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Make the Most of Our Hotels Near Trafalgar Square

Just a short walk from our Amba Hotel Charing Cross, Trafalgar Square is not to be missed during any visit to London. Trafalgar Square, sometimes known as ‘London’s Living Room’ is one of the well-known sites ticked off the list of many travellers, and with good reason. Steeped in history and hosting some of the most iconic and memorable sights in the capital, Trafalgar Square truly is quintessential London at its finest. If you’re visiting Westminster, it’s a must-see location.

What is Trafalgar Square?

A feast for all the senses, Trafalgar Square is one of the most vibrant and bustling parts of London, with history and culture aplenty to enjoy. Surrounded by a multitude of historic buildings, galleries, and museums, it plays host to The National Gallery, Nelsons Column and much more, forming the cultural epicentre of London.

Trafalgar Square Facts

  • Trafalgar Square was named after the Battle of Trafalgar, won over the French and Spanish by Admiral Nelson in 1805.
  • Trafalgar Square is home to the world’s smallest police box, sitting in the southeast corner of the square.
  • The area was once used to house the royal stables and royal hawks before being turned into the square we see today.
  • The fountains in Trafalgar Square were actually placed there to discourage public gatherings, ironic given they now attract such large crowds.

When is the Best Time to Visit Trafalgar Square?

Thanks to the myriad of options available to visitors and the seasonal events that occur at Trafalgar Square, there really is no bad time to visit this historic part of London. Whether you’re in the capital for Christmas and want to see the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree, or you want to eat lunch by the side of the fountains on a summer’s day, a visit to Trafalgar Square is a joy all year-round.

Directions to Trafalgar Square

Getting to Trafalgar Square couldn’t be easier if you’re staying at our Amba Hotel Charing Cross. After exiting the hotel, simply turn left and head down The Strand. After just a moments walk you’ll find yourself at Trafalagar Square.

Trafalgar Square Tube Station

Charing Cross Station is the nearest tube station to Trafalgar Square. The station sits on the Bakerloo Line and Northern Line. Just look for the brown (Bakerloo) or black (Northern) routes on the Underground map and ensure you choose the correct direction of travel. Once you exit Charing Cross Station, turn right and walk down The Strand to Trafalgar Square.

Getting the Bus to Trafalgar Square

Thanks to Trafalgar Square sitting at the heart of London, it is serviced by a great number of bus routes. This includes the numbers 12, 159, 453 and 88 bus routes. The easiest way to ensure you’re getting the right bus is to use the Transport for London website or smartphone app.

Parking Near Trafalgar Square

For those planning to drive to Trafalgar Square, there are several car parking options available. There are BCP and Q-Park car parks close to the square itself, both offering differing rates.

Things to See in Trafalgar Square

Due to its central location in Westminster, Trafalgar Square has a whole host of things to see and do. If a visit to The National Gallery is on your agenda, you’ll find it in the heart of Trafalgar Square, however there are also many other sights to take in. Whatever your reason for visiting, there are plenty of things to see in Trafalgar Square.

The Trafalgar Square Lions

Sitting guard in the square since 1867, the four bronze lions of Trafalgar Square make for an iconic photo opportunity. The lions, which were made of reclaimed bronze from melted cannons, sit at the base of Nelson’s Column and act as protectors for the famous landmark.

The Trafalgar Square Statue

A visit to Trafalgar Square brings with it the unmistakable sight of Nelson’s Column. The column, which stands at 169 feet tall and features a fourteen-foot statue of Admiral Nelson at the top, forms the centrepiece of Trafalgar Square. It’s not the only statue in Trafalgar Square, however. There are also four plinths in the corners of the square supporting statues of General Sir Charles James Napier, Major General Sir Henry Havelock and King George IV.

Trafalgar Square Pigeons

Although certainly not a man-made part of Trafalgar Square, the pigeons that can be found flocking to the square are every bit as iconic. Pigeons have been a part of Trafalgar Square since it was first constructed but haven’t always been welcome. Despite the council hiring hawks to keep them at bay in the early 00’s, the pigeons can still be seen flocking to the area, just in smaller numbers than they once did. Just don’t feed them – or you’ll run the risk of a fine!

The Trafalgar Square Fountains

The Trafalgar Square fountains make for the perfect photo opportunity in the capital. Added to the square in 1845, they were redesigned to include the now famous dolphins, tritons, and mermaids in 1930. On an evening, the fountains are lit up by LED lights, making them a stunning sight amongst the beautiful, historic architecture.

