Even if you have never travelled to London before, Trafalgar Square is a location that has so much international appeal that there’s a strong chance you would already know of this historical monument. It’s been featured in film and TV documentaries, not to mention as part of big occasions. Today, Trafalgar Square is just as exciting as it was when it was built and is a sight not to be missed.
The battle of Trafalgar
History fans visiting London will know this period of British history very well. Trafalgar Square is a big part of the city and was named after the Battle of Trafalgar. This war took place in 1805 when the British fought with the French and Spanish naval fleets. Admiral Lord Nelson (1758-1805) was a hero of the war, and his feats were commemorated with the building of Nelson’s Column, which stands tall in the centre of Trafalgar Square. The column is guarded by four large beautifully designed lion statues, which have taken on an iconic status over the years and are very recognisable.
Modern day Trafalgar Square
Although the square was named after the momentous battle, it has taken on a life of its own over the past one hundred years. You can now find Trafalgar Square at the heart of any large London protest and gathering. Whenever there is a momentous occasion in the city, Trafalgar Square will usually be featured. Recently, an artist used the fourth pillar in the square to display ‘living art’ involving members of the public. People were invited to submit their details online and with that the artist would make them into living sculptures that stood on the fourth plinth in the square. On a day-to-day basis among the visitors, you can find street performers, food sellers as well as artists working in this vibrant place.
An essential sight for pop culture lovers
Trafalgar Square has made a splash in the entertainment world too, not just in England but on an international scale. TV shows like ‘The Avengers’ and 'Doctor Who’ have regularly featured the square over the various seasons, as have movies such as James Bond film 'Casino Royale’. In 2011, the premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was held here due to building works in the original location of Leicester Square. This was the first premiere to be held there and paved the way for more of such events in the future. The square is a wonderful place to walk around and really take in the city.
The square that never sleeps
There are no entrance fees required to enter the square. The square itself, complete with its water fountains, can be enjoyed at all times day or night. It’s a highly recommended stop if you happen to be travelling to London during the summer months (May to August) as there are usually a lot of activities and events happening, including performance art as well as performances by musicians. It is a family-friendly location too with lots of space for the more energetic youngsters to run around. As it’s located in the heart of the city, Trafalgar Square is the perfect place to stop for lunch and to just take in the world.
An architectural wonder in London's history
Take some time out to really take in the true majesty of Trafalgar Square. Steeped in history and built by master craftsmen, Trafalgar Square is a true testament to the city and really has to be seen to be appreciated.
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