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CenotaphStanding solemnly in the middle of Whitehall, visitors could be forgiven for passing the Cenotaph by unnoticed. But every November it becomes the focus of Britain's Remembrance Service (the closest Sunday to 11th November). The service commemorates the British Empire and Commonwealth servicemen who died in the two World Wars. The monarch, representatives of the Church, State, the armed and auxiliary forces, all gather to pay respect to those who lost their lives defending the freedom of others. Hymns are sung, prayers are said, and the two-minute silence is observed. Wreaths of poppies are then laid on the steps of the Cenotaph. The monument was originally built of wood and plaster for the first anniversary of the Armistice in 1919. The memorial you see today was designed by Edward Lutyens, it was created from Portland Stone and was unveiled one year later in 1920. The inscription simply reads "The Glorious Dead".

 

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Charing Cross Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Embankment Underground Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Victoria Railway Station
 
21 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

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Q-Park Trafalgar
 
3 minutes walk
 
St Martins Lane NCP
 
6 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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The Trafalgar Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £133  37% off
2 Spring Gardens, SW1A | 1 minute from Cenotaph
Almost in the shadow of Nelson's Column, and with the Palaces of Whitehall looming behind it, this hotel is at the heart of the Capital. ... More
 
 
 
Club Quarters Trafalgar Square
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £88  26% off
8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 1 minute from Cenotaph
A fantastic nineteenth century exterior hides a thoroughly modern hotel, with clean, minimalist design in the rooms. The biggest draw is the location, in the very ... More
 
 
 
The Grand at Trafalgar Square
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £88  39% off
8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 1 minute from Cenotaph
A visually stunning building, The Grand at Trafalgar Square is a quintessential London hotel, located within the restored landmark Northumberland House - formerly the Victoria Hotel. ... More
 
 
 
 
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The Fourth Plinth
London > Attractions > Sights
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Cenotaph
The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square remained empty after its completion in 1841 - it was designed for an equestrian statue of one of Britain's Colonial ... More
 
 
 
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Nelson's Column
London > Attractions > Sights
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Cenotaph
Master tactician, inspirational leader, patriotic martyr, Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson is one of England's great heroes. His Nelson's Column statue is at the very heart of ... More
 
 
 
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London Eye
London > Attractions > Sights
Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Cenotaph
The London Eye elbowed its way onto the capital's tourist scene as one of the statement pieces to mark the turn of the century ... More
 
 
 
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Horse Guards Parade
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Cenotaph
Horse Guards Parade is the setting for various military ceremonies throughout the year including the Trooping the Colour which marks the Queen's official birthday. At the ... More
 
 
 
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Household Cavalry Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Horse Guards, Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Cenotaph
Visitors to the Household Cavalry Museum can watch troopers working with their horses in the original 18th century stables (via a glazed screen) and hear accounts ... More
 
 
 
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Trafalgar Square
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Central London, Westminster, London WC2N | 2 minutes from Cenotaph
Lord Nelson, Britain's greatest military hero, and the mighty lions that surround him, pay testament to the position of Trafalgar Square at the heart of the ... More
 
 
 
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English National Opera: The Winter's Tale
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: 27th February to 14th March 2017
Cenotaph, St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 5 minutes from Cenotaph
The ENO presents a world premiere of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. The tale of love, loss and reconciliation sees the King of Sicilia mistakenly believe that ...More
 
 
 
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The Miser
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 1st March to 3rd June 2017
Cenotaph, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 5 minutes from Cenotaph
Griff Rhys Jones takes the title role and comedian Lee Mack stars in a major revival of Moliere's classic comedy The Miser with Sean Foley directing ...More
 
 
 
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Edward Albee's The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 24th March to 24th June 2017
Cenotaph, Haymarket, SW1Y | 5 minutes from Cenotaph
Damian Lewis returns to the West End this March to star in Edward Albee's The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? The Tony Award-winning play follows Martin, ...More
 
 
 
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Playhouse Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Northumberland Avenue, Westminster, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Cenotaph
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Boat Show Comedy Club
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
Tattershall Castle, Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London SW1A | 4 minutes from Cenotaph
The Boat Show Comedy Club aboard the Tattershall Castle has consistently good line-ups and has played host to some of the finest comedy acts on the ... More
 
 
 
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London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)
London > Entertainment > Theatres
St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 5 minutes from Cenotaph
London Coliseum is a magnificent historic building and an excellent venue in which to enjoy the soaring sounds and high drama of some truly thrilling operas. ... More
 
 
 
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Davenports Magic Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
7 Charing Cross Underground Shopping Arcade, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Cenotaph
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Dover Street Market
London > Shopping > Department Stores
18-22 Haymarket, Mayfair, London SW1Y | 6 minutes from Cenotaph
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Tenderproduct
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6 Cecil Court, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 6 minutes from Cenotaph
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The Clarence
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53 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 1 minute from Cenotaph
Just a hundred yards from Trafalgar Square, the MOD and the Horse Guard's Parade, The Clarence has an undeniably impressive location that attracts both locals and ... More
 
 
 
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Pret A Manger
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
1 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 1 minute from Cenotaph
Pret a Manger sells up market fast food, hand made from natural ingredients, to take away or eat on site, in its trademark no nonsense chrome ... More
 
 
 
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Watatsumi
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7 Northumberland Avenue, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from Cenotaph
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The London Film School
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24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 10 minutes from Cenotaph
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Courtauld Institute of Art
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Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 10 minutes from Cenotaph
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
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1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 14 minutes from Cenotaph
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ESPA Life at Corinthia
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Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 1 minute from Cenotaph
The people at Espa take grooming pretty seriously, and quite rightly, when it comes to appearances it's often best to leave it to the experts. You'll ... More
 
 
 
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Victoria Embankment Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Victoria Embankment, Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Cenotaph
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So SPA Sofitel St James
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6 Waterloo Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 5 minutes from Cenotaph
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The Clarence
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53 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 1 minute from Cenotaph
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The Sherlock Holmes
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10 Northumberland Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from Cenotaph
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The Harp
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47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 5 minutes from Cenotaph
The Harp, a welcoming bar in Covent Garden, is a traditional pub where the emphasis is firmly on real ale - earning it CAMRA's National Pub ... More
 
 
 
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Walkers Of Whitehall
London > Nightlife > Bars
15 Craig's Court, St James's, London SW1A | 1 minute from Cenotaph
Built in 1694 on Craig's Court, just south of Trafalgar Square, Walkers of Whitehall was originally ... More
 
 
 
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Rockwell
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The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, Westminster, London SW1A | 1 minute from Cenotaph
Hotel bar on Trafalgar Square with public roof terrace. This bar is all about location, location, location. Just a few steps from Nelson's Column, the Trafalgar Hotel ... More
 
 
 
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Bassoon Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Cenotaph
The cocktails in the Bassoon Bar are very good, expensive, yes, but very, very good. Not only that but the bar has a piano which is ... More
 
 
 
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Banqueting House
London > Business > Venue Hire
Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Cenotaph
The only surviving section of Whitehall Palace. In its heyday the largest royal palace in Europe, this historic venue is the only surviving section of Whitehall Palace ... More
 
 
 
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Institute of Directors - IOD
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116 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from Cenotaph
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Haymarket Hotel
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1 Suffolk Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 5 minutes from Cenotaph
A hip designer hotel by Tim and Kit Kemp in a grand building on the prestigious Haymarket, the broad boulevard street making for an impressive entrance. ... More
 
 
 
 

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