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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.
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 London Aquarium are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lambeth North Underground Station is 6 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Trafalgar Square, London Eye and Buckingham Palace. Big Ben and The British Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Charing Cross Underground Station and London Charing Cross Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Lyceum Theatre, The Strand and Aldwych Theatre. Covent Garden Market and Royal Opera House are also within 5 minutes. Temple Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Covent Garden Underground Station is 7 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of The British Museum, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Piccadilly Circus. Hyde Park and London Eye are also within 2 mi (3 km). Goodge Street Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Warren Street Underground Station is 7 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this boutique hotel is steps away from Charing Cross and The Strand. Trafalgar Square and National Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Charing Cross Underground Station and Embankment Station are within a 5-minute walk.
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 Buckingham Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km). Charing Cross Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Covent Garden Underground Station is 5 minutes.
This family-friendly London hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Oxford Circus. Buckingham Palace and Green Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Piccadilly Circus Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Leicester Square Underground Station is 7 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Charing Cross and The Strand. National Gallery and Trafalgar Square are also within 10 minutes. Charing Cross Underground Station and Embankment Station are within a 5-minute walk.