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Trafalgar Square, London

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One of London’s most recognizable landmarks, Trafalgar Square is a 44 m (145 ft) high monument bearing the statue of Lord Horatio Nelson, whose distinguished service during the Napoleonic Wars secured him a reputation as one of Britain’s most heroic historical figures. The square, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross, marks the center of the city. A number of commemorative statues and sculptures are located on the square, with one plinth (statue platform) left empty in order to host regular art exhibits. The square is used for political events and community gatherings, and most notably is the center of the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Try to make a photo stop here while you're in town. Check online for special events. By using our London itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Trafalgar Square and other attractions in London.
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  • August 21, 2017
    There's no way to visit London without passing or square. Is full of pigeons (caution: do not feed them!). Is full of restaurants around, easy access to bus and subway. Close to many sights of the city.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Visiting Trafalgar Square was a must. Actually if you see, there isn't anything to do but it is a treat to watch. There are multiple sculptures at this place, which are very interesting and have intri...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    We went to the Trafalgar Square every time we went to London since 1987. Unlike the past years, there are no more pigeons feeding allowed and the place is therefore nice and clean. An excellent place ...  more »
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  • Great place to stop for a minute in a bustling city. Two fountains either side of Nelsons column are great for photo opportunities or just a nice view to relax for a bit. It's just outside the national gallery, and no matter the time of day you are likely to come across a street performer of some kind! From singers to dancers, poets, magicians and people doing chalk drawings. The large steps offer a good place to sit to grab a sandwich with a view out over the fountains. There are public toilets available here and they have recently put in turnstiles, so it will cost you 20p but for London prices this is not high.
  • Iconic. You must see whether you're touring, looking for somewhere to be inspired or chill out. There's something always happening here, day or night. I brought my mum here, it was the second time coming here but this time after having my brother and I. I first saw the square in photos from her visit in 1985. So this last visit with her is sentimental and brings nostalgia, I hope to bring my child here too and have three generations in one photo
  • Great place to just sit and people watch. Lots of food options around the square so you can sit and eat on the stairs. Always some live show or music going on. Busy all the time. Best is during the sunny days.
  • There is so much history at this spot, it makes the head spin! Enjoyed the nearby free National Gallery museum. As Canadians, it was also great to see all the Canadian flags on one of the buildings where the Canadian High Commission is found. This square is an amazing place to people watch.
  • A great place to visit when in London. It is a combination of historical architecture, lively atmosphere, beautiful statures, exiting fountains and romantic places to share these precious moments of close relationships which make life worth. The National Gallery provides a great opportunity to embark on art journey of historical beautify express through the vast variety of masterpieces. There are also shops nearby to get the necessary memorabilia. The underground station is also very close. There are other important places to visit only about 20 minutes walk such as the Westminster and the Buckingham Palace.

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