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57 reviews of Trafalgar Square in English
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It is first & foremost a place to people watch,secondly
it has masses of history - demonstrations (South Africa
House in the Square was constantly bombarded with
red paint when Mandela was in prison- earlier the
Committee of 100 held sit down demos here etc.)
Now all sorts of wonderful events are held here : St
Patrick's Day for example.... Nelson's Column is here
as is the National (Art) Gallery. Leicester Square,
marvellous Chinatown & the Houses of Parliament are
all minutes away too
I love this landmark. There is nothing to do there as such, but you will always find something interesting going on.
Don’t stare at Nelson too long, you will fall over. Great place in summer and a must see for tourist.
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A very impressive public space and obviously much enjoyed by the huge crowds of overseas tourists . The fountains are great and the lions are very special . Of course this isn’t the interesting part but there is a huge block of clean , free public toilets . Always a good thing to find .
Having worked just down the road in Whitehall I used to really enjoy walking up to Trafalgar Square and chilling out (yes it is possible), whilst eating my lunch.
There is always so much happening there, so many events to tickle your fancy, from mini pop concerts, big screens to watch the football on to smaller cultural events where you can try food from all around the world.
It can be a real pain in the A**E when the place is overrun with protestors or motorcyclists clogging up the road demanding to use the bus lanes but that aside its a really great place to visit, especially in the summer months when the weather gets really hot.
And if the weather should turn a little bit nasty whilst you are there then on your doorstep you have the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery is just around the corner.
Pay the place a visit and pay homage to Nelson himself ;0) !!!!!
Despite being full of tourists, I've always liked Trafalgar Square. Granted I'll avoid it at any time there's a festival or protest on, but when I'm going into town, I make a point of walking through, even though it adds five minutes on to my journey. It's especially pretty at night - the National Gallery is all lit up, the fountains look pretty from street lights.
Every so often you'll get a cool exhibition (the Lomography one a couple of years back was a highlight) but even without that, there's always something to do. Whether it's just popping to the cafe in the gallery, or staring up at the people on the fourth plinth. The lions around Nelson's column remind me of home too - there's a copycat statue in Shrewsbury. Wonder if there are any more around the country?
And here's the thing: It's big. Which means it might be full of tourists, but you can still sit and eat your sandwiches in peace.
As a relatively new Londoner there have been times I've found it difficult to settle in here. It's huge, it's busy, your friends are sometimes a million miles away.
If I'm at a loss of things to do, or feeling a bit down in the dumps, this is one of the places I go. A cliche indeed but realising you're a part of a city that so many people flock to from around the world is pretty cool. A good hour sitting and looking up at the buildings, watching people go by, attempting to climb the lions around Nelson's Column and I'm sucked back into the mad whirlpool that is London town, ready for the next adventure.
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themakingspace, 6 November 2009:
Trafalgar Square is largely a touristy place but it’s still quite a sight - pity they did away with the poigeons but there are still some great lion statues, fountains and of course Nelson’s column to take your post card pictures. It’s also the best place for you to grab a night bus after the tubes have closed and they hold events here regularly that are free and big and fun - including a flash group there a week ago for a phone company add where Pink came along to get everyone singing. Definitely somewhere to earmark for your A to Z.
Trafalgar Square is a must-not-miss if you are popping through London or have a limited timetable. There are loads of dynamic and entertaining museums in the vicinity (particularly the National Gallery and the Portrait Gallery) and there are always buskers, performers and street artists doing interesting things here. Also love the spire with Nelson perched on top. Many embassies are also near by (Canadian, South African). Close to the river too (10-15 min walk).
No matter from which direction you get to the National Gallery, you must walk pass the Trafalgar Square.
The most dominant feature of this square would be the tall tower featuring General Nelson and the two large fountain. And the most important activity would be feeding and taking pictures of the pigeon.
Remember to walk faster if you do not want the birds to get on you. haha!!
Trafalgar Square is one of the defining features of London, and it’s great that it’s being used as much as it is - there always seems to be an event every few weeks, which unfortunately means that it’s closed to the public.
The fountains, recently filled with bubbles as a prank, are great to watch, filled with lovely sculptures… but the best sculpture of all is Nelson’s Column, which rises high from the centre of the square.
Around the square on the edges are four plinths - with one sculpture that’s rotated every year or so. Whilst Boris promised it would have a war veteran placed upon it, he’s apparently reenged on that, leaving (often controversial) modern art in its place.
Brilliant place in london to go and see. Once you have finished taking in the buildings, statues and atmosphere, there is plenty to do around the area. Primarily is the national gallery, which is sort of at the head of the square. Stunning building outside and in, free to visit and well worth a look. Then there is the Strand - a cracking shopping street which leads right off trafalgar square.
Leister square is also just to the north, this way you will find the west end, with lots of lovely restaurants , cinemas and theatres. Also not far is chinatown and soho. This is a good place to start/ finish if you are coming to see things in this area. There are many tube stations nearby, the one closest to the square being Charing Cross.
As a Londoner, I love Trafalgar Square and nelson never ceases to amaze me no matter how many times i see it! There is however one problem. Friday and Saterday nights hundreds of underage kids flock to the area to drink and be merry, the place is noisy and annoying. There are however a multitude of different stations nearby for access to the area and lovely galleries and museums nearby.
Trafalgar Square is often on the top 5 of most tourists must see places when they visit London. And it is there for good reason. Although it doesn’t quite match some of the more exotic piazzas its design is meant to mimic in Italy. It still is a wonderful place to visit. As a Londoner I still enjoy heading down there, as there are often many events being held there. From open air opera, to art installations, to a giant dance off. With the great lions and other magnificent statues set around the edge of the square you can just sit there and do nothing but people watch and this is still a great way to start a summer afternoon.
Trafalgar square is world renowned, at the base stand the proud nelsons column which lead us into Whitehall then onto parliament square, at the top is the national gallery. West lead of to the Pall Mall and east is surrounded by Covent garden in particular St.Martins. The square its self gets packed when theirs a major event. I couldn’t more there when Italy won 2006 world cup and I think there was well over 3000 people there. A great starting point for any tourist or a nice day out for any Londoner, the square holds all kinds of events over the summer to celebrate London and its cultures. Including dancing days music and games festival aswell as Bangladesh events.
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