Trafalgar Square

The Trafalgar Square which is situated in central London, is a famous historic spot in commemoration of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 which marks the British Naval victory of Napoleonic wars. George Ledwell Taylor was the one who suggested the name Trafalgar Square. However, originally, it was supposed to be called King William the Fourth’s Square. It was completed around the middle of 1840’s.

Trafalgar Square is referred to as one of the most popular squares in the world. It has the Nelsons Column, the National Gallery and much to the tourists’ delight, lots of pigeons to watch and marvel at. The column is about 170 feet in height. There are four bronze lions surrounding the column on granite plinths. The unveiling took place in 1868 and was sculpted by Sir Edwin Landseer. The cast was by Marocchetti.

Located in the north side of the square is the National Gallery which houses artwork masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci. Alongside the National Gallery is the famous National Portrait Gallery.

The Canada House is situated on the west side and the Church of St. Martins in the northeast corner.

The Strand and the boundary that leads to the London’s Theatre Land can be found on the other side of the Trafalgar Square.

The Café in the square is the best place to enjoy some drinks and snacks. It offers a wide range of freshly made locally sourced foods. It offers hot and cold drinks and is open everyday.

The north side of the Trafalgar Square had undergone redevelopment in 2003. The front area of the National Gallery had been renovated making it passable for people and a flight of stairs leading to the museum was constructed for all visitors and tourists who are visiting this famous London spot. This is considered a great improvement because prior to its construction, the people had to pass through and cross the busy road in order to get to the museum.

The Fourth Plinth is located in the northwest side of the Trafalgar Square. It was built in 1841 and was originally constructed for an equestrian statue. However, it had been empty for so many years. Currently, it houses several specially commissioned works of art.

The Trafalgar Square is included in the Film London’s Top 20 locations following a bumper period of filming in this famous square.