|Walk Green Park and The Mall|
This is a beautiful walk taking in one part of Green Park, Buckingham Palace, St James Park, Admiralty Arch and The Mall.
Start at Green Park tube station, and follow the signs to Buckingham Palace.
Picadilly is a long road, running from Picadilly Circus to Hyde Park Corner.
Green Park Tube is roughly in the middle of Picadilly.
Green Park is large, and is alongside much of Picadilly.
Green Park is a lovely park to walk around in it's own right, but today we wanted to do Buckingham Palace, St James Park, Admiralty Arch and The Mall - so instead of wandering, we head straight across it.
Looking back the way we came, back towards Picadilly.
This is on the corner of Green Park and Buckingham Palace.
There's a memorial fountain here where kids love to play for a while.
The Golden Gates outside Buckingham Palace. We're still searching for information as to their purpose and history !
The statue of Queen Victoria outside the front gates of Buckingham Palace.
And Buckingham Palace itself.
If you arrive between 11am and midday, you are likely to see something ceremonial; at least the last part of The Changing Of The Guard, or maybe some other special occasion.
If you cross the road at this point, you will find youself looking at some beautiful views of St James Park from a high vantage point.
St James Park is beautiful; home to many geese and ducks as well as beautiful trees and flowers.
You can see The London Eye in the distance.
Walk through the park. It's triangular in shape, with Buckingham Palace at the pointy end. One edge runs along The Mall (the road with the reddish tarmac); walk through the centre.
Approaching the end of the park. Horse Guards Parade is ahead of us.
The corner of St James Park brings you out at the back courtyard of Horse Guards Parade.
You can walk across the parade ground, through that building, and it brings you out into Whitehall, where two mounted guardsmen are always on guard.
Away to your right is the back of Downing Street.
We're going to head to the left, back to the Mall, but lets just take a quick look at this war memorial, dedicated to the Guards.
Back at The Mall, if we are careful to stand in the middle of the road, we can see the length of the Mall.
Looking back the way we came, Buckingham Palace is in the distance.
Turning round, ...
We can see Admiralty Arch.
If we were to walk through the Arch, we would find Trafalgar Square.
But we have decided to walk the other side of The Mall today, back towards Buckingham Palace.
The first thing we find is The Mall Galleries.
Go in ! It's genuinely worth a look around.
Inside The Mall Galleries.
Sauntering gently on, enjoying the beautiful surroundings, ...
We find next door is the ICA. (Institue of Contemporary Arts)
Clarence House is the official residence of The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Prince Harry.
Hence the Guards on duty. This is probably one of the better locations in London to have your photo taken next to one of the uniformed guards.
And a short walk further on brings us back to Buckingham Palace.
Where to go now is always tricky, since there are no public facilities (restaurants, shops, toilets) in this area.
We normally head back to Picadilly and start shopping.
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