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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.


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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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.

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    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.

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      Hotel Café Royal - The Leading Hotels of the World

      Hotel Café Royal - The Leading Hotels of the World

      68 Regent Street, London, England
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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.

        Great Scotland Yard Hotel - the Unbound Collection by Hyatt ¥50,041
        Great Scotland Yard Hotel - the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

        Great Scotland Yard Hotel - the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

        3-5, Great Scotland Yard, London, England
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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

          The Strand Palace Hotel
          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.

            The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton
            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, 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.

              ME London
              ME London

              ME London

              336-337 The Strand, London, England
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

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                Corinthia Hotel London

                Corinthia Hotel London

                Whitehall Place, London, England
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Horse Guard's Building, Trafalgar Square, and National Gallery. London Eye and Piccadilly Circus are also within 15 minutes. Embankment Station and Charing Cross Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.