Bustling Trafalgar Square is one of London's most visited landmarks, a large public space that's enveloped by sublime Victorian architecture. The lion statues of Nelson's Column stand at its heart, complimented by a series of other commemorative sculptures.
A central location makes Trafalgar Square an easy meeting point and resting place for visitors. Surrounding the square are the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. Various roads connect visitors from Trafalgar Square to London's most famous attractions: The Mall leads southwest to Buckingham Palace, Whitehall runs due south to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, while Charing Cross Road leads to Leicester Square. Piccadilly Circus and the West End theatres are a 10-minute walk to the north.
Trafalgar Square is busy throughout the year and is a very popular photo stop for visitors to London. It's situated besides Charing Cross Underground station.
This site was a popular landmark since the 13th century, when it originally contained the King's Mews. It was redeveloped in the 19th century and renamed as Trafalgar Square, in recognition of Britain's victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Trafalgar. Horatio Nelson commanded the British navy during the battle and his statue is found above the sculpted lions in the centre of the square.