Some call it the heart of the city: people -- and pigeons-- flock to this square which is part shabby, part regal, and definitely a must-see in London. Trafalgar Square was built in the 1830's to commemorate Admiral Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar; his statue tops a 185-ft. column in the square, above. Around the base of the column are four giant bronze lions.
To one side of the Square is the National Gallery, which has a vast art collection including many fine works by Turner. As with other of London's great museums, The National Gallery makes it easy for families to visit. Visitors will find kid-friendly features such as "Family Sundays" with storytelling and art workshops; "family trails" to follow through the museum (printed, or audio); facilities (for baby changing etc.); holiday workshops and more. Check the web site for the latest updates. Plus, the National Gallery is FREE, like so many of London's top museums.
Also very near to Trafalgar Square is the church of St. Martin's in the Field, known to classical music lovers as the site of many recorded concerts. Free lunchtime concerts are offered regularly. Perhaps one parent can partake of art in the gallery or music at St. Martin's, while the other watches pigeons with the kiddies outside?
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