Trafalgar Square is an iconic part of the city that’s not to be missed. If you’ve ever wondered about how to start your trip in London, then visiting this prestigious area is not a bad start. Connected to Covent Garden, Leicester Square, and Regents Street – staying here puts you in prime position to enjoy the countless attractions and the unique London vibe.
Historically speaking, Trafalgar Square is a public square that’s famous for being the center-point of many events and protests in the city. Nelson’s column here rises above the iconic square’s LED-lit fountains. Many travellers, who’ve visited London, when surveyed, mentioned that Trafalgar Square was their favourite spot in the city.
That makes sense considering it’s a delight designed area, that’s relaxing and historical at the same time.
The Fourth Plinth
Originally, the Fourth Plinth was built for an equestrian statue of William IV. However, this never came to fruition. Supported by the Arts Council, The Fourth Plinth is used to showcase sculptures created by a whole host of creative and talented artists. Past sculptures have included a giant blue cockerel, and currently, the sculpture is a skeletal riderless horse. This is entitled as the ‘Gift Horse’. Attached to the horse’s leg is a bow with a ticker showing the latest prices of the London Stock Exchange.
Houses of Parliament
This is the centre of the government and an iconic and landmark to the city. Visitors can explore the heart of the UK’s democracy and watch debates when parliament is in session. Visitors can also enjoy a guided tour of the iconic building, audio tours, or a visit with an afternoon tea. Book your stay at one of the luxurious hotels in London and enjoy Trafalgar Square to its fullest.
West End Shows
The heart of Theatreland, The West End offers shows that have been running for decades Theatre is relevant to the arts scene in London and has been a mainstay in the capital’s culture for over a century. Some of the shows held here include The Lion King who has taken place at the Lyceum Theatre for the last 16 years. This is one of the most successful musical shows of all time, seen by over 75 million people worldwide.
Home to royalty -it is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II- Buckingham Palace truly has a global status. Every summer, The State Rooms open its doors to the public and allowing visitors to gain a candid look behind the scenes of the preparations for an official state visit to the palace.
National Portrait Gallery
For art lovers, the National Portrait Gallery boasts art from the 16th century all the way to the present day. With over 200,000 portraits, the art that the gallery showcases are inspiring with paintings from such well-known artists as Leonardo da Vinci and William Morris. However, the collections of pictures are not just of paintings. There are collections in the museum that offer photographs showing a candid insight into photographers’ subject.
This place is a little further out from Trafalgar Square, but we had to put it on here. It’s the UK’s most popular paid attraction, and it is not hard to see why. Visitors step into a capsule, and the wheel rotates as people experience shots of the city. The breathtaking views of the London skyline can stretch as far as Windsor Castle on a clear day.
Without a doubt, the London Eye offers a whole new perspective of the capital. However, the London Eye can be far more unique for visitors. For example, those visiting the observation wheel can book at a single capsule; in addition to chocolate, wine, champagne or a whisky tasting session.
Some other attractions worth mentioning here include the Sherlock Holmes pub, the phantom of the opera, and the Ghost bus tours –a funny comedic horror play hosted on a bus at night. Some of the most famous theatre shows here include the book of Mormon and the Phantom of the Opera.
If you’re visiting London on a short break or a longer one, you’ll want to consider a great central hotel to enjoy all these attractions. While you can of course still enjoy what central London has to offer if you stay further out from the city, your holiday will be a little more inconvenient.
Time is of the essence when you’re on vacation, and if you’re spending an hour commuting to and back from central London every day of your trip, then that’s a massive opportunity cost. Those seven hours could have been better spent enjoying the countless attractions in the city.