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Trafalgar SquareLord 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 capital, the heart of the nation, and, at one time, the heart of an empire that controlled three fifths of the world. Yet, though it is dominated by these imperial symbols, and by the magnificent Victorian edifice of the National Gallery, the square is no relic of a bygone age. Instead of statues of military heroes, the The Fourth Plinth is now used for exciting and controversial modern art, the first of which was Mark Wallinger's Ecce Homo in 1999. Fantastic free outdoor events are held here in summer, highlighting the best of London's multicultural music and dance scene. The square also acts as the traditional end point for protest marches and is a key rallying point for British counter-culture. It is the centre of London's bus network, and an essential stage on many a Night Bus trip home. In all these ways, Trafalgar Square has retained its status as the heart of London, and one of every Londoner's most treasured spots.

 

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St Patrick's Day Parade And Festival 2016St Patrick's Day Parade And Festival 2016Celebrate St Patrick's Day in the heart of central London. This lively event brings the best of Irish culture and a packed programme of great entertainment to Trafalgar Square.2016-03-13T00:00:00+00002016-03-13T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
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St Patrick's Day Parade And Festival 2016
Silence In The SquareSilence In The SquareThe Royal British Legion leads a two minute silence for Armistice Day at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month in the square. After the event, the public can place poppy petals in the fountains as a symbolic act of remembrance.2016-11-11T00:00:00+00002016-11-11T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
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Silence In The Square
London's Chinese New YearLondon's Chinese New YearLondon's Chinese New YearChinese New Year in London is one of the most spectacular in the West with over 300,000 people taking part in the celebrations across the capital. This year, the Year of the Monkey, the London celebrations take place on 14th February 2016 - making it a double date with Valentine's Day - with activities taking place in Chinatown, Leicester2016-02-14T00:00:00+00002016-02-14T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
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Chinese New Year in London is one of the most spectacular in the West with over 300,000 people taking part in the celebrations across the capital. This year, the Year of the Monkey, the London celebrations take place on 14th February 2016 - making it a double date with Valentine's Day - with activities taking place in Chinatown, Leicester... More about this event
 
International Pillow Fight DayInternational Pillow Fight DayOrganised by the Urban Playground Movement, this mass pillow fight in the centre of London invites anyone with a pillow to let off pent-up energy at the designated hour.2016-04-02T15:00:00+01002016-04-02T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
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Free Event 
International Pillow Fight Day
Pride In LondonPride In LondonLesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their family and friends march proudly from Baker Street, along Oxford Street and Regent Street, ending in Trafalgar Square with a concert featuring chart acts, musicians, dancers, West End stars and other performers.2016-06-25T13:00:00+01002016-06-25T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
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Free Event 
Pride In London
 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Charing Cross Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Leicester Square Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Blackfriars Railway Station
 
21 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Q-Park Trafalgar
 
2 minutes walk
 
St Martins Lane NCP
 
4 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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The Trafalgar Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £122  26% off
2 Spring Gardens, SW1A | 1 minute from Trafalgar Square
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 £59  27% off
8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 1 minute from Trafalgar Square
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 £76  25% off
8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 1 minute from Trafalgar Square
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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Horse Guards Parade
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 4 minutes from Trafalgar Square
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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Leicester Square
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 4 minutes from Trafalgar Square
With Trafalgar Square to the south, Piccadilly Circus to the west, China Town to the north and Covent Garden to the east, Leicester Square is right ... More
 
 
 
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The West End
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Soho, London WC2H | 4 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Taking in Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street, Soho, Theatreland, Chinatown, Covent Garden and Leicester Square, The West End really does have it ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near Trafalgar Square

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Trafalgar Square
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The Fourth Plinth
London > Attractions > Sights
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | Same location as Trafalgar Square
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 | 1 minute from Trafalgar Square
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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National Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 2 minutes from Trafalgar Square
The National Gallery dominates London's Trafalgar Square with its neo-classical columns and portico designed by William Wilkins adjoining the square on its east side where it ... More
 
 
 
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Near Trafalgar Square
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The Maids
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th February to 21st May 2016
Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A | 2 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Jean Genet's tense 1947 drama The Maids is given a starry revival in 2016, with Orange is the New ...More
 
 
 
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The Painkiller
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 5th March to 30th April 2016
Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Sean Foley directs this adaptation of Francis Veber's classic play, The Painkiller, as part of Kenneth Branagh's five-play season at the Garrick Theatre. The production sees ...More
 
 
 
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The Entertainer
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th August to 12th November 2016
Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh in this production of John Osborne's The Entertainer, concluding Branagh's year-long, five-play season at the Garrick Theatre. In the production Branagh ...More
 
 
 
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Haymarket Theatre Royal
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Haymarket, SW1Y | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
The Haymarket Theatre was built by John Potter on the site of the King's Head Inn and the Gun Smith shop in 1702. It has had ... More
 
 
 
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London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)
London > Entertainment > Theatres
St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
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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Odeon Leicester Square
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the biggest of the week's ... More
 
 
 
