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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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Fourth Plinth: Heather Phillipson THE ENDFourth Plinth: Heather Phillipson THE ENDFourth Plinth: Heather Phillipson THE ENDLondon born artist Heather Philipson puts an ice cream with a cherry on top on The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. This is no end-of-the-pier display. Two flies buzz around the giant ice cream cone but, on closer inspection, one is a drone, both are parasites. The fly, used to represent the fleeting nature of life throughout art history, becomes2021-07-27T00:00:00+01002022-03-26T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
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DATES  26th March 2020 to 26th March 2022
London born artist Heather Philipson puts an ice cream with a cherry on top on The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. This is no end-of-the-pier display. Two flies buzz around the giant ice cream cone but, on closer inspection, one is a drone, both are parasites. The fly, used to represent the fleeting nature of life throughout art history, becomes... More about this event
 
 

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Underground Stations

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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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Corinthia Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
Whitehall Place, SW1A | 4 minutes from Trafalgar Square
With 294 bedrooms, multi-level penthouse suites and terraces offering spectacular views of the River Thames, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall - the £300 million restoration of the ... More
 
 
 
Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £183  37% off
1 Addington Street, SE1 | 13 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Close to Waterloo, the 4 star Park Plaza is - as the name suggests - just behind County Hall. Near to the Thames, it's also convenient ... More
 
 
 
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £191  33% off
Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 | 14 minutes from Trafalgar Square
The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is a modern, design-led hotel a short walk from some of the city's most iconic attractions, such as Big Ben and ... More
 
 
 
 
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Your Home
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Every Street, XX1 | 1 minute from Trafalgar Square
Venue used for online entertainment, Instagram events, stories and live streaming straight to your home. ... 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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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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Conversations With God: Jan Matejko's Copernicus
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 21st May to 22nd August 2021 - Various Times
Trafalgar Square, Trafalgar Square, WC2N | 2 minutes from Trafalgar Square
On loan from Krakow's historic Jagiellonian University, Polish artist Jan Matejko's huge painting Astronomer Copernicus depicts mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus and was painted to mark ...More
 
 
 
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Anna X
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 10th July to 4th August 2021 - Various Times
Trafalgar Square, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y | 4 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Emma Corrin and Nabhaan Rizwan make their West End debuts in Joseph Charlton's drama of deceit and reinvention set amidst the whirl of New York's social ...More
 
 
 
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Six The Musical
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 21st May to 22nd August 2021 - Various Times
Trafalgar Square, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D | 7 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss' playful musical history lesson about Henry VIII and his six wives, which puts the spotlight firmly on the fates of Catherine ...More
 
 
 
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Near Trafalgar Square
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Theatre Royal Haymarket
London > Entertainment > Theatres
18 Suffolk Street, 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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Shopping near Trafalgar Square

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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Dover Street Market
London > Shopping > Department Stores
18-22 Haymarket, Mayfair, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from Trafalgar Square
A department store but not as we know it, Dover Street Market is Harvey Nics for the hip. A haven for high end fashion brands like ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near Trafalgar Square

What are the best dining options near Trafalgar Square London?
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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
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 8 minutes from Trafalgar Square
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 10 minutes from Trafalgar Square
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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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
 
 
 
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Leisure near Trafalgar Square

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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
 
 
 
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The Clarence
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
53 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
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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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
2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, SW1A | 1 minute from Trafalgar Square
This bar is all about location, location, location. Overlooking Trafalgar Square, the Rockwell bar within the Trafalgar St. James hotel is a lush affair from a ... More
 
 
 
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Walkers Of Whitehall
London > Nightlife > Bars
15 Craig's Court, St James's, London SW1A | 1 minute from Trafalgar Square
Built in 1694 on Craig's Court, just south of Trafalgar Square, Walkers of Whitehall was originally ... More
 
 
 
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The Rooftop St. James
London > Nightlife > Bars
2 Spring Gardens, SW1A | 1 minute from Trafalgar Square
The Trafalgar Hotel was treated to a major upgrade in 2017, reopening as The Trafalgar St. James, and as a result, the rooftop bar was also ... 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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Billionaire Boy
Theatre | Until 22nd August 2021 

Garrick Theatre 3 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

Neal Foster directs Birmingham Stage Company's production of David Walliams' children's book....More

Hairspray
Theatre | Until 29th September 2021 

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

The feel-good musical set in 1960s Baltimore follows Tracy Turnblad and her big hair as she embarks on a mission ...More

Constellations
Theatre | Until 12th September 2021 

Vaudeville Theatre 6 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Michael Longhurst helms a revival of Nick Payne's multiverse romance exploring the infinite possibilities of a ...More

Amelie The Musical
Theatre | Until 25th September 2021 

Criterion Theatre 6 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

Michael Fentiman directs Audrey Brisson as the titular dreamer in a musical adaptation of the 2001 Oscar-nominated film blessed with ...More

Six The Musical
Theatre | Until 22nd August 2021 

Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue 7 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss' playful musical history lesson about Henry VIII and his six wives, which puts the spotlight ...More

Les Miserables - The Staged Concert
Theatre | Until 5th September 2021 

Sondheim Theatre 7 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

A limited run of an intimate concert staging of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's revolutionary ...More

Frank Bowling: London/New York
Exhibitions | Until 31st July 2021 

Hauser & Wirth 8 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

Displayed simultaneously in London and New York, Guyana-born Sir Frank Bowling's inaugural exhibition at Hauser & Wirth celebrates more than ...More

The Play That Goes Wrong
Theatre | Until 30th January 2022 

Duchess Theatre 9 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

Award-winning company Theatre Mischief presents a hilarious play-within-a-play about an amateur dramatic society staging a murder mystery, which is beset ...More

David Hockney: The Arrival Of Spring, Normandy, 2020
Exhibitions | Until 26th September 2021 

Royal Academy of Arts 10 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

Captured in the spring of 2020 at his home in Normandy, Hockney's celebration of the natural world comprises 116 works ...More

 
 
 
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