Trafalgar Square and Horse Guards Parade

My next destination after Madame Tussauds was Trafalgar Square. I knew we did not have time to go inside the National Art Gallery and take a look; but it would be a shame to come to London and not going to the Trafalgar Square. So, we got onto the Hop-On Hop-Off tour bus and got down at the Trafalgar Square. The entire area is connected to the Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey via Horse Guard Parade Road. So, we decided to take a walk from the Trafalgar Square to the Westminster Abbey.

I remember hearing about this place for the first time during an interview with Priyanka Chopra. One of her songs with Salman Khan was shot here. So, when we made the plan to come to London, I wanted to see how the place looks and feels like.

“Trafalgar Square  is a public square in the City of Westminster, Central London, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. Its name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars with France and Spain that took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar, Spain.  Nelson’s Column at its centre is guarded by four lion statues. A number of commemorative statues and sculptures occupy the square but the Fourth Plinth, left empty since 1840, has been host to contemporary art since 1999. The square has been used for community gatherings and political demonstrations including Bloody Sunday, the first Aldermaston March, anti-war protests and campaigns against climate change. A Christmas tree has been donated to the square by Norway since 1947 and is erected for twelve days before and after Christmas Day. The square is a centre of annual celebrations on New Year’s Eve.”

After getting down at the bus stop, this is the first sight which greeted me. The walls behind the statue are those of the National Art Gallery.

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Statue in front of the National Art Gallery

As I was walking, I spotted this beautiful street art. 21st of April  coincided with the 90th birthday of the Queen. There were celebrations in various parts of London and Trafalgar Square was nowhere behind.

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Street Art made in honour of Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday

This is a shot of the areas facing the main street with Nelson’s Column in the middle. It was shot from the stairs of the National Art Gallery.

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Trafalgar Square as seen from the Entrance to the National Art Gallery

This is the shot of the Gallery itself from the Fountains. I saw that there were many pennies lying on the bottom of the fountain. Just then, I saw a little child making a wish and throwing a penny in the water. It made me wonder though, whether a fountain can actually make wishes come true? If yes, then we should pray to Fairy God -Fountains more than Fairy God Mother.

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National Art Gallery : Shot taken from the Fountains in Trafalgar Square

Nelson’s column is guarded by four lions , each facing one of the four directions. Due to the strong sunlight, I had almost given the lions a skip; but then I saw the children sitting on the pavement. It gave me a unique frame to capture the face of a lion with the body made by a human chain.

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Lion King Anyone?????

The Gallery has various departments, and the day I visited the Archaeological department was holding an event – Advent of the Digital in Archaeological findings. This gate ‘ Golden Gate’ was built-in the entrance to the event camp. Its arch shaped structure provided a great frame to capture some photographs.

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National Art Gallery View from the Archaeological exhibit

 

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National Art Gallery: A Doorway through the exhibit

 

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National Art Gallery from the Trafalgar Square

After seeing all that we could in the Trafalgar square, we decided to shift towards the Horse Guards Parade. I spotted this beautiful and elegant structure on my way.It looked like a church or a gallery, but unfortunately I did not have the time to research on it and find out what it was. If you know, please drop me a comment below .

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A view of the street from the Trafalgar Square

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View from the farthest end of the Trafalgar Square

On the Horse Guards parade I spotted various different sculptures and memorials. There was also an  Armoury Museum. This shot was taken at the entrance to the museum. Men dressed in cavalry uniforms with horses stood on two ends of the museum. Another man dressed as a soldier used to come out now and then and shout loudly. What attracted me most towards the guards were the signs beside them. “Beware, Horses May Kick or Bite ! Thank You” 😛

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Horse Guards Parade Museum Entrance

This is the photo of the museum itself.

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Horse Guards Parade Museum Entrance

This sculpture has been erected in the middle of the road. It commemorates the contribution of women during the Great War.There are various uniforms which signify the jobs women undertook during the difficult times in order to support their nation.

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Sculpture depicting uniform worn by women for different chores during the WWII

This is the closest I could get to No. 10. But right before coming here, I took a selfie with PM Cameron at Madame Tussauds so no complains 🙂 .

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Downing Street . . . . . . .

This is a really majestic looking building I came across in the street . Its architecture and the intricate details made it a beautiful building to look at.

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Horse Guards Parade

Horse Guards Parade will not fail to impress you. Everything that has ever been the definition of London can be found here- real or virtual. The various tourist shops lining the street stack themselves with little memorable goodies that you can take back home. There are also great restaurants, pubs, hotels, and even Subway and MacDonald to take care of your food. Both ends of this road are marked by famous places Trafalgar Square on one end and Parliament on the other. There are red telephone boxes scattered throughout the street. The Underground is also easily accessible from this road. It is one of the most happening places in London and one cannot give it a miss when visiting this city.

My adventures did not stop here. My next destination was Westminster’s Abbey. I did visit the Parliament and Big Ben but the Abbey holds a special place in my heart. Why? Do come back next week for the answer. . . . 🙂

52 Replies to “Trafalgar Square and Horse Guards Parade”

  1. What an amazing pictures and history. London is always in my wishlist to visit. I hope I can make it soon.
    Specially when I see your pictures here. Thank you for sharing these amazing pictures.
    XOX
    Kintan

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    1. Let me be very honest too, I come from India and we have a President . But UK has a monarch. The royal family is very respected and they take part in many ceremonial occassions throughout the year. different members of the family also visit other states which i suppose can be called as political and cultural exchange of head of state/ extended families / personnels. But i think from a pure political aspect, bills in the Parliament are made laws only with the signature of the Queen/monarch.In that sense the queen still has law-making powers.

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    1. Yes, we spoke the artist for a while. Shes really good and does street arts in different places. She has learnt art in Italy / France (Cant remember now ) but then came to London to try her luck.

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    1. Yes, I did have a great time. I’m planning another visit soon But that would probably be for just a day Cause I particularly want to see the Sealife and the Tower of London (like go inside , I only saw it from outside )

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    1. Oh thats good to know. 🙂 It was really nice to take a walk along that area. so much of history and culture present at the same place. the best was being able to Capture Downing Street 😛

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  2. I have never been fortunate enough to be able to travel to many places. Just mostly New York, Florida & Puerto Rico. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos of your trip, they inspire me to start planning for my much needed adventure!

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  3. I don’t remember when was the last time I walked through that area in London, several years for sure. Next time I should take some time and explore some history as well. Nice street art! It’s great how people take aprt to the Queen’s birthday – on their own way. Nice photos!

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