Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is bang in the middle of London. Use Charing Cross tube station, it has an exit into the Square.

walk South; Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
walk North; Leicester Square, Picadilly
walk West; Buckingham Palace
walk East; towards the City; Strand; Aldwych; Fleet Street;

When this webcam faces forward, you can see the fountains next to the base of Nelsons Column, and the National Gallery is the large magnificent building in the background.
There's a webcam overlooking Trafalgar Square, it moves around as well. Several other excellent London webcams can be found at the BBC here.
Live webcam feed

Some Notes !


There are excellent public toilet facilities at Trafalgar Square.
It's a really nice place to sit, eat a sandwich, watch people and watch the world go by.
For food, there are sandwich bars around, and some cafes. Leicester Square is 4 minutes walk away, good for fast food.
It's very close to many other London sights, making it really convenient as a regular stop-off point.

The fountains are lovely. People don't often play in the water though.

A good description can be found here, but be sure to come back.
If you would like to read the history of Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column, try here.
and here.
What is the Fourth Plinth?

The Fourth Plinth is kind of neat. Built in 1841. Originally intended for a horsey-type statue thing. It was never filled, for some reason, and now it's the location for specially commissioned artworks - or anything else that people can dream up.

In 2009, they decided to put people, one at a time, for an hour each, 24 hours a day, for 100 days. This is a pic of them swapping people - one goes up, one comes down.
The National Gallery with historic paintings is on one side of Trafalgar Square, their website is here.
The National Portrait Gallery is right next door, their website is here.
St Martin In The Fields is worthy of a visit as well; sit on the steps outside, or look around inside; their website is here.
There's a magnificent crypt downstairs, alas with a cafe now ! Where did the creepiness go ? But it's a lovely place to visit.
Canada House, the Canadian embassy is on one side of the square. (West)
The National Gallery is on one side of the square. (North)
On one side of the square (East !) is South Africa House, the embassy of S.A.
Site of many protests during the Apartheid era.
Incidentally, just up the Strand on the left hand side is the Zimbabwean embassy. It still seems open, but strangely few visitors.
And the last side of the Square contains the entrance to Whitehall; towards Horse Guards Parade, Downing Street and then the Houses of Parliament. From this view, you can see Big Ben in the distance.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pall_Mall,_London

Prev page Start page Contact Us Guestpage Comments