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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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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.2019-11-11T10:00:00+00002019-11-11T00:00:00+0000 Where:
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Silence In The Square
Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree & CarolsTrafalgar Square Christmas Tree & CarolsTrafalgar Square Christmas Tree & CarolsSince 1947, stately Trafalgar Square has received a majestic Norwegian Christmas Tree as an annual gift from the people of Oslo, thanking Britain for its support and friendship during World War Two. The enormous tree is a popular seasonal tourist attraction, particularly in the fortnight leading up to Christmas, when each evening (from 4pm to 8pm o2019-12-05T00:00:00+00002019-12-25T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
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event > Seasonal > Christmas | PRICING  Free  
DATES  5th to 25th December 2019
Since 1947, stately Trafalgar Square has received a majestic Norwegian Christmas Tree as an annual gift from the people of Oslo, thanking Britain for its support and friendship during World War Two. The enormous tree is a popular seasonal tourist attraction, particularly in the fortnight leading up to Christmas, when each evening (from 4pm to 8pm o... More about this event
 
 

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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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London Events 2019

Find out the best London 2019 events with our comprehensive guide to the top entertainment in the city throughout the year. From January through to December, 2019 is packed with unmissable events - so read on to get the best out of London town.

 
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The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £128  36% 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 £108  30% 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 £108  24% 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
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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
 
 
 
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
Touching The Void
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 9th November 2019 to 29th February 2020
Trafalgar Square, St Martins Lane, WC2N | 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square
The true story of two young climbers who get into trouble has already been told in a BAFTA-winning film and now it comes to the stage ...More
 
 
 
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Waitress
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 8th February 2019 to 4th January 2020
Trafalgar Square, 18-20 Maiden Lane, The Strand, WC2R | 6 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Transferring from Broadway, the Waitress musical comes to the Adelphi Theatre for its UK premiere in February. The first musical to have an all-female creative team, ...More
 
 
 
Thriller Live
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 1st January 2015 to 5th April 2020
Trafalgar Square, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D | 7 minutes from Trafalgar Square
Michael Jackson's untimely death may have propelled this musical into orbit; Thriller - Live became a tribute show overnight with the obvious decision that the show ...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
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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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
 
 
 
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, 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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
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Leisure near Trafalgar Square

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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
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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
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
 
 
 
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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Trafalgar Square clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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The London Design Festival 2019
The London Design Festival 2019
Exhibitions | Until 22nd September 2019 

Various Venues London 1 minute walk from Trafalgar Square

Celebrating London as the gateway to international design, the London Design Festival returns for a 17th year in 2019 with ...More

 
Bartolome Bermejo: Master Of The Spanish Renaissance
Exhibitions | Until 29th September 2019 

National Gallery 2 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

This exhibition brings together six of Bermejo's paintings that have never been seen outside of Spain, including the triptych of ...More

A Night At The Opera
Concerts | On 19th September 2019 

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

The sopranos Beatrice Acland and Emilie Cavallo and mezzo-sopranos Flora Macdonald and Helen Stanley, along with piano accompanist Berrak Dyer, ...More

BP Portrait Award 2019
BP Portrait Award 2019
Exhibitions | Until 20th October 2019 

National Portrait Gallery 2 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

The popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 40th year at the National Portrait ...More

 
The Fishermen
Theatre | Until 12th October 2019 

Trafalgar Studios 2 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

New Perspectives' award-winning staging of Chigozie Obioma's powerful allegory of brotherhood based on the Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel. Adapted ...More

Ana Schmidt: City of Shards
Exhibitions | Until 22nd September 2019 

Mall Galleries 2 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

A showcase of new works showing urban landscapes by the realist painter and urban planning architect....More

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Exhibitions | Until 22nd September 2019 

Mall Galleries 2 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

The UK's nature photographers display award-winning work....More

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2019
Exhibitions | Until 22nd September 2019 

Mall Galleries 2 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

The exhibition shows all aspects of the entrants' work, whether abstract, figurative, contemporary or traditional....More

