10 Must-Dos in London

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London: Trafalgar Square (Attractions)

London: Trafalgar Square (Attractions)


Nearest Stations: Charing Cross and Piccadilly Circus
Address: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN
Typical opening hours: 24/7 – Public area

Trafalgar Square celebrates Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson’s victory in 1805 against the French and Spanish forces at Cape Trafalgar. Nelson’s Column dominates the square, at 135 feet tall it is the same height as his ship (HMS Victory). Atop of the column is an 18-foot statue of Nelson.

The square is recognised by visitors from across the globe, and it was even used as inspiration in George Orwell’s 1984 where it is referred to as Victory Square.
The famous fountains on the square date from the 1930s and were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The lions around the base of Nelson’s column date from the 1860s by Edwin Landseer.

Statues adorn the corners of the square: George IV (also known as the Prince Regent), Sir Charles James Napier (the British Commander-in-Chief in India in the 1840s), and Sir Henry Havelock (a British general). The fourth plinth remained empty until 1999. Since 2005, a different sculpture has been placed on the plinth every year or two.

The sculpture is “Really Good” by David Shringley, a giant thumbs-up with the thumb rising to 10 metres in height.

Buildings here include:
• The Canadian, South African, and Ugandan High Commissions
• St. Martin in the Fields Church, located to the right of The National Gallery is the church where royal births are registered. It is famous for its Crypt Café with warm food at pub prices in a beautiful underground setting.
• The National Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery, which are covered on the previous pages.

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