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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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Lodging Near Trafalgar Square

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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

200 Westminster Bridge Road, London
4.4
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This fantastic new hotel is located on the South Bank, near London Eye. Waterloo and Westminster stations are within 5 minutes walk, making easier to travel and ideal choice for city break or business trip.

$111
The Strand Palace Hotel

The Strand Palace Hotel

372 The Strand, London
4.0
of 5, from 8,392 reviews
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Located in City of Westminster, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Covent Garden Market and King's College London. Royal Opera House and London Coliseum are also within 10 minutes.

$434
Corinthia Hotel London

Corinthia Hotel London

Whitehall Place, London
4.9
of 5, from 502 reviews
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Located in City of Westminster, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Horse Guard's Building, National Gallery, and Trafalgar Square. Coca-Cola London Eye and Big Ben are also within 10 minutes.

$154
Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square

Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square

8 Northumberland Ave, London
4.3
of 5, from 3,086 reviews
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Located in the heart of London, this hotel is within walking distance of Benjamin Franklin House, Trafalgar Square, and Nelson's Column. Also nearby are Big Ben and St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

$145
Thistle Trafalgar Square Hotel

Thistle Trafalgar Square Hotel

Whitcomb Street, London
4.3
of 5, from 795 reviews
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Located in Soho, this hotel is steps from Her Majesty's Theatre, National Gallery, and Trafalgar Square. Leicester Square and Nelson's Column are also within 5 minutes.

$130
The Grand at Trafalgar Square

The Grand at Trafalgar Square

8 Northumberland Avenue, London
4.2
of 5, from 2,064 reviews
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Restored Victorian hotel built in 1887 and situated just off Trafalgar Square in the centre of London; the National Gallery, Covent Garden and theatre district are all within three blocks walk.Charing Cross metro station is just few steps away.

$199
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel

31-36 Leicester Square, London
4.3
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Leicester Square is one of London's most exciting and dynamic areas. The Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel is within walking distance of the West End, China Town, Trafalgar Square, Theatreland and Soho. Enjoy a myriad of nearby bars and restaurants. Leicester Square Station is moments away with great connections to the Northern line and Piccadilly line.

$253
The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton

The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton

2 Spring Gardens, London
5.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located on the southwest corner of London's Trafalgar Square, this hotel is across the street from Canada House. Admiralty Arch and Nelson's Column are both 2 blocks from the hotel.