Admiralty Arch  

 
 
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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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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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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £124  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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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £88  22% off
8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
A fantastic nineteenth century exterior hides a thoroughly modern hotel, with clean, minimalist design in the rooms. The biggest draw is the location, in the very ... More
 
 
 
The Grand at Trafalgar Square
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8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, SW1Y | 5 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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28 Haymarket, Soho, London SW1Y | 5 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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Davenports Magic Shop
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7 Charing Cross Underground Shopping Arcade, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 5 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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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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The Reform Club
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104 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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The Sherlock Holmes
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10 Northumberland Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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The Trafalgar, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London SW1A | 1 minute from Admiralty Arch
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Concerts | Until 30th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Admiralty Arch

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Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Admiralty Arch

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from Admiralty Arch

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Hobson's Choice
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Theatre | Until 10th September 2016 

Vaudeville Theatre 3 minutes walk from Admiralty Arch

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Cambridge Theatre 3 minutes walk from Admiralty Arch

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The Lion King
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Theatre | Until 4th June 2017 

The Lyceum Theatre 3 minutes walk from Admiralty Arch

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The Donmar Warehouse 3 minutes walk from Admiralty Arch

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The Play That Goes Wrong
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Duchess Theatre 3 minutes walk from Admiralty Arch

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