"Trafalgar Square" Sightseeing Tip by rickyvilla81

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by rickyvilla81

Favorite thing: Let's start our tour at Trafalgar Square!<br>
Named for the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, the last victory - albeit one in which he died - for Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson, who you can see on top of the large Column in the centre of the Square. around the column are four bronze lions, which will get up and dance if Big Ben strikes thirteen, allegedly. there are also four plaques depicting the four great naval victories of Nelson against Napoleon - Copenhagen, The Nile, one in the Caribbean and Trafalgar. These plaques were made from melted down French cannons after Waterloo. Ah, the spoils of war!<br>
Before it was laid out in the 1840s, the Square was once where the Royal Stables, and the Canadian high Commission now stands where once stood a place actually called Horseshit Yard.<br>
Also in the Square are thousands of pigeons, although Mayor Ken has recently banned the feeding of these creatures. He has also finally started work on the pedestrianisation of the North Side, in front of the National Gallery, which has for years been where Londoners catch their night buses at 3am...

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  • Written Mar 5, 2003
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