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Trafalgar Square

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Address: Centre of the City, London SW1A, England
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

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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As absurd as it seems to rate Trafalgar Square...

... I suppose failing to do so could contribute to visitors not realizing just how iconic it is. Really, who would visit London and not see Nelson's Column and those lions... read more

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... I suppose failing to do so could contribute to visitors not realizing just how iconic it is. Really, who would visit London and not see Nelson's Column and those lions? Plus, how else are you going to get to the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, both of which are so worth seeing? One new addition I've particularly... More 

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Live music, free flags, stilt walkers, food vendors, carnival rides, and lots of people out enjoying the sun and fresh air. We loved it!

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Another iconic london landmark great to take the time to visit in the heart of our capital street artist reqularly perform here handy for a bite to eat have a drink and not to far from our other london landmarks Tube station is right (underneath) its door stop well worth a visit for all ages

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Visited today whilst the "Feast of St George" was going on. Lovely atmosphere and loads going on. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is a large square, with many people and beautiful statues. The buildings around are also impressive, but there is not much to do there. We took some photos of the girls near the lions and the huge "like". But this is it. A nice place to go through.

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I like Trafalgar square. It's a welcome break if you've just walked from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. Even though it's full of people and there's usually something going on, it's big enough to accommodate this without feeling overwhelmingly busy. Nice buildings to look at and a nice walk from both Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I dreamed of coming here. I was not disappointed. It is quite huge, filled with the National Gallery at one end, St. Martins-in the Fields church at another, Whitehall Rd down the middle and to to things off the statue of Lord Nelson dead center. In addition to the history here it's a great people watching site.

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This is where the National Gallery is, also a must see place. Fountains, Nelsons column , lions statues , steps to sit on and people watch, this is a meeting square of London . I've been here numerous times last one being 2 weeks ago on a sunny April Sunday and I was as impressed with it as the first... More 

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The square is a place every tourists visits, also an hangout for locals. So it was so crowded and hard to take nice photo . The place looks vibrant and full of life, especially during sunst.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What a perfect place to sit and relax for a while. The national gallery is located here, there are beautiful fountains, stunning statues, plenty of places to sit and take in the sights. It does get extremely busy, but this is one of those places you must see.

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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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