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Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, London, England, SW1

The Basics

Trafalgar Square is one of the best places to take the pulse of life in England’s capital city. While many tourists come here independently, a guide can help enlighten visitors as to the significance of the square’s many monuments and sights as well as draw attention to the splendid surrounding architecture. Trafalgar Square is commonly included on sightseeing tours of the West End and Central London, along with nearby Westminster, where you’ll find Big Ben and the United Kingdom’s Houses of Parliament. You may also encounter Trafalgar Square during guided walking tours, bus tours, and bike tours.

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Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho
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Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho
star-4.5
$74.58 per adult
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FANTASTIC!
Nick was an AMAZING guide! He was so knowledgeable and made sure every person had a great time! The beers were great as well. Perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon
Kathleen_T, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in London

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Around London in Half a Day
Gerald_D, Nov 2021
Best of London in half a Day - Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square
Excellent tour by Lucia. This was my first trip to London and she showed me the major sites in Westminster, Mayfair, and Soho. We ended the tour at O’Neill’s Pub on Carnaby Street where I enjoyed some fish and chips and a beer. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring an umbrella.
star-5
Nice tour
Ben A, Sep 2019
Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho
Nice tour through Covent Garden. Nick was very informative. Food and drinks almost pay for themselves.
star-5
Fun day!
Laura R, Jun 2019
Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho
Our guide was attentive, friendly and full of lots of historical knowledge about the pubs in London, as well as the process of beer making. The only downside is that one of the pubs required that a person be age 21 to enter despite the drinking age being 18. The pub did finally allow my son to enter with the group but it was a bit embarrassing.
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BEER-WINE-BEER
Bennie_M, Jun 2019
Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho
We enjoyed this historical tour of London's West End pubs! It was nice to be able to have a glass of wine instead of beer nice I'm not a beer drinker. Everyone else in our group were beer drinkers and they said they enjoyed the experience of the different brews and the history of the making of beer! Loved all the historical pubs and the tidbits of info that we would not have otherwise learned without our amazing tour guide! Thanks for a fun experience!
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Pub Crawal
, Jul 2018
Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho
Enjoyed the choices of beer. The guide was very informative. Would not recommend if you dont like beer
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Amazing Tour!
Aaron_W, Mar 2019
Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho
The gentleman leading the tour was extremely knowledgeable, personable, and allowed us to really enjoy the tour. The places he took us were not "popular" or "touristy" places, but places that showcased some of the oldest pubs of the area as well as allowed us to sample beers that we otherwise wouldn't have had. Very impressed with the tour!
star-5
Excellent London Pub tour!
Samantha_H, Dec 2018
Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho
Wonderful, knowledgeable guide, fascinating facts about London, pubs, beer and British history. And lovely beer!! Lots more than expected!!
star-5
Great Pubs & Great Company
OnAir13179434719, Jan 2019
Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho
Despite the weather being a little chilly, this was a great tour to sign up for leading into the New Year. The tour size was just right (maxed out at 12 people) and Nick, our guide, was very friendly and adept at both informing us about the pubs and beers we were experiencing, but making us feel like a cohesive group. Highly recommend!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • You’ll find public restrooms at the west end of the square; a small charge applies.

  • Check ahead to see if an event is scheduled. Preparation for big events may result in limited access.

  • The National Gallery offers free Wi-Fi.

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How to Get There

The nearest station to Trafalgar Square is Charing Cross, which is served by the Bakerloo and Northern Underground lines as well as by regular rail. Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District, and Northern lines), Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines), and Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines) stations are all fewer than 10 minutes’ walk away.

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When to Get There

Trafalgar Square is at its liveliest in summer. Lunchtime is particularly good for people-watching as office workers decamp from their desks to eat on the steps in front of the National Gallery. In the run-up to the festive period, a giant Christmas tree—a gift from Norway to the people of Britain—is erected in the center of the square, and carolers belt out festive songs to raise money for charity.

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The Fourth Plinth

Built in 1841, Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth was originally meant to host a statue of King William IV, but because of a lack of funds, it stood empty for more than a century. Until recently, that is, when the mayor of London decided to put the plinth to good use: as a showcase for contemporary artwork. In 2017 the plinth held David Shrigley’sReally Good, a 22-foot (7-meter) bronze thumbs-up.

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