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The site of The Mall, which today links Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, was once home to a fashionable promenade, bordered by trees. Here Londoners would play pall-mall, a form of ground billiards, similar to croquet, imported from France. The area was redeveloped in the early 20th century, with The Mall’s coloured surface intended to give the effect of a giant red carpet.
The name Pall Mall is now used for a smaller road to the north of The Mall. This was originally named Catherine Street, after Catherine of Braganza, wife of Charles II, but Londoners soon favoured its current moniker.
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