"the expensive pavements of Pall Mall"
Pall Mall is a major street in the City of Westminster
, London, which begins at St James’s Street and crosses Waterloo Place into Haymarket. Pall Mall East continues to Trafalgar Square. The name derives from the game ‘pall mall’, a seventeenth-century croquet
-like game played with a mallet and ball. The southern side of the street, including St James’s Palace
, is owned by the Crown Estate and the road is famous for being home to various gentlemen’s clubs (see below) which were founded in the 19th
centuries. Pall Mall has also become synonymous with the War Office
which was once based here.