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Trafalgar Square

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One of London’s most vibrant open spaces that reflects the rich social history of the capital.

Ever since it’s construction in the early decades of the 19th century, Trafalgar Square has drawn the crowds. It is frequently the site of major celebrations and events, and now it attracts approximately 30 million tourists each year. At weekends, you may well witness its role as a venue for rallies and protests for or against a multitude of political or religious issues.

At the centre of the square, Nelson’s Column towers skywards, standing at 52 metres high. This monument to the victory of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 is guarded by four magnificent bronze lions around its base. Two tulip-shaped fountains either side offer the perfect spot to relax and watch the world go by. These regal monuments were once home to thousands of pigeons, but a strict feeding ban is now in place.

Trafalgar Square is also home to what is known as the Fourth Plinth. The other plinths carry statues of George IV and important historical military figures, but curiously, this Fourth Plinth has stood empty. Since 1998, this unique space has been filled by a series of innovative and surprising artworks. One commission called One & Other by the artist Antony Gormley saw the plinth opened up to the entire population: the space was occupied by members of the public for 24 hours a day over 100 days. Yet another example of the deep affection felt by Londoners for this iconic landmark.

Another gem for art lovers is the National Gallery, not forgetting the National Portrait Gallery just next door. Just across the pedestrian plaza, you’ll find a fascinating collection of British art from the 13th Century onwards. Entry is free so you can spend as much or as little time as you like.

Don’t miss out on visiting the beautiful church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, known as the “Church of the Ever Open Door” for its charitable work with the homeless. Experience one of the regular lunchtime and evening concerts, or treat yourself to a delicious meal at the celebrated Café in the Crypt.

The closest Underground station is Charing Cross.

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19210 Cheap Hotels Near Trafalgar Square

The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
The price is NZ$243 per night from 12 Aug. to 12 Aug.
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus and London Dungeon. Big Ben and ...
4/5Very Good! (3,148 reviews)
"Cleanliness and Location, did not eat-in or use facilities"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2021

The Strand Palace Hotel
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is NZ$256 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life ...
4.2/5Excellent! (3,530 reviews)
"Really enjoyed our stay. Everything felt very clean and fresh. Had an amazing view of Houses of Parliament and London Eye. Bed was huge and comfortable. Staff were super friendly. Would def recommend. Great location for south bank and exploring London."

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2021

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
NYX Hotel London Holborn by Leonardo Hotels
NYX Hotel London Holborn by Leonardo Hotels
4 out of 5
50-60 Southampton Row, London, England
The price is NZ$269 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The British Museum and Oxford Street. St. Paul's Cathedral and London Eye are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (29 reviews)
"Interesting hotel with funky interior. Goodsize room, comfy bed, ideal location."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

NYX Hotel London Holborn by Leonardo Hotels
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Club Quarters Lincoln's Inn Fields
Club Quarters Lincoln's Inn Fields
4 out of 5
61 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, England
The price is NZ$220 per night from 15 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Club Quarters Lincoln's Inn Fields
The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
The price is NZ$243 per night from 12 Aug. to 12 Aug.
The Strand Palace Hotel
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is NZ$256 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
NYX Hotel London Holborn by Leonardo Hotels
NYX Hotel London Holborn by Leonardo Hotels
4 out of 5
50-60 Southampton Row, London, England
The price is NZ$269 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
NYX Hotel London Holborn by Leonardo Hotels
The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton
5 out of 5
2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London, England
The price is NZ$420 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton
Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square
Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square
4 out of 5
8 Northumberland Ave, (adjacent to Trafalgar Square), London, England
The price is NZ$249 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square
Corinthia London
Corinthia London
5 out of 5
Whitehall Place, London, England
The price is NZ$1,035 per night from 29 Aug. to 29 Aug.
Corinthia London
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
4 out of 5
100 Cromwell Road, London, England
The price is NZ$252 per night from 27 Aug. to 27 Aug.
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
The Resident Covent Garden
The Resident Covent Garden
4 out of 5
51 Bedford St, London, England
The price is NZ$234 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
The Resident Covent Garden
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.