London is celebrated for its countless points of interest, many of which are surrounded by squares that have become tourist attractions in their own right. The five that we've picked out below are all accessible by Tube stations that share the same name, so it's very easy to pay a visit and make some memories.
The home of Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square was opened in 1844 to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar, which saw a British victory during the Napoleonic Wars in 1805. The four bronze lion statues at the base of the column were added in 1867, guarding the structure that measures 169 feet and 3 inches high. The area hosts the National Gallery and St Martin-in the-Field church, giving off a quintessentially London atmosphere.
This historic area was originally laid out in 1670 as a residential area for royalty and celebrities of the day. Following centuries of natural development, Leicester Square received major remodelling in time for the 2012 Olympics. A beautiful, leafy space, it's also the home of nationally important cinemas, including the Odeon and Empire, where many movie stars attend premieres.
Located at the northwest end of the House of Commons, Parliament Square is a large open area that's perfect for relaxing and taking a few snaps. Laid out in 1868, today it's still dominated by Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and numerous historical buildings. It's also just two minutes' walk from St James' Park and Westminster Bridge, offering great views everywhere you turn.
The best-known part of Covent Garden is surely the old fruit and veg market in the central square, which was transformed in 1980 into the perfect place to grab a bite to eat, do some shopping and catch an entertainer or two. Also a hub for culture and heritage, you'll find the Royal Opera House and London Transport on its doorstep. If you fancy a tipple and some hearty grub, the Covent Garden area contains over sixty pubs and bars.
Opened in 1819 (minus the huge TV screens), Piccadilly Circus is a bustling road junction that is popular with tourists. Very close to the Shaftesbury Avenue theatres, the West End and major retail districts, the statue of Eros guards the area from atop the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain. Everything is lit up at night by the video displays, especially the Coca-Cola sign, which has had a presence in various formats since 1954.
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