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Trafalgar Square, London

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
One of London’s most recognizable landmarks, Trafalgar Square is a 44 m (145 ft) high monument bearing the statue of Lord Horatio Nelson, whose distinguished service during the Napoleonic Wars secured him a reputation as one of Britain’s most heroic historical figures. The square, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross, marks the center of the city. A number of commemorative statues and sculptures are located on the square, with one plinth (statue platform) left empty in order to host regular art exhibits. The square is used for political events and community gatherings, and most notably is the center of the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Try to make a photo stop here while you're in town. Check online for special events. Put Trafalgar Square at the forefront of your travel plans using our London holiday planning site.
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  • We look our 7 year old daughter there to show her some history and she had a great time. A must see location if you’re visiting London.  more »
  • You just have to stop by on any visit to London. See the iconic statues and people watch. Lots going on during our visit, a tour, temporary statues and an bookable arts/drawing class. On your way...  more »
  • Very cool plaza. Located in front of a museum with beautiful statues and a gigantic fountain with a pillar in the middle. You can find many artists performing there too,anything from dancing to painting in the floor or impersonating a celebrity. It's also near to the city center and has a good connection to public transport
  • Impressive square. Lots of street artists (at least in the summer). A place to have your midday stop (coffee and snack) during your tour of London. The Lions surrounding Nelson are impressive. The Trafalgar sea battle maintained the naval supremacy of Britain and allowed her to resist against Napoleon. Don't forget to visit the National Gallery!

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