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Whitehall

Whitehall

Whitehall stretches from Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square. Originally it was the site of Whitehall Palace, which was the main residence of the monarchy from 1530 to 1698, until it was destroyed by fire.

The street is about 1 km long and houses numerous Government buildings. These include the Foreign Office, the Treasury, the Scottish Office, The Welsh Office, the Department of Works & Pensions and the Department of Health.

Banqueting House is the last surviving part of the Palace of Whitehall and is where Charles I was executed. Across the road is the Horse Guards Building. It is Guarded by two mounted troopers from the household cavalry.

Along the middle of the street there are lots of famous statues and memorials. The most famous is the Cenotaph. This is a memorial to those who died in war. Each year in November the Remembrance Day service is held here. In 2005, a bronze sculpture honouring all the women's efforts during the 2nd World War.

Leading on to Whitehall are two famous Streets. Great Scotland yard, the original headquarters of the Metropolitan Police, and Downing Street, the official residence of the Prime Minister.

Why go to Whitehall:

Never can so much history be found in one street. Starting at Parliament Square with the Abbey and Houses of Parliament and wandering all the way down to Trafalgar Square.

Take a photo with the mounted horse guards. If you are close to Horse Guards at 11.00am, you can see the impressive ceremony of the changing of the guard.

Visit the Banqueting Hall and see the beautiful ceiling painted by Rubens, as well as the first floor window, where Charles I stepped out on the scaffold to be executed.

Did you know?

Every year there is a re-enactment of Charles I execution on the last Sunday in January. It starts on the Mall at 11.00 am and progresses to the Banqueting Rooms on Whitehall.

How to get there:

Underground:

Westminster, Charing Cross and Embankment Stations are all within 5 minutes walk of Whitehall.

Rail:

Charing Cross Station is with a 5 minute walk from Whitehall.

Bus:

Routes 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 159 and 453 pass along or close to Whitehall.

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