Famous for the monument of Nelson’s Column, its beautiful fountains and a constant supply of pigeons Trafalgar Square is now a crucial public events space.
The square is steeped in history and a famous meeting place for Londoners and tourists and over the years has become an important stage for some of the biggest events of the calendar.
One of the highly anticipated occasions of the year is the festival of lights, Diwali, celebrated by Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities across the country. Trafalgar Square will be ablaze with lights at this free event which includes a packed line-up of entertainment with the best contemporary music and dance from community groups hailing from around the capital.
The festival is open to all and is presented by the London Mayor on Sunday, 27th October. Christmas is also celebrated in style with an annual turning on of the lights and carol-singing in Trafalgar Square.
Each year since 1947, a Christmas tree has been generously donated from Norway to the people of London in gratitude for Britain’s support during the Second World War.
Held in the second week of December carol-singers usually provide some festive cheer every evening until Christmas Day raising funds for charity.
The beautiful tree is usually a Norwegian Spruce more than 20 metres high and selected from the forests of Oslo.
Wonderful places to stay to be near the action in central London are the Park Grand London hotels in London Paddington, Hyde Park or Kensington, which are only a tube ride away from Trafalgar Square’s nearest underground station Charing Cross.
All prestigious hotels with sophisticated interiors and friendly staff the hotels feature satellite television, free high speed broadband internet and breakfast included. Situated in the most fashionable areas of London the Park Grand London hotels will provide a welcome break from the day’s hectic activities.