Trafalgar Square is central to London's heart but also to many Londoners!
I have lived in London over twenty five years now and I have never lost my love for London’s biggest square. In all that time it has seen me through everything form demonstrations to festivals, as a meeting point for friends that haven’t known london as it is easy to find, to something I shall never forget, The Lomo World Congress in 2007 when I had a wall of work up and I met some of the very best lomo friends I could have ever met.
Trafalgar Square is a symbol to the world of the past power of this country but also of our strength in creativity with the recent fourth plinth work, History, Arts, Social, Tourism they are all here, we may have lost a lot of our pigeons but the closing of the road between the Square and The National Gallery means we have a connection with culture and somewhere free from traffic that we can watch the sun go down toward the Houses of Parliament with wonderful fountains in the foreground and Nelsons Column in the middle ground.
If you haven’t been to Trafalgar Square you should check it out, it is the hub of this great city, it’s starting point. Once upon a time this is where you would pick up a bus going in every direction, especially the night buses for those out late! You can still do this but at least the top road is closed so you don’t have to hurtle across that and half kill yourself trying to catch a bus.
If you are catching a train or tube there are four tube stations, Leicester Square; Piccadilly; Embankment and Charing Cross tube and mainline station are in close walking distance, that is less than five minutes in a southerly or westerly direction. The square is also accessible for disabled users and the Café on the Square is a lovely hidden little spot to warm up or get a refreshing drink you can also sit outside and watch the world go by.
North of the Square is The National Gallery with the Sainsbury Wing, behind this is Leicester Square and cinema land with theatres and clubs. To the South is London’s Government with Whitehall and Parliament. To the east is and St. Martins in the Field, The Thames and the Embankment, West of here are various embassies and of course The Mall leading to Buckingham Palace. A true hub of the city.
City of Westminster, WC2
51° 30′ 28.97″ N, 0° 7′ 44.07″ W
There are too many buses to mention here but visit this site for details:
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