Squares have been a key feature of London for centuries, providing the space for major events throughout the city and also showcasing some fascinating architecture. Squares in the city vary drastically in both size and scope, with some known as garden squares and offering a more relaxed, countryside-feel, whilst others include communal gardens and major monuments from the city’s history.
The first squares in London were largely designed to be private gardens for homes and housing complexes, before the definition expanded to provide space for all. If you’re in the mood to explore some of the city’s favourite squares this October, here’s a closer look at what you can expect…
There are no major events scheduled for October 2019 in Trafalgar Square as key autumn/winter events such as turning on the famous London Christmas lights don’t start until November. However, its still worth a visit for anyone eager to discover more of the area’s history and culture while staying at hotels near Marble Arch.
Here you’ll find an array of stunning architecture, including Nelson’s Column, which was built to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Standing at five metres high, its arguably the most significant centrepiece of Trafalgar Square, and makes for great photo fodder if you’re in the local area!
Additional sights to explore in October include the Trafalgar Square fountains, which were added in 1845 and feature images of mermaids and dolphins. You’ll also find the smallest police box in history in the south-east corner of Trafalgar Square, and the enormous bronze Trafalgar Square lions which guard the area.
This particular square is often used for protests and demonstrations, making it an active and ever-changing place to head for during your trip to London.
A green and pleasant oasis in London’s affluent district of Mayfair, Berkeley Square has many key areas surrounding it including a number of lavish homes, embassies and shopping spaces.
The square is popular with visitors and locals seeking a retreat for a relaxed lunch break, and is close to some of the other major parks and squares in the city, as well as a number of shopping districts. Key areas reachable from here include Hyde Park, Bond Street and Piccadilly Circus.
October is the perfect time to visit while you enjoy the latest London hotel deals, as the PAD London Art + Design Fair is returning for 2019.
Here you can see a wide range of stunning artworks and design pieces in the heart of Berkeley Square, covering everything from jewellery design to modern works. The fair encompasses pieces from 69 prominent galleries all over the world, and you’ll be able to discover some true museum-grade items on your trip.
Contemporary design is set to be a major feature for this October, as well as collectable jewellery from major independent designers. Some of the globe’s foremost art buyers flock to this event, so if you’re in London this month there’s no reason you can’t join them and soak up the creative atmosphere.
St James’s Square
Noted for its elegance, St James’ Square is surrounded by fine examples of Georgian architecture, and you’ll find lots of information about the many famed former residents of this district by simply looking around.
Its also a great time for those eager to indulge in retail therapy to head for St James’ Square, as the Vibe Market will be taking place on 12th-13th October 2019 for a weekend of shopping! The market includes a wide variety of items including everything from crafts to gifts and food. You might even be able to pick up some truly unique gifts or a few mementos of your stay enjoying London hotel offers.
One of the city’s most vibrant squares, Leicester Square always offers plenty to see and do while you stay at a spa in London! Leicester Square is particularly famous for its theatre district, which has entertained visitors for centuries.
Some of the key venues to look out for include The Prince of Wales Theatre, the Savoy Theatre and the Adelphi Theatre, as well as The Odeon Leicester Square, which showcases some of the best new releases.
The most significant event taking place this month is the BFI London Film Festival 2019, set to be hosted here between the 2nd – 13th October 2019. For film fans, this is a major highlight in the cinematic calender, and it’ll be the 63rd time that its taken place in Leicester Square and neighbouring Piccadilly Circus.
There will be lots happening throughout the dates of the festival, including cinema screenings, red carpet premieres