The Mall is the world-famous road connecting Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. It leads along several landmarks, including St James’s Park. Its surface is coloured red to give the effect of a giant red carpet stretching up to the royal residence. There is something special about walking the length of The Mall.
The Mall was created as a ceremonial route in the early 20th century, matching the creation of similar ceremonial routes in other cities such as Berlin, Mexico City, Oslo or Paris. During state visits, the monarch and the visiting head of state are escorted in a state carriage up The Mall and the street is decorated with Union Flags and the flags of the visiting head of state’s country. Also, the London Marathon finishes on The Mall.