London is filled with amazing sights to see, and that includes a wide range of fabulous public squares. As the population of the city has grown, so has the demand for meeting places and areas to relax. Many of the city’s most famous squares were built over a century ago, but as with many of the architectural marvels in London, they’re constantly being added to and adapted to stay up to date – as well as telling plenty of tales about the city’s rich history and culture. During your trip to the city, you can pay a visit to some of the most famous squares and discover a little more about London in the process.
Situated opposite the Houses of Parliament, the origins of this square’s name are obvious – yet in addition to this historic link to the UK government, it’s a stunning space and a worthy edition to this list. The main appeal of Parliament Square is its numerous statues which celebrate historic world leaders, including everyone from Churchill to Lincoln. New leaders are added as the years go by, so this is a great place to learn a little more about British and international history during your stay at our Bayswater Hotel London. First built during the 1860s, you also have a great view of Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, and can reach the London Eye with ease if you fancy checking out some of the other great landmarks in the city from a unique aerial vantage point.
Arguably the most famous square on this list, Trafalgar Square was built to commemorate Britain’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. An impressive space which is a popular destination for everything from city lunch breaks to protest marches, Trafalgar Square features the famous Nelson’s column, and two large bronze statues of lions crafted from bronze. The square is also ringed by some great destinations like the National Gallery, where you can see a whole host of fantastic art without charge. Within easy reach of our budget accommodation in London, there’s always something happening at Trafalgar Square, and as such an iconic place in the city, it should definitely be added to your weekend itinerary.
This is another of London’s most famous squares, although the atmosphere and attractions on offer are quite different to those offered by Trafalgar Square. Surrounded by cinemas, Leicester Square has become well known as a haven for film lovers, a reputation which is well-deserved. If Trafalgar Square is where you go to see historic monuments and great art, then Leicester Square has a more relaxed atmosphere which is better suited to casual sightseeing and weekend days out with friends or family. There are also lots of venues around which will appeal to couples. During your visit you’ll find plenty of time to explore all the squares on this list, helping you discover a new side to the city.