From Bloody Sunday, when Irish nationalists fought for Irish home rule in 1887, to recent student protests against hikes in university tuition fees, Trafalgar Square is a space where the public is heard.
But the Square’s origins lie in celebration, as when the British navy proclaimed victory in the Battle of Trafalgar during the Napoleonic Wars. Today it is most popular on New Year’s Eve and at Christmas when a giant Norwegian spruce tree makes the square seem cozy.
Even if there is no public event, it’s great fun to stop in the Square and people watch. Take note of the fourth plinth in the northeast corner by the National Gallery where rotating art works are displayed.