Located at the heart of London, Trafalgar Square is one of the city's most vibrant and treasured open spaces with some of the finest monuments, museums, galleries, parks, cafes and shops in the world.
At the center of Trafalgar Square, towering at 185ft is Nelson's Column with a 17ft statue of Nelson himself to commemorate the victory of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. To the northeast of the square is the Church of St Martin's-in-the-Fields, the official parish church for Buckingham Palace and the first free lending library. To the north of the Square is the National Gallery which houses one of the world's richest collections of paintings.
A short walk from Trafalgar Square is the area known as "West End". It is home to six major theatres including the famed Victoria and Apollo Theatres as well as Society of London Theatre (SOLT).
Nearby Covent Garden has fabulous street shows and shopping. There are stores for every budget from world class designers to simple local markets. This is also the home of the famed National Theatre and Royal Opera House. Free outdoor events are held during the summer, showcasing London's fine multicultural music and dance scenes, and as the center of London's bus network, the storied Square is often the last stop for any great night out on the town.
Or, if you yearn for nature, you can take a leisurely walk and enjoy the greenery of St. James Park and Green Park which surround the Mall which links Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace - the Queen's official residence. One of the most popular attractions held in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace is the official "Changing of the Guard" which takes place every day at 11:30am during the summer months and on alternate days throughout the remainder of year.
So whether it's art, culture, history, shopping or just people-watching that entices you, Trafalgar Square is the epi-center of cosmopolitan London and it is all just mere steps from The Grand.
Click on the links below for a map showing points of interest near the The Grand at Trafalgar Square as well as a list of London attractions.
There are many restaurants and pubs in the area - click on dining for more information or click one of the links below: