Hotels near Trafalgar Square

The most famous public square in London, Trafalgar Square, is also one of the city’s most-visited attractions; around 15 million visitors flock here yearly to appreciate its historical significance and modern marvels. If you’re planning a first trip to London, visiting Trafalgar Square is a must. The historic area boasts plenty of things to see and is surrounded by some of London’s most exciting tourist areas: Covent Garden, Soho and St. James’s. Start here to learn everything you need to know about Trafalgar Square before you go.
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Trafalgar Square

Where is Trafalgar Square in London?

Trafalgar Square is in the City of Westminster, the famous home of Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster (or Houses of Parliament) and Big Ben.
The nearest station is Charring Cross, where Bakerloo and Northern line tubes, Southeastern trains and busses stop. You'll exit the station a hop, skip and jump from Trafalgar Square. Embankment station is also on the fringes of Trafalgar Square, served by Bakerloo, Circle, Northern and District lines.

Things to see and do in Trafalgar Square

Nelson's Column

Nelson's Column stands proudly at the centre of Trafalgar Square, a 5.5-metre granite column on an engraved bronze platform. It was erected to honour Admiral Nelson's victory in the 1895 Battle of Trafalgar. The bronze panels at its base show four of Nelson's most legendary battles.

Landseer Lions

Four giant bronze lion statues (called the Landseer Lions after artist and sculptor Edward Landseer) are perhaps the most iconic landmarks in Trafalgar Square. The famous felines took nine years to create and sit at the base of Nelson's Column.


Trafalgar Square's two fountains are adorned with oceanic sculptures, including mermaids and dolphins. The edges of the fountains are favourite meeting spots year-round. Many visitors and Londoners come to sit and admire the square in all its glory.

The National Gallery

Trafalgar Square is a relatively quick landmark to visit. Why not head into the National Gallery while you're there? One of London's best art galleries sits on the north side of the square; entry is free, making this a must for art lovers in the area.
The National Gallery is home to over 2,300 works from the 13th century to 1900, including many famous masterpieces like Van Gogh's Sunflowers.

The best restaurants and bars near Trafalgar Square

Exploring the area's excellent restaurants and bars is one of the best ways to spend time near Trafalgar Square. The square neighbours buzzy Soho and Covent Garden, some of London's best areas for food and drink.
The best restaurants near Trafalgar Square include:

  • Boyd's Grill Wine Bar
  • Tandoor Chophouse
  • The Northall
  • Nutshell
  • Spring Restaurant
  • The Rooftop
    For drinks near Trafalgar Square, visit:
  • The Admiralty
  • Old Shades
  • Horse Guardsman

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