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Travelling around central London, it can sometimes seem that all roads lead to Trafalgar Square. This grand open space, in the heart of the British capital, has roads converging on it from Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the West End and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Where they meet, standing proud some 50 metres above on his column, is Lord Nelson, the man the square commemorates. It was Nelson's naval victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, against Napoleon's fleet, that put paid to France's attempt to 'rule the waves' two centuries ago.
Now Trafalgar Square is where Londoners and visitors alike come to walk, see its many attractions, and (if the weather has been very fortunate) cool off in its fountains. Built in the 1840s, its main purpose was to show off the new National Gallery, which was being built at the same time. But with the country also looking to celebrate the naval hero, Nelson, the new square seemed the obvious place to erect his statue – and it was renamed Trafalgar Square.
Since those days, in addition to countless sightseers, Trafalgar Square has hosted many of Britain's most important public events. It has seen celebrations at the end of the World Wars, and cheering crowds for England's sporting heroes. It has also seen protests and riots in the past, but these days, it is busiest at the start of Christmas – when its Christmas Tree lights are switched on – and on New Year's Eve, when revellers arrive to see in the New Year.
Most tourists come here to gaze at the occasional pigeons flying around Nelson's Column, maybe to see the latest art installation on the 'Fourth Plinth', or to climb the steps of the National Gallery, where Britain's finest paintings are gathered. But mainly just to soak up the atmosphere of being right in the heart of the London, with its many attractions waiting to be explored.
Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of The British Museum, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Piccadilly Circus. Hyde Park and London Eye are also within 2 mi (3 km). Goodge Street Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Warren Street Underground Station is 7 minutes.
This family-friendly London hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Oxford Circus. Buckingham Palace and Green Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Piccadilly Circus Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Leicester Square Underground Station is 7 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus and London Dungeon. Big Ben and Buckingham Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km). Charing Cross Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Covent Garden Underground Station is 5 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Trafalgar Square, London Eye and Buckingham Palace. Big Ben and The British Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Charing Cross Underground Station and London Charing Cross Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Charing Cross and The Strand. National Gallery and Trafalgar Square are also within 10 minutes. Charing Cross Underground Station and Embankment Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London Aquarium are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lambeth North Underground Station is 6 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this boutique hotel is steps away from Charing Cross and The Strand. Trafalgar Square and National Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Charing Cross Underground Station and Embankment Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square. Piccadilly Circus and Big Ben are also within 1 mi (2 km). Leicester Square Underground Station and Charing Cross Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.