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The best shops and markets near Trafalgar Square
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Davenports Magic Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
7 Charing Cross Underground Shopping Arcade, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
From budding Harry Potters and bumbling Tommy Coopers to dynamic David Copperfields, Davenports is a haven for magicians of every level and ability. Non-magicians too are ... More
 
 
 
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Tenderproduct
London > Shopping > Art and Design
6 Cecil Court, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Tenderproduct is the second tender venture by Etan Ilfeld, who previously founded the neighbouring Tenderpixel Gallery, an innovative space for emerging talent. Tenderproduct is a shop ... More
 
 
 
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Pan de Vie
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
5 New Row, WC2N | 4 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Combining classic European baking with exotic flavours of the Far East, Pan de Vie delivers a visual treat of brilliantly-coloured sweet patisseries and ... More
 
 
 
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Massimo Restaurant & Bar
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
10 Northumberland Avenue, 10 Northumberland avenue, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from Trafalgar Square
Adding another notch to his London portfolio, David Collins has designed the exquisite Massimo restaurant within the grand 5 star Corinthia Hotel London in Whitehall Place. ... More
 
 
 
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Albannach
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
66 Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from Trafalgar Square
Scotland combines some of the finest ingredients in the world with some of the most atrocious cooking, but this Scottish-themed bar-restaurant is trying to change all ... More
 
 
 
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Pret A Manger
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
62-65 Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from Trafalgar Square
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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Education near Trafalgar Square

Near Trafalgar Square
ELS Language Centre, London
London > Education > English Language Courses
3 Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
8 students per class. Under £200pw.... More
 
 
 
Malvern House College
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Malvern House International, 29 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
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Regent London
London > Education > English Language Courses
12 Buckingham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Under £200 per week. Maximum group size 15. Wide variety of courses.... More
 
 
 
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Trafalgar Square gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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ESPA Life at Corinthia
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
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 Trafalgar Square
Created in 1874, the Victoria Embankment Gardens run parallel to the River Thames, creating a green walkway between Waterloo Bridge and Embankment, and are dotted with ... More
 
 
 
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So SPA Sofitel St James
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
6 Waterloo Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Opened in July 2009, So SPA by Sofitel is a stunning relaxation space - all marble and modern design - housed within the Sofitel St James ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near Trafalgar Square

The best pubs near London Trafalgar Square.
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The Sherlock Holmes
London > Nightlife > Pubs
10 Northumberland Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Thirsty Sherlock Holmes fans look no further than this homage to the great detective himself and to original Victorian pubs. While you indulge in a soothing ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Clarence
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
53 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
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The Harp
London > Nightlife > Pubs
47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
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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Trafalgar Square clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Rockwell
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, Westminster, London SW1A | 1 minute from Trafalgar Square
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Vista
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Trafalgar, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London SW1A | 1 minute from Trafalgar Square
This bar is all about location, location, location. Just a few steps from Nelson's Column, Vista is a rooftop bar upon the boutique Trafalgar Hotel. The ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Institute of Contemporary Art Bar & Cafe
London > Nightlife > Bars
12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
The Institute of Contemporary Art on The Mall (just down the road from the Queen's pad) is a great place for a trendy drink after taking ... More
 
 
 
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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Trafalgar Square.
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Institute of Directors - IOD
London > Business > Venue Hire
116 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
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Haymarket Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Suffolk Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
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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Odeon, Leicester Square
London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the week's big releases. Aside ... More
 
 
 
 
 

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Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Trafalgar Square

A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this ...More

 
Antonio Pappano And The Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House: The Mighty Handful
Concerts | On 8th February 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Trafalgar Square

Pappano conducts an all-Russian programme of Rimsky-Korsakov's Prelude and the Battle Of Kerzhenets and Flight Of The Bumblebee, Borodin's Symphony ...More

Trade Off Monday
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 8th February 2016 

The Roadhouse 1 minute walk from Trafalgar Square

Take part in Rockeoke and sing with the live band. Plus indie and pop music from resident DJ Elle Tiyo....More

Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots
Theatre | Until 24th September 2016 

Adelphi Theatre 3 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Cyndi Lauper and Harvey ...More

 
The Lion King
The Lion King
Theatre | Until 3rd July 2016 

The Lyceum Theatre 3 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and ...More

 
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Theatre | Until 13th February 2016 

The Donmar Warehouse 3 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

The Donmar Warehouse's Christmas offering is the revival of Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, with Janet McTeer and Dominic West ...More

 
Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!
Theatre | Until 22nd October 2016 

Novello Theatre 3 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

Through the story-telling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty forty-something single mum, who recalls the ...More

 
John Dagleish Does Dylan, Dave Van Ronk & Dagleish
Concerts | Until 11th February 2016 

Arts Theatre 4 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

An exciting chance to see John Dagleish perform a solo acoustic gig, singing and playing the songs of some of ...More

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Theatre | Until 13th February 2016 

Aldwych Theatre 4 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

Marc Bruni directs the London transfer of the two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, which ...More

 
Stomp
Stomp
Theatre | Until 8th January 2017 

Ambassadors Theatre 4 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

Stomp stages an aural assault on your senses at the Ambassadors Theatre. There is no plot, no dialogue and nobody ...More

 
 
 
 
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