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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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
 
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Leicester Square Masterpark
 
4 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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The Trafalgar Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £143  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 £97  39% 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
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £97  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
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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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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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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The Fourth Plinth
London > Attractions > Sights
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square remained empty after its completion in 1841 - it was designed for an equestrian statue of one of Britain's Colonial ... More
 
 
 
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Edward Albee's The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?
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Admiralty Arch, Haymarket, SW1Y | 3 minutes from Admiralty Arch
Damian Lewis returns to the West End this March to star in Edward Albee's The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? The Tony Award-winning play follows Martin, ...More
 
 
 
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Young Frankenstein
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 28th September 2017 to 10th February 2018
Admiralty Arch, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 4 minutes from Admiralty Arch
Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph and Hadley Fraser lead the cast of Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks' uproarious musical based on his Oscar-nominated 1974 film about a New ...More
 
 
 
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The Miser
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Admiralty Arch, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 4 minutes from Admiralty Arch
Griff Rhys Jones takes the title role and comedian Lee Mack stars in a major revival of Moliere's classic comedy The Miser with Sean Foley directing ...More
 
 
 
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Haymarket Theatre Royal
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Haymarket, SW1Y | 3 minutes from Admiralty Arch
The Haymarket Theatre was built by John Potter on the site of the King's Head Inn and the Gun Smith shop in 1702. It has had ... More
 
 
 
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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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Dover Street Market
London > Shopping > Department Stores
18-22 Haymarket, Mayfair, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from Admiralty Arch
A department store but not as we know it, Dover Street Market is Harvey Nics for the hip. A haven for high end fashion brands like ... More
 
 
 
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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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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, Westminster, London 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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The London Film School
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24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 9 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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Courtauld Institute of Art
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Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 12 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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English [Out There!]
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10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 14 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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So SPA Sofitel St James
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6 Waterloo Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
Opened in July 2009, So SPA by Sofitel is a stunning relaxation space - all marble and modern design - housed within the Sofitel St James ... More
 
 
 
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ESPA Life at Corinthia
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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
Created in 1874, the Victoria Embankment Gardens run parallel to the River Thames, creating a green walkway between Waterloo Bridge and Embankment, and are dotted with ... More
 
 
 
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The Clarence
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
53 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Admiralty Arch
Just a hundred yards from Trafalgar Square, the MOD and the Horse Guard's Parade, The Clarence has an undeniably impressive location that attracts both locals and ... More
 
 
 
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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
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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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Vista Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Trafalgar, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London 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
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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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Walkers Of Whitehall
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15 Craig's Court, St James's, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
Built in 1694 on Craig's Court, just south of Trafalgar Square, Walkers of Whitehall was originally ... More
 
 
 
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Institute of Directors - IOD
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116 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 2 minutes from Admiralty Arch
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Haymarket Hotel
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1 Suffolk Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 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
 
 
 
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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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Trafalgar Studios 2 minutes walk from Admiralty Arch

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Trafalgar Square 2 minutes walk from Admiralty Arch

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Her Majesty's Theatre 2 minutes walk from Admiralty Arch

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Edward Albee's The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?
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Haymarket Theatre Royal 3 minutes walk from Admiralty Arch

Damian Lewis returns to the West End this March to star in Edward Albee's The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? ...More

 
Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic
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National Gallery 3 minutes walk from Admiralty Arch

Chris Ofili, the artist who famously won the Turner Prize in 1998 using elephant dung on his paintings, unveils ...More

 
Michelangelo & Sebastiano
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National Gallery 3 minutes walk from Admiralty Arch

This major exhibition at the National Gallery focuses on the artistic relationship between the two Renaissance masters, Sebastiano del Piombo ...More

 
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Exhibitions | Until 16th April 2018 

National Portrait Gallery 3 minutes walk from Admiralty Arch

Tracey Emin's 'Death Mask' has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery and can be seen as part of a ...More

 
Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends
Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends
Exhibitions | Until 18th June 2017 

National Portrait Gallery 3 minutes walk from Admiralty Arch

The National Portrait Gallery presents Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends, the first exhibition of portraits by the leading British artist. Hodgkin's ...More

 
Gillian Wearing And Claude Cahun: Behind The Mask, Another Mask
Gillian Wearing And Claude Cahun: Behind The Mask, Another Mask
Exhibitions | Until 29th May 2017 

National Portrait Gallery 3 minutes walk from Admiralty Arch

The National Portrait Gallery brings together the work of French surrealist Claude Cahun and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing for ...More

 

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