Trafalgar Square

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wabat wabat
160 reviews
Centre of Empire and London Feb 10, 2017
Where exactly is the centre of London and indeed is there any such thing?

If one were the try and draw the limits of “London” on a map and somehow managed to establish a geographic centre today, by tomorrow it would have moved.

While the geographical centre of London cannot be defined what is generally agreed upon are various points from which distances from London were and are measured including the Marble Arch, St Paul’s Cathedral, Hicks Hall in Clerkenwell and the doors of St Mary-le-Bow church among others. In Roman times and for some centuries afterwards the London Stone (see separate tip) fulfilled this role.

While the above points have been and indeed still are used as points from which to measure distances the best known and accepted as the main point (perhaps the official unofficial point!) is Eleanor’s or Charing Cross. That said some official documents do refer to Charing Cross when discussing the centre of London. What is not well known is the location of this, in so far as it relates to measuring distances. Most people will automatically think of the Eleanor’s Cross outside Charing Cross Railway Station – my fourth picture and separate tip thereon.

What fewer people realise is that the cross outside Charing Cross station is in fact a “replica” (I will explain more on that term in a separate review on the cross) of the original cross which was located a couple of hundred metres to the west in Trafalgar Square at the point where Whitehall enters the south of the Square.

Specifically the original Eleanor’s Cross ( erected in the 1200s) and thus the point from which distances from London are measured is where the equestrian statute of King Charles I has stood since 1675 looking down Whitehall (to his place of execution!). A few metres back from the statue and easy to miss unless you are looking for it is a plaque (picture three) on the ground which reads:

“On the site now occupied by the statue of King Charles I was erected the original Queen Eleanor's cross a replica of which stands in front of Charing Cross station. Mileages from London are measured from the site of the original cross.”

The chap in my first picture appears to be taking a picture of it!

Given its acceptance as the point from which distances are measured, the statue of Charles I is also now generally accepted as representing the centre point of London – if only for want of general agreement on any other point.
King Charles I - Centre of London
King Charles I - Centre of London
The Centre of London - Plaque
Today's Eleanor's or Charing Cross
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Great piazza Mar 16, 2011
Unlike Italy, I don’t think England is famed for its majestic piazzas. However, I think that Trafalgar Square in London is one of the exceptions to this!

Built to commemorate the country’s naval victory during the Napoleonic wars, Trafalgar Square is a very enjoyable public space to frequent. In the middle stands a statue of Nelson and the area is dotted with some wonderful fountains. More recently, the square is home to a clock which counting down to the 2012 Olympic Games.

I think this is a really nice square to visit, have a wander and just people watch. The area is particularly nice at night too, as the fountains are lit up wonderfully. I remember that the square was famed for the excessive amount of pigeons when I visited it as a child. However, this has now changed and there are definitely more tourists here than travellers! Well worth a visit if you’re in London.
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JulitaBlue JulitaBl…
2 reviews
Trafalgar Square, London Jul 21, 2011
One of the nuclear points in any visit to London, the huge area of the square, with the Nelson column and the lions. On the north side, The National Gallery, one of the best museums in London, on the south Whitehall and the way to the big ben, the houses of parliament, downing street, etc. To the east, The national portrait gallery, St. Martin in fields and the beginning of the Strand, with Charing Cross station (and one of the ways to soho) and to the west The Mall through the Admiralty Arch..

If you're looking for sightseeing, a perfect place to start
Trafalgar Square Nelson's Column
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laranlane laranlane
3 reviews
Best way to spend a summer's eve... Dec 03, 2008
During the summer months, well the ones that aren't as freezing as all the others, make sure that you drop by Trafalgar Square after midnight. It's really cool sitting on the empty steps of the portrait gallery and looking out over the empty square.

Inside tip: No matter how fun it may seem, don't jump in the fountains. You'll spend the trek home freezing your guts out and finding pennies in all sorts of bad places.
wongjst wongjst
40 reviews
Jul 05, 2007
This photo shown the view across the Trafalgar Square from the southeast to the National Gallery. The square itself is a popular place for political demonstrations, located right at the centre of London.
peppertm peppertm
116 reviews
May 07, 2005
Built to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar, this is the site of political demonstrations, big concerts, and is a major tourist attraction. Here, you will find Nelson’s Column and the lion statues that guard it, and a big fountain. It is a big square that is surrounded by three roads and the steps to the National Gallery. It adjoins The Wall via Admirality Arch, and you’ll also find Canada House, Whitehall, and St. Martins in-the-fields church. It is an enormously busy area, and it’s a great place to people-watch.
Nelson's Column
The fountain and lions guarding Ne…

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