Visit Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square is one of London’s defining sights. It’s pretty much a permanent backdrop for television series and films, and it frequently serves as the pulsating centre for the capital’s celebrations, from Diwali to Christmas. Although frequently busy and hard to navigate, for guests at the Strand Palace Hotel the jams don’t apply, as it’s just a short walk away.
With just a quick stroll around Trafalgar Square, you can easily see why it is considered to be the epicentre of most of London’s festivities. Your visit to London would not be complete without popping over to Trafalgar Square, especially with so many attractions close by such as The National Gallery and St Martins-in-the-fields just to name a couple.
Trafalgar Square name and origins can be dated all the way back to the 1800’s, when the British Navy celebrated the victory of the battle of Trafalgar during the Napoleonic wars off the coast of Cape Trafalgar, Spain.
Trafalgar Square Highlights
Trafalgar Square is home to numerous different monuments, none as important as Nelson’s Column which is located at the centre. This has four Lion statues at its base along with fountains which were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The four Lions at the base were sculpted by Sir Edward Landseer and these were melted down from the cannons that were aboard the French and Spanish ships during the Battle of Trafalgar. The column is topped off with a statue of Horatio Nelson. He was the vice admiral of the British fleet during the battle.
The rest of the Square is also abundant with statues and sculptures, such as statues of Major-General Sir Henry Havelock, George IV and General Sir Charles James Napier. On the north wall of the square sits three busts of admirals of Lord Beatty, Lord Jellicoe and the First Sea Lord Admiral Cunnigham from World War II.
The Southern side of the square you will see the bronze equestrian statue of Charles I, and statues of George Washington and James II in front of the National Gallery on the lawn. The National Gallery is located on the northern side of the square, while the historic St Martins-in-the-fields Church is located on the eastern side. The square is attached to the Strand, the mall and Charing Cross Road.
- Do not attempt to feed the pigeons in the Square as it is strictly forbidden.
- You can be at Buckingham Palace within 18 minutes just follow the Strand/the Mall directly from Trafalgar Square.
- If you prefer Piccadilly Circus, that’s a beautiful 8-minute walk following Cockspur Street, and then Haymarket.
- With us, you can save 15% if you book in advance online and get £30 palace pounds to use at all the restaurants and bars.
- With world-class comedians on our doorstep at the 99 comedy club enjoy a day at Trafalgar and then move onto the evening at the comedy club.
Nearest stations are Charing Cross (two-minute walk away), Leicester Square (six-minute walk away) or Embankment (seven-minute walk away)
You can get to Trafalgar Square via routes 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 87, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, and 453
Charing Cross station is just a two-minute walk away.