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Trafalgar Square

Welcome to Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is one of the most famous public spaces in London and no visit to the capital is complete without seeing it.

It was designed in the Italian style by Charles Barry in 1845 and subsequently embellished with lions by Landseer and fountains by Lutyens. At the centre of the space is Nelsons column with the four lion statues splaying out at its base. Various Statues and sculptures are displayed on the various plinths in the square, including the ‘fourth plinth’, which is located in the north-west corner closest to the Sainsburys wing of the National Gallery and displays and hosts a changing programme of contemporary art.

The name of the square commemorates and refers to the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory against Napoleon fought in 1805. The square has also been used as a location for events or political demonstrations, and is key destination at times like New Year's Eve.

The northern area of the square consists of a grand staircase leading up to a large pedestrian area and the backdrop of The National Gallery.


If you want to hold an event or film on the north terrace, please visit Westminster Council’s Special Events website at www.westminster.gov.uk/specialevents or call 020 7641 2390. Please note that the rest of the square is managed by the Greater London Authority and you will need to contact them directly for permission.