Outdoor Activity / Square
Info Trafalgar Square is a large public space and tourist attraction in central London. The square is rich in history, with its name commemorating the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars over France. At the center of the Square is Nelson's Column, guarded by four lion statues. Other statues ... more
London, WC2N 5DN
Party Earth Review The one-time abode of the Prince of Wales – and a former transient hangout until a major cleanup in the early 90s – Leicester Square is now considered the heart of London’s entertainment district and a buzzing hub for theatergoers, tourists, and raucous street performers. Home to some of the largest cineplexes in the city ... more
London WC2H 7
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"My Take: Full disclosure: I love jetsetting, but I tend to feel guilty about my consequently catastrophic carbon footprint. Enter Eurostar. Carbon-ne ..." more
St Pancras International Station
London, N1C 4QP
Party Earth Review A world famous traffic circle built in 1819 to connect Regent Street to Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus is a commercial thoroughfare that was once home to some of London’s most fashionable stores. Although its namesake street has become quieter in the years since, the area remains an international draw, attracting wide-eyed ... more
At the intersection of Piccadilly and Regent Street
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Like many of its European counterparts, plazas and squares in London are the centerpiece of multiple areas where people come to congregate, protest, meet-up, and start their day or night.
The plazas in London serve multiple purposes in the city. They are of course a natural place to meet up with friends. They typically are in the center of bustling areas filled with great restaurants, shops, and places to drink. And ultimately, they can provide for a bit of sanity in a hectic city.
The most well-known London plaza is the famous Piccadilly Circus. Built in 1819, and located in the center of the city, Piccadilly draws in thousands of locals and tourists every day as it’s surrounded by theaters, bars, restaurants, cafés, shopping centers, and more.
Other known London plazas include Leicester Square, which is the heart of London’s entertainment district chockfull of great West End theaters and Cineplex’s, or Trafalgar Square which is the focal point for big celebrations like New Year’s Eve, VE Day, and London’s massive Christmas tree lighting.
The big plazas and squares may be filled with tourists, theatergoers, and drunken pub crawlers, but they’re also emblematic of London’s long and distinguished history, as each area features a statue or commemoration of some kind marking the city’s storied past.