story.