Trafalgar Square is one of the London’s most famous landmarks and welcomes many visitors every year.
The location is home to a number of unique attractions including Nelson’s Column and is also the venue for many annual celebrations, including New Year’s Eve, Eid and St Patrick’s Day.
There is plenty to see and do in and around Trafalgar Square and here are some of the highlights@
Her Majesty’s Theatre
Just a few minutes’ walk from Trafalgar Square is Her Majesty’s Theatre – one of the oldest playhouses in the capital and dating back to 1705.
Over the years, the theatre has welcomed some of the biggest names in West End productions, with musical productions of recent years such as Fiddler on The Roof (1967) and the current production of The Phantom Of The Opera, which opened in 1986 and has been welcoming people ever since.
The Two Chairmen
A 17th century public house, The Two Chairmen is a traditional British pub in the full sense of the word and received its name as a result of the practice of carrying wealthy patrons on chairs up the property’s steep flights of stairs during its early days.
Open daily between the hours of 11.30am and 11.30pm (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays), the establishment offers a great insight into British culture – be sure to check out its great range of food and drink.
St Martin-in-the-Fields church is a wonderful example of Georgian architecture and design and there are numerous services throughout the week for visitors from the local area and from further afield.
One of the highlights of the year for the church is its wonderful Christmas services that include performances from local schoolchildren.
The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery has free admission to the majority of its collection and is open every day from 10am until 6pm and until 9pm on Fridays.
More than 200,000 portraits are housed at the National Portrait Gallery, dating as far back as the mid-1800s. The pictures include images of royalty, politicians and celebrated public figures can all be found hanging on the walls of the gallery.
The National Gallery
Continuing on the gallery theme is the National Gallery. This famous institution is home to one of Europe’s finest collections of 13th to 19th century artwork and is open to the public nearly every day of the year, with free admission.
Throughout the year there are plenty of different exhibitions taking place at the gallery, with a focus on collections of the great classical painters to more contemporary artists.
British Optical Association Museum
Founded in 1901 by J H Sutcliffe of the British Optical Association, the British Optical Association Museum offers an insight into the optometrist and eyecare profession through the ages.
The museum houses more than 20,000 individual objects relating to the history of optometry and is open to the public most weekdays, although visitors will need to make a prior appointment for a full tour.
Benjamin Franklin House
Opened to the public in 2006, Benjamin Franklin House at 36 Craven Street is the world’s only surviving home of the iconic founding father of the United States.
A true heritage gem, the property has been faithfully restored to its appearance during Franklin’s time in residence and has become a dynamic museum highlighting the life and works of this great man. The building itself is also architecturally significant and has a grade I-listed status.
How to get to Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square has the benefit of a nearby car park – so ideal for those opting to drive to the famous square.
Q-Park Trafalgar is an underground car park just off Trafalgar Square. It benefits from a number security features and automatic speed gates to help keep vehicles safe.
The car park has a total of 205 spaces plus a further 58 for motorbikes. There are also a number of electric charging points for eco-friendly cars. Q-park Trafalgar is also open 24/7 – perfect for visitors arriving or leaving the capital in the early hours of the morning.
It is advisable to pre-book as there are significant discounts as well as the ability to purchase season tickets in advance.
For those preferring to make use of the London Underground network, there are a number of stations within easy walking distance of Trafalgar Square:-
Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines)
Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines)
Temple (Circle and District lines)
Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines)
Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)
Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines)
There are also a range of local bus services are also available for anyone hoping to visit Trafalgar Square during their time in London, with full details of routes and stops available via the Transport for London website.