Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is a public area in the very centre of London built in the 19th century on the site of former Royal Stables.

When the stables were moved elsewhere, the present day version was dreamt up by architect John Nash as an area for celebrating 'city holidays'.

Though Nash's plan was approved, the building work didn't start until after he died. Construction was therefore led by another architect, Charles Barry.

It is now most frequently used for public events and as a gathering place during political demonstrations.

Originally, the place was named in honour of King Wilhelm IV. The final name was given in celebration of the victory in the Battle of Trafalgar. The area became important for the traffic intersection.


At the centre of the square, standing 56 meters tall, Nelson's column in his dark grey granite looms over you. The column was built in 1840-1843, and is surrounded by sculptures of lions and fountains. The four sides of the column are decorated with frescoes made of captured and melted Napoleonic guns.

Around the square, you can also find the National Gallery, the Church of St. Martin, and several embassies.

We would recommend the Cafe in the Crypt inside the Church of St. Martin as a unique and affordable lunch spot.


You can get to Trafalgar Square via a 30 minute stroll from the Luna Simone Hotel. Alternatively you could grab a 24 bus from outside the hotel and shave off 10 minutes, making it 20 minutes.

The nearest tube stations are Charing Cross and Embankment.