Trafalgar Square

 
 
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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.

 

Trafalgar Square events

 
Eid FestivalEid FestivalEid FestivalEid al-Fitr is the global Muslim celebration which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Eid is the Arabic word meaning festivity, while al-Fitr means conclusion of the fast. Where Christians have Christmas, Muslims have Eid - which gives you an idea of how big the celebrations are. It's certainly a major event in London - and since 22nd August 2014Saturday 2nd August 2014 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
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Eid Festival
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Spiritual & Religious | PRICING  Free  
DATES  Saturday 2nd August 2014
Eid al-Fitr is the global Muslim celebration which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Eid is the Arabic word meaning festivity, while al-Fitr means conclusion of the fast. Where Christians have Christmas, Muslims have Eid - which gives you an idea of how big the celebrations are. It's certainly a major event in London - and since 2... More about this event
 
BP Big Screen: The Royal Opera: RigolettoBP Big Screen: The Royal Opera: RigolettoBP Big Screen: The Royal Opera: RigolettoA free, live outdoor screening direct from the Royal Opera House to Trafalgar Square. The last of three BP Big Screen events in London this summer, on Wednesday 17th September David McVicar's production of Verdi's tragedy, Rigoletto, highlights the cruelty and corruption of innocence at the heart of the court of Mantua as Rigoletto, court jester to17th September 2014Wednesday 17th September 2014 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
Category: event
Free Event 
BP Big Screen: The Royal Opera: Rigoletto
event > Concerts > Opera - Italian opera | PRICING  Free  
DATES  Wednesday 17th September 2014 - 7.30pm
A free, live outdoor screening direct from the Royal Opera House to Trafalgar Square. The last of three BP Big Screen events in London this summer, on Wednesday 17th September David McVicar's production of Verdi's tragedy, Rigoletto, highlights the cruelty and corruption of innocence at the heart of the court of Mantua as Rigoletto, court jester to... More about this event
 
Diwali FestivalDiwali FestivalDiwali FestivalKnown as the festival of lights, Diwali has religious significance for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains and is celebrated by many of the capital's South Asian communities. Diwali on the Square gives Londoners a chance to come together and celebrate at a free concert with backing from the Mayor's office. This annually occurring event in Trafalgar Square has 26th October 2014Sunday 26th October 2014 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
Category: event
Free Event 
Diwali Festival
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Festivals | PRICING  Free  
DATES  Sunday 26th October 2014
Known as the festival of lights, Diwali has religious significance for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains and is celebrated by many of the capital's South Asian communities. Diwali on the Square gives Londoners a chance to come together and celebrate at a free concert with backing from the Mayor's office. This annually occurring event in Trafalgar Square has ... More about this event
 
Trafalgar Square Tree Lighting CeremonyTrafalgar Square Tree Lighting CeremonyHundreds of white lights burst to life, signalling the start of the festive season in the capital.1st December 2014Wednesday 31st December 2014 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
Category: event
Free Event 
Trafalgar Square Tree Lighting Ceremony
event > Kids Events | PRICING  Free  
DATES  1st to 31st December 2014 - 6pm
Hundreds of white lights burst to life, signalling the start of the festive season in the capital.
 

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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 Portrait Restaurant National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2H 0EP A decadent four-course Valentine's menu and glass of Rose Champagne is on offer at The...

 
 
January in London 2012

Chinese New Year Celebrations Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DS 29th January 2012 Chinese New Year in London is one of the most spectacular in the West with over 300,000...

 
 
February in London 2012

Maslenitsa Russian Festival Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DS 26th February 2012 Also known as pancake week, Maslenitsa is celebrated every year by Russians all over the world. Waving farewell to...

 
 
March in London 2012

Turner Inspired: In The Light Of Claude National Gallery, WC2N 5DN 14th March 2012 - 5th June 2012 When Turner left the National Gallery two paintings - Dido...

 
 
April in London 2012

The Queen celebrates her birthday with the annual Gun Salutes in Hyde Park - though the official celebrations don't take place until June. Other things to look...

 
 
London Calendar 2014

Find out what's happening in London throughout 2014 with our comprehensive guide to the best entertainment in the city for the year ahead. From January through to December, 2014 is shaping up to be something special - so read on to get the best out of London town.