Trafalgar Square Restaurants, Pubs and Bars

Thanks to its location amongst the hustle and bustle of central London, there is no shortage of places to stop off for a bite to eat or a drink near Trafalgar Square.
The Café on the Square is situated at the heart of Trafalgar Square and offers up traditional cream teas, as well as many other refreshments. Eating here whilst immersed in the surroundings of the square makes for a truly wondrous experience.
Adjancent to the square you’ll find The Admiralty pub. Named after Admiral Nelson and overlooking the statue of the man himself, the nautical décor pays tribute to Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory. There are few better ways to enjoy a hand-pulled pint of ale and hearty pub food.
Portrait Restaurant and Bar is located on the roof terrace of the National Portrait Gallery and boasts stunning views of the capital, including Nelson’s Column in the foreground. Whether it’s brunch, afternoon tea or fine dining you’re looking for, you’ll find it here.
With Trafalgar Square’s proximity to Covent Garden, you’ll find some of the capital’s finest dining just a stone’s throw away. Just get set to explore the wonders lying on the doorstep of this cultural hub.

Trafalgar Square at Christmas

Christmas is a special time of the year to see London in all its glory, and Trafalgar Square is one of the highlights. With things to see and do, the festive spirit is truly in full swing throughout December.

The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree

The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is gifted to the city of London each year by the city of Oslo, Norway and is lit by the Mayor of Oslo, the Mayor of Westminster, and the British ambassador to Norway. The tradition of gifting a Christmas tree dates to World War II after the Norwegian government sought refuge in Britain. The tree is usually over 20 feet tall, so makes for an impressive sight alongside Nelson’s Column.

Trafalgar Square Christmas Market

2019 saw Trafalgar Square host its first ever Christmas market, adding to the magical atmosphere in the square. A festive occasion not to be missed, it’s the ideal place to pick up a mulled wine and enjoy the daily carol services underneath the tree. Trafalgar Square has so much to offer and explore, it should be a highlight of any trip to London. Book at our Amba Hotel Charing Cross to find yourself on the doorstep of this vibrant cultural hub.

Just a short walk from our Amba Hotel Charing Cross, Trafalgar Square is not to be missed during any visit to London. Trafalgar Square, sometimes known as ‘London’s Living Room’ is one of the well-known sites ticked off the list of many travellers, and with good reason. Steeped in history and hosting some of the most iconic and memorable sights in the capital, Trafalgar Square truly is quintessential London at its finest. If you’re visiting Westminster, it’s a must-see location.

What is Trafalgar Square?

A feast for all the senses, Trafalgar Square is one of the most vibrant and bustling parts of London, with history and culture aplenty to enjoy. Surrounded by a multitude of historic buildings, galleries, and museums, it plays host to The National Gallery, Nelsons Column and much more, forming the cultural epicentre of London.

Trafalgar Square Facts

  • Trafalgar Square was named after the Battle of Trafalgar, won over the French and Spanish by Admiral Nelson in 1805.
  • Trafalgar Square is home to the world’s smallest police box, sitting in the southeast corner of the square.
  • The area was once used to house the royal stables and royal hawks before being turned into the square we see today.
  • The fountains in Trafalgar Square were actually placed there to discourage public gatherings, ironic given they now attract such large crowds.

When is the Best Time to Visit Trafalgar Square?

Thanks to the myriad of options available to visitors and the seasonal events that occur at Trafalgar Square, there really is no bad time to visit this historic part of London. Whether you’re in the capital for Christmas and want to see the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree, or you want to eat lunch by the side of the fountains on a summer’s day, a visit to Trafalgar Square is a joy all year-round.

Directions to Trafalgar Square

Getting to Trafalgar Square couldn’t be easier if you’re staying at our Amba Hotel Charing Cross. After exiting the hotel, simply turn left and head down The Strand. After just a moments walk you’ll find yourself at Trafalagar Square.

Trafalgar Square Tube Station

Charing Cross Station is the nearest tube station to Trafalgar Square. The station sits on the Bakerloo Line and Northern Line. Just look for the brown (Bakerloo) or black (Northern) routes on the Underground map and ensure you choose the correct direction of travel. Once you exit Charing Cross Station, turn right and walk down The Strand to Trafalgar Square.

