Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Pall Mall, looking East.

Pall Mall - photograph


Pall Mall is the heart of Club land, and is unique in character and associations. On the south side, at the corner of Waterloo Place, is the Athenaeum Club; and beyond this are the Travellers', the Reform, and the Carlton Clubs, the War Office, Marlborough House, and St. James's Palace while, on the opposite side, are more clubs- notably the Junior Carlton and the Army and Navy. The name is a corruption of "pail mail," a game not unlike croquet, introduced into this country by Charles I. For hundreds of years the district has been a fashionable promenade; and its sweet shady side has been sung by the poet. Our view shows it on Levée day, when a crowd always assembles opposite St. James's Palace, and a special force of constables is required to regulate the traffic.