5 Things You Can Do Around Charing Cross

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The area surrounding Charing Cross offers plenty of great sights and things to do – and in a city filled with local attractions, you’ll find lots to enjoy within easy reach of the neighbourhood. Here’s our pick of the top 5 activities which you can look forward to during your trip.

Visit Trafalgar Square

Not far from Charing Cross, you’ll find one of the city’s most famous spots, Trafalgar Square. Home to everything from the monument to naval commander and military hero Lord Nelson, Nelson’s Column, to astonishingly opulent golden lion statues, the square is also a regular meeting place for demonstrations and cultural events in London. While you’re staying at 5 star hotels in London a trip here should definitely make your must-see list.

See St James’ Park

London has plenty of astonishing green spaces which are ideal for enjoying during the summer months, but if you’re staying near Charing Cross, then a trip to St James’ Park is the easiest way to enjoy one of the very best. Having started life as marshland, it was transformed into a deer park by King Henry VIII and became a public park during the 19th century following extensive landscaping and redevelopment.

There is a lake which welcomes ample local wildlife, and events take place here throughout the year, including live music. During your trip to the Montcalm Hotel, this is a great place to relax and unwind.

Head for the Cabinet War Rooms

Not far from Charing Cross, you’ll find one of London’s most intriguing tourist attractions, which harks back to a difficult time in European history but nonetheless showcases the resilience of both the city and the UK as a whole. Once a storage space, in 1938 the Cabinet War Rooms were developed to provide a hub for military command under the leadership of Winston Churchill during WW11. The space was subsequently abandoned and remained untouched for many years, before being converted into a museum in the 1980s.

See a show at the National Theatre

London’s theatre scene is world-renowned, and while you stay at spa hotels in London, a visit to the National Theatre provides a welcome glimpse of how the theatre works, as well as giving you a chance to see some great shows for yourself during your visit.

Visit the London Transport Museum

Opened in 1980, the London Transport Museum focuses on the city’s busy, thriving transport system. There’s lots to see here, including real vehicles from the city’s past and present, and exhibitions which help bring the construction and development of London transport to vivid life for all ages. For anyone interested in engineering or getting to grips with a key part of London life, this is a great place to start. Younger visitors will also enjoy the chance to explore a real traditional London bus, helping make this a great day out for all the family.