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Trafalgar Square, Art Museums and Fun Food Shops

Home to famous and lesser-known treasures of the world
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.3 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  This trip focuses in and around Trafalgar Square in central London and includes the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum.... more »

Tips:  Trafalgar Square is accessible to many stops on the London subway system (also called the tube). The closest station is Charing Cross ... more »

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Points of Interest

Known for street artists, protest marches, flash mobs and installation pieces, Trafalgar Square is a great spot to catch your breath and spend some time people watching. There are plenty of cafes surrounding the square if you are feeling peckish (tired) or thirsty.

Due to the crowds it is worthwhile to keep an eye on your bags, for although... More

Seurat, Vermeer, Titian, da Vinci, Van Gogh--the collection at the National Gallery is extensive. It can be daunting to enter, especially at the end of a long day, but the rooms are spacious, have comfortable seats and are not overly crowded.

The National Gallery also hosts a cafe, espresso bar and restaurant. While conveniently located in the... More

To enter London's National Portrait Gallery is to enter England's royal past. From portraits of the first monarchs to the only known image of Shakespeare through the growth of photography, its 160,000-strong collection has something for everyone.

Some museum highlights:

Top (second) floor:
As you enter the museum you will be greeted by a long... More

A lovely little church dating back to at least A.D. 1222, St. Martin-in-the-Fields has regular lunchtime and evening concerts. You may even hear the music drifting out into the street as you walk closer. Tickets range in price, but free seats are often available. Check the website for shows and times. There are usually lunchtime concerts during... More

Gordon's Wine Bar is the oldest wine bar in London and it shows in a wonderful way.

The bar itself is located in the catacomb-like basement of the building with low arching stone ceilings and candle-lit tables. The wine list is extensive and ranges in price. You also can get a glass directly from one of the many oak casks behind the bar.

Be... More

6. Victoria Embankment Gardens

Take a break from the city for a moment and stroll down into the Victoria Embankment Gardens. Like most garden areas in London these are fenced in and closed at night. Inside you will be surrounded by green and sculptures of those who, while not household names outside the United Kingdom, are nonetheless impressive.

In June and July concerts are... More

Just off from Trafalgar Square and the National Portrait Gallery on William IV Street, Terroirs is the perfect spot to grab a glass of wine or an entire meal at the end of the day.

Terroirs boasts an impressive wine list with a wide range of prices and a large selection of biodynamic wines. The restaurant is serious about sourcing food from... More

How does one choose one pub over another when in London? One easy way is to choose those that stand out for interesting selections and decor. The Harp is one of these.

With eight real ales always on the hand-pump taps and many ciders to choose from, the Harp is understandably often crowded in the early evening. In the summer, patrons spill out... More

Just north of Trafalgar Square rests Wyndham's Theater. One of the older West End theaters (or "theatres" in England), the Wyndham's relatively small number of seats and intimate setting make it a wonderful place to catch a show.

Drawing big-name casts from the United Kingdom and United Stats alike, it can be a wonderful spot to spend an... More