Just a stone’s throw from Charing Cross station, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, as well within walking distance of Covent Garden and its rich mixture of theatres, shops and restaurants, the Ship & Shovell provides the ideal watering hole for your day out in and around the West End.
Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. Although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visitors every summer.
The Mall is London’s primary ceremonial road which leads from Trafalgar Square though Admiralty Arch, past Clarence House, to Buckingham palace. The 1km road, which is laid out like a giant red carpet, is used for royal processions and national celebrations, such as the famous Horse Guards Parade.
In 2011, over one million people packed the Mall to see the newly wed Prince William and Kate Middleton appear on the palace balcony with other members of the Royal Family.
Trafalgar Square is a truly iconic landmark in London, surrounded by museums, galleries, cultural spaces and historic buildings, including the National Gallery. The square houses both Nelson’s Column as well as its famous fountains.
The Square is also the centre of national democracy and protest. Rallies and demonstrations are frequently held at weekends on different political, religious and general issues. The Mayor of London supports this democratic tradition and gives access to the square for such causes.