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Trafalgar Square

Attractions, Event spaces Trafalgar Square
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Trafalgar Square – with its gargantuan, 52-metre-high Nelson’s Column – is one of London’s most iconic public spaces and perhaps the most ostentatious reminder of the nation’s former imperial might, commemorating Britain’s triumph in the Napoleonic Wars. It was once notorious for its large pigeon population, but like Louis XIV, they’ve now been seen off.

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Tastemaker

Chilled isn’t the right word for Trafalgar Square. Don’t expect to sit down there for hours, just taking in the vibe. Firstly because there aren’t a lot of benches around. Secondly because this is all a bit overwhelming. Between the hungry pigeons, street performers and countless selfie sticks, you won't know where to look.


But it is definitely worth the visit nonetheless. The fountains are gorgeous, the lions Insta-worthy. Plus you have the National Gallery that makes the perfect classical background to it all.


From the steps, you can also see Big Ben in the distance and get that perfect picture of Nelson’s column meet Houses of Parliament. You’re welcome!


tastemaker

So many things happening in Trafalgar square all the time!

Festivals from all over the globe, screenings or special tributes, this place is always full of people and emotions!

It is worth noticing the artworks on the "fourth plinth" on top of the stairs, just before the National Gallery (like the "Gift Horse" by Hans Haacke in 2015 or David Shrigley's 'Really Good' thumb in 2016).

I always recommend Trafalgar square and the National Gallery as a must see when visiting London.

tastemaker

I will never tire of Trafalgar Square. It is the centre of London - all roads out of here take you to a a completely different area: the west end, the city, parliament, theatre land. It's a prime location for tourists and Londoners alike and even when the crowds descend the vast sky above stops it feeling claustrophobic. Unlike its next door neighbour Leicester Square...

And then there are the Lions! Everyone loves the lions.

It's a meeting point, it's a venue for numerous free festivals and screenings throughout the year, it's home to 2 amazing and free galleries, as well as displaying its own art on the famous forth plinth. It's an icon - just like the man atop its famous column.

tastemaker

Home to Nelson's Column, a couple of fountains as well as several thousand pigeons, Trafalgar Square is in the heart of London. At times, it can get very busy with tourists and ubiquitous pavement artists, but it is still worth a visit (especially when combined with the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery). It also plays host to several Summer festivals (mainly free).


Tastemaker

Under the watchful eye of Lord Nelson perched high above on his column is this iconic landmark of London. This place has hosted many a demonstration, protests, festivals, events and even the annual pillow fight. It’s a constant hub of buzzing activity, home to hungry pigeons and popular with camera snappy tourists posing by the lions and fountains.

Hangout for secret lovers and rebellious bored teenagers, during the evening I have passed through many times on my way to catch the night bus and with everything lit up this makes it look extra special. The National Gallery overlooks the square is a treasure to some the world’s most famous paintings in itself that must be explored. The National Portrait Gallery isn’t too far away either as well as St Martins in the fields that often holds free lunchtime concerts. Make sure you check the evolving fourth plinth that has hosted lots of different commissioned artworks over the years, currently home to a big thumbs up ‘Really Good’ by David Shrigley.

Tastemaker

If you are new to London, this will undoubtedly already feature high on your list. The fourth plinth is always home to some temporary, bizarre creation - from a skeletal horse to a blue chicken, this serves as an amusing contrast to the classic works of art in the National Gallery behind it. Head up along The Strand and visit Simpsons for a famous sunday roast, sip cocktails in the ME London rooftop bar and indulge in some west end theatre. 

Above all return at night when everything is calmer and even more beautiful. 

Tastemaker

An iconic place in literally the centre of London.  Trafalgar Square is home to Nelson's Column and the lions.  There are also three plinths containing different historical figures.  The four plinth is currently used for temporary works of art and it changes every year or so.  I have heard rumours that the exhibits are temporary as long term, this plinth is reserved for a statue of Her Majesty after she departs.  Other things to look out for here is the smallest police station in London and the Charles I roundabout just below the actual square marks the official centre of London from which all distances are measured.


Around the square are two of the best art galleries in London - The National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery (shouldn't they call the other one the National Landscape Gallery?).  Both are free entry, so worth a look here as well to see some of the well known paintings.  Across the road is St Martin in the Fields church, which has a café in the crypt and does lovely cakes and lunches.


You must not go to London without paying a visit to Trafalgar Square.

Tastemaker

Lovely square, esp in the summer. It's lovely to dangle your feet in the cold fountain when it's really hot outside!

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