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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. Put Trafalgar Square at the forefront of your travel plans using our London holiday planning site .
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  • 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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  • 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 »
  • 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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