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Trafalgar Square

London’s great meeting place and the “front yard” of the National Gallery and St. Martin-in-the-Fields church. 

Built to commemorate the British Navy’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, London’s Trafalgar Square is now the first port of call for over 30 million tourists a year. This area has been a gathering point for celebrations and political rallies for more than a century. Within hours of each event, however, the normal rhythms of the city return, watched over by the stoic statues of Admiral Lord Nelson and the Four Lions. 

For that quintessential London moment, join the sea of upward-gazing tourists pointing their cameras at Nelson’s Column in the square’s center. Then, relax by the two gushing, tulip-shaped fountains and people-watch for a while. 

Across the pedestrian plaza at Trafalgar Square’s northern end, the National Gallery awaits with a treasure trove of timeless art. Close by is St. Martin-in-the-Fields, an Anglican church designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Fondly known as the “Church of the Ever Open Door,” this place of worship is also a premier concert venue. It regularly hosts choral, chamber and jazz concerts, so be sure to check out the online.

Owned by the royal family, Trafalgar Square is unapologetically patriotic with bronze-cast historical British figures dotting the square. The regal statues and monuments where once a popular roosting spot for pigeons, however a strict feeding ban was introduced in 2003. (Do leave your breadcrumbs at home!)

Over the decades Trafalgar Square has been the scene of social and political unrest, but these days it’s mostly a gathering place for peace and tranquility. If you’re in London during the festive season, don’t miss the square’s magical light display and the installation of London’s largest Christmas tree. 

Trifalger Square is in the city of Westminster. Charing Cross Underground station has an entrance right near the square.

You won't believe how many things there are to do at Trafalgar Square. Here are some ideas to get you going:

Peruse our London things to do page to discover more activities while you're in the area.


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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London ¥18,626
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps 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.

    The Strand Palace Hotel ¥17,119
    The Strand Palace Hotel

    The Strand Palace Hotel

    372 The Strand, London, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      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.

      St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel ¥11,320
      St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel

      St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel

      Bedford Avenue, London, England
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oxford Street and The British Museum. Russell Square and Queens Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Tottenham Court Road Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Goodge Street Underground Station is 6 minutes.

        Park Plaza London Waterloo ¥14,517
        Park Plaza London Waterloo

        Park Plaza London Waterloo

        6 Hercules Road, London, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Florence Nightingale Museum, Imperial War Museum, and The Vaults. Southbank Centre Book Market and Lambeth Palace are also within 10 minutes. Lambeth North Underground Station is 6 minutes by foot and Waterloo Underground Station is 11 minutes.

          St Martins Lane ¥25,825
          St Martins Lane

          St Martins Lane

          45 St Martin's Lane, London, England
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square. Piccadilly Circus and Big Ben are also within 1 mi (2 km). Leicester Square Underground Station and Charing Cross Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Mimi's Hotel Soho ¥11,196
            Mimi's Hotel Soho

            Mimi's Hotel Soho

            56-57 Frith Street, London, England
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oxford Street and Queens Theatre. Piccadilly and Leicester Square are also within 10 minutes. Tottenham Court Road Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Leicester Square Underground Station is 6 minutes.

              The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton ¥32,441
              The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton

              The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton

              2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London, England
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Trafalgar Square, Coca-Cola 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.

                Park Plaza County Hall London ¥17,256
                Park Plaza County Hall London

                Park Plaza County Hall London

                1 Addington Street, London, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. Jubilee Gardens and The Vaults are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station and Lambeth North Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.