Getting the Bus to Trafalgar Square

Thanks to Trafalgar Square sitting at the heart of London, it is serviced by a great number of bus routes. This includes the numbers 12, 159, 453 and 88 bus routes. The easiest way to ensure you’re getting the right bus is to use the Transport for London website or smartphone app.

Parking Near Trafalgar Square

For those planning to drive to Trafalgar Square, there are several car parking options available. There are BCP and Q-Park car parks close to the square itself, both offering differing rates.

Things to See in Trafalgar Square

Due to its central location in Westminster, Trafalgar Square has a whole host of things to see and do. If a visit to The National Gallery is on your agenda, you’ll find it in the heart of Trafalgar Square, however there are also many other sights to take in. Whatever your reason for visiting, there are plenty of things to see in Trafalgar Square.

The Trafalgar Square Lions

Sitting guard in the square since 1867, the four bronze lions of Trafalgar Square make for an iconic photo opportunity. The lions, which were made of reclaimed bronze from melted cannons, sit at the base of Nelson’s Column and act as protectors for the famous landmark.

The Trafalgar Square Statue

A visit to Trafalgar Square brings with it the unmistakable sight of Nelson’s Column. The column, which stands at 169 feet tall and features a fourteen-foot statue of Admiral Nelson at the top, forms the centrepiece of Trafalgar Square. It’s not the only statue in Trafalgar Square, however. There are also four plinths in the corners of the square supporting statues of General Sir Charles James Napier, Major General Sir Henry Havelock and King George IV.

Trafalgar Square Pigeons

Although certainly not a man-made part of Trafalgar Square, the pigeons that can be found flocking to the square are every bit as iconic. Pigeons have been a part of Trafalgar Square since it was first constructed but haven’t always been welcome. Despite the council hiring hawks to keep them at bay in the early 00’s, the pigeons can still be seen flocking to the area, just in smaller numbers than they once did. Just don’t feed them – or you’ll run the risk of a fine!

The Trafalgar Square Fountains

The Trafalgar Square fountains make for the perfect photo opportunity in the capital. Added to the square in 1845, they were redesigned to include the now famous dolphins, tritons, and mermaids in 1930. On an evening, the fountains are lit up by LED lights, making them a stunning sight amongst the beautiful, historic architecture.

Trafalgar Square Restaurants, Pubs and Bars

Thanks to its location amongst the hustle and bustle of central London, there is no shortage of places to stop off for a bite to eat or a drink near Trafalgar Square.
The Café on the Square is situated at the heart of Trafalgar Square and offers up traditional cream teas, as well as many other refreshments. Eating here whilst immersed in the surroundings of the square makes for a truly wondrous experience.
Adjancent to the square you’ll find The Admiralty pub. Named after Admiral Nelson and overlooking the statue of the man himself, the nautical décor pays tribute to Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory. There are few better ways to enjoy a hand-pulled pint of ale and hearty pub food.
Portrait Restaurant and Bar is located on the roof terrace of the National Portrait Gallery and boasts stunning views of the capital, including Nelson’s Column in the foreground. Whether it’s brunch, afternoon tea or fine dining you’re looking for, you’ll find it here.
With Trafalgar Square’s proximity to Covent Garden, you’ll find some of the capital’s finest dining just a stone’s throw away. Just get set to explore the wonders lying on the doorstep of this cultural hub.

Trafalgar Square at Christmas

Christmas is a special time of the year to see London in all its glory, and Trafalgar Square is one of the highlights. With things to see and do, the festive spirit is truly in full swing throughout December.

The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree

The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is gifted to the city of London each year by the city of Oslo, Norway and is lit by the Mayor of Oslo, the Mayor of Westminster, and the British ambassador to Norway. The tradition of gifting a Christmas tree dates to World War II after the Norwegian government sought refuge in Britain. The tree is usually over 20 feet tall, so makes for an impressive sight alongside Nelson’s Column.

Trafalgar Square Christmas Market

2019 saw Trafalgar Square host its first ever Christmas market, adding to the magical atmosphere in the square. A festive occasion not to be missed, it’s the ideal place to pick up a mulled wine and enjoy the daily carol services underneath the tree. Trafalgar Square has so much to offer and explore, it should be a highlight of any trip to London. Book at our Amba Hotel Charing Cross to find yourself on the doorstep of this vibrant cultural hub.

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