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Trafalgar Square

#54 of 1,530 things to do in London
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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
As featured in No Frills London and 5 other guides
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Address: Centre of the City, London SW1A, England
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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A 145-foot-high monument, bearing a statue of Lord Horatio Nelson guarded...

A 145-foot-high monument, bearing a statue of Lord Horatio Nelson guarded by lions, marks the spot considered the center of London.

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Area steeped in history

And interesting area of London, but very busy, not the place to go for peace and tranquillity. This area is close to Covent Garden, Horse guards parade, The Mall, all within... read more

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Langholm, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

And interesting area of London, but very busy, not the place to go for peace and tranquillity. This area is close to Covent Garden, Horse guards parade, The Mall, all within walking distance.

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Readington, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We traveled with our kids and while we enjoyed the square during the day and it's beauty (with the famous landmarks in the square) one Friday night, while visiting the Nat'l Gallery for an "after hours" event, the crowd in the square multiplied and some of them were drinking. That's fine in and of itself, but my New Yorker radar... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The square is impressive and overwhelming because of its history. The Nelson’s Column, the fountains and the statues makes this place one that is worth visiting.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I loved the trafalgar square. the layout and whole intersection is awesome. loved london city .............

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The column, the lions, the fountains. The steps to the National, and the National building itself. All very impressive, all very full of history. Just too often too full of tourists (unsurprisingly), many of whom do not seem to appreciate the historical significance of the surroundings.

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Bristol, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Even in the winter with those oppressive grey skies, this is a place to visit, even if it is as you are passing though on the way to the National Gallery. This is Ground Zero of a very lively and vibrant section of London, filled with museums, theaters, beautiful architecture, and monuments. Center to the square, is the column with... More 

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Burnaby, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We walked by here on December 23rd. It was cold and wet. If you look at the photos I supplied, there were not a lot of people there (this was at lunch time). However, in the warmer months, this place is generally packed with locals and tourists.

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Ploiesti, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing location, very busy, full of stradal artists, so nice! So many things to see and to do here! 5 *!

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County Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Don't visit on a wet day,,,miserable ....nothing spectacular because we were soaked and ready to move on,

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Amazing to vist at night at Christmas. The Christmas tree is enormous. We were lucky enough to watch a free carol service too. Absoultey lovely, a must to vist anytime but especially at Christmas.. Makes you feel very festive.

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
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