Saturday, 19 November 2011

The Saturday Street – Pall Mall

The Saturday Street is our weekly series in which we unlock the stories behind the names of London's famous thoroughfares. It's compiled by London Walks guide Karen – listed by Travel + Leisure magazine as The World's Greatest Tour Guide. You can find Karen on Saturdays guiding her Old Westminster and British Museum walks. If you've got a London street query or suggestion, email Karen at the usual address

Pall Mall SW1
The City of Westminster

Said to arise from the game Pelle Melle, originating in Italy as the croquet-like pastime of Pallo a Maglio (literally ball to mallet). King James I & VI was a particular devotee of the game. It is from this route that we acquire the word “mall” as a walkway or promenade, later to morph into the North American phenomena of the shopping mall.


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