Carlton House Terrace

I have always found it odd that by far the grandest buildings on the Mall are not the two royal palaces, but the two grand façades of Carlton House Terrace, flanking the Duke of York Steps.   Was it the memory of Carlton House itself which made John Nash think and compose on such an epic scale ?  Or was it that it marked the end point of his urban composition which stretched from his great Terraces round Regent’s Park down Regent Street to Waterloo Place, the Athenaeum, and then Carlton House Terrace anchoring the composition alongside St. James’s Park ?  Either way, it is more St. Petersburg than London:-

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