 
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Hotels near Trafalgar Square

Near Trafalgar Square
The Trafalgar Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £123  30% 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 £79  35% 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 £79  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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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Events near Trafalgar Square

Near Trafalgar Square
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th December 2014 to 9th May 2015
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 4 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Olivier-Award winner Tamsin Greig (Episodes, Green Wing, Jumpy, God of Carnage), who made her name as Debbie Aldridge in Radio 4's The Archers, makes her musical ...More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Urinetown The Musical
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 29th September 2014 to 24th January 2015
Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, Westminster, London W1D | 7 minutes from Trafalgar Square
After a hugely successful run at the St James Theatre at the beginning of 2014 Urinetown moves to the Apollo Theatre on 29th September 2014 making ...More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
War Horse
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 28th March 2009 to 14th February 2015
New London Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 11 minutes from Trafalgar Square
This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New London Theatre after two critically acclaimed ...More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near Trafalgar Square

Near Trafalgar Square
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Playhouse Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Northumberland Avenue, Westminster, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Trafalgar Square
A short step away from the main strip of West End theatres, the Playhouse's stylish curved facade is rather lost among the towering architecture of Charing ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near Trafalgar Square

The best shops and markets near Trafalgar Square
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Godiva
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
28 Haymarket, Soho, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Belgium's finest export, the first Godiva was opened in Brussels approximately 75 years ago by master chocolatier Joseph Draps and named after the legendary Lady Godiva. ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near Trafalgar Square

What are the best dining options near Trafalgar Square London?
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Massimo Restaurant and Oyster 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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Pret A Manger
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
62-65 Trafalgar Square, 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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 13 minutes from Trafalgar Square
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
15B Little Portland Street, W1W | 17 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Awarded The Best City Cookery School 2013, the Cookery School at Little Portland Street has been teaching people to make simple, honest food for more than ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Method Studio
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R | 18 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Learn to act by becoming the person you are portraying. Think yourself into the role... eat what they would eat, weigh what they would weigh, behave ... More
 
 
 
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Leisure near Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
AWAY Spa W London
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
10 Wardour Street, W1D | 5 minutes from Trafalgar Square
On the 6th floor of the W London the AWAY Spa certainly takes you away from the manic pace of life in Leicester Square ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near Trafalgar Square

The best pubs near London Trafalgar Square.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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, SW1A | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Gastropub... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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Nightlife near Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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, 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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Meeting venue hire near Trafalgar Square

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Trafalgar Square.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Institute of Directors - IOD
London > Business > Venue Hire
116 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Odeon, Leicester Square
London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, 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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Tour And Draw: Workshop
Tours | Until 26th July 2014 

National Gallery 2 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

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Mozart By Candlelight
Concerts | On 26th July 2014 

St Martin-in-the-Fields 2 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

Anthony Inglis conducts Mozart's 'Marriage Of Figaro' Overture, Piano Concerto No 21 In C Major, 'Elvira Madigan' and his Symphony ...More

Portrait Of The Day: Charles II And His Mistresses: Talk
Exhibitions | Until 26th July 2014 

National Portrait Gallery 2 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection....More

Portrait Of The Day
Exhibitions | Until 31st August 2014 

National Portrait Gallery 2 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

A talk on a chosen portrait....More

Family Activity Base (Over 3s)
Exhibitions | Until 3rd August 2014 

National Portrait Gallery 2 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

A resource for art materials in the Gallery....More

Weekend Workshop: Painting From A Model
Exhibitions | Until 27th July 2014 

National Portrait Gallery 2 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

A portrait-painting workshop with an exhibiting artist from the BP Portrait Award 2014, working from a model and photographs. All ...More

English National Ballet: Coppelia
English National Ballet: Coppelia
Dance | Until 27th July 2014 

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 3 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

Part of the 'My First Ballet' series - adapting ballet productions especially for younger audiences - ...More

 
The Covent Garden Comedy Club
Comedy | On 26th July 2014 

Covent Garden Comedy Club, The Arches 3 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

Topical gags and self-deprecating humour from Ian Stone. Also with Jarred Christmas, Don Tran, Toby Muresiau and MC Mike Belgrave....More

SS Atlantica Summer Voyage
Leisure | On 26th July 2014 

Silver Sturgeon Boat 4 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

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VIP Saturday's
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 30th August 2014 

Tiger Tiger 4 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

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