Bitter Wheat
Theatre | Until 21st September 2019 

Garrick Theatre 3 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

John Malkovich returns to the West End stage after nearly 30 years to play a depraved Hollywood mogul in the ...More

Rirkrit Tiravanija: Untitled 2019 (The Form Of The Flower Is Unknown To The Seed)
Exhibitions | Until 28th June 2020 

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 3 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square

A sake bar with communal seating and tables containing artworks and special lighting challenges the traditional exhibition format in favour ...More

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Stranger Things Halloween Party
Stranger Things Halloween Party
Concerts | On 26th October 

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DJ Yoda brings a Stranger Things themed party ...More

 
ANTS at fabric
ANTS at fabric
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 1st November 

Fabric Nightclub

Ibiza club night ANTS heads to London superclub fabric in Farringdon to host a Halloween ...More

 
Le Deli Robuchon
Le Deli Robuchon
Dining 

The legacy of the late French chef, Joel Robuchon, can be found in this Mayfair ...More

 
Oktoberfest at Pop Brixton
Oktoberfest at Pop Brixton
Foodie Events | From 11th October 

Pop Brixton

Pop Brixton will once again join in on ...More

 
The Cursed Voyage of HMS Berners
The Cursed Voyage of HMS Berners
Seasonal | On 31st October 

Berners Tavern

The dress code for The London EDITION's Halloween ...More

 
Fright Club: Jitters
Fright Club: Jitters
Comedy | On 31st October 

The Comedy Pub

A fright-tastic comedy show, Jitters blends morbid magic with ghoulish giggles, taking its audience on ...More

 
Northern Ballet: Dracula
Northern Ballet: Dracula
Dance | From 7th November 

Royal Opera House

Northern Ballet's adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula comes to the Royal Opera House but before ...More

 
CinemaLive and Northern Ballet: Dracula Live
CinemaLive and Northern Ballet: Dracula Live
Film Events | On 31st October 

Vue West End

Broadcast live by satellite from Leeds Playhouse to ...More

 
The Drumsheds
The Drumsheds
Entertainment 

From the creators of Printworks, The Drumsheds is a warehouse and outdoor space that's perfect ...More

 
Out Of Order
Theatre | From 12th October 

Southbank Centre

Sheffield based ensemble Forced Entertainment stages a tragi-comic mime show set in the ruins of a broken world at the Southbank Centre this October. Out Of Order starts with a troupe of hapless clowns huddled ...More

Hendrick's Gin Tini Martini Townhouse
Hendrick's Gin Tini Martini Townhouse
Exhibitions | From 4th October 

Oneroom Gallery

Small is beautiful at the Hendrick's Tini Martini ...More

 
Oneroom Gallery
Attractions 

ONEROOM Gallery is a converted Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch split over four floors with a private terrace....More

Le Comptoir Robuchon
Le Comptoir Robuchon
Dining 

Le Comptoir Robuchon puts the focus on the late chef Joel Robuchon's original small plates ...More

 
Beano Studios
Beano Studios
Business 

The London HQ for Beano, the UK's longest running weekly comic, first published in 1938....More

 
Sticks'n'Sushi, Soho
Sticks'n'Sushi, Soho
Dining 

Underneath the London HQ of British artist Damien Hirst, Sticks'n'Sushi in Soho specialises in sushi ...More

 
Alcotraz Penitentiary: Cell Block Six Eight
Alcotraz Penitentiary: Cell Block Six Eight
Drinking 

Two years after the first behind-bars cocktail bar ...More

 
Wilder Restaurant & Bar
Wilder Restaurant & Bar
Dining 

Modern British restaurant at Boundary London run by Richard McLellan, former chef at the Typing ...More

 
World Car Free Day in London
World Car Free Day in London
Exhibitions | On 22nd September 

Tower Bridge

Turn off your engines and leave the petrol ...More

 
The Collective
The Collective
Business 

Set within a Victorian house, The Collective are a collection of beautifully designed and finished ...More

 
Old Bengal Bar
Old Bengal Bar
Drinking 

Located in a beautiful Grade II listed building originally owned by the East India Company, ...More

 
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Summer may be over but that isn't an excuse for hibernating - and why would ...More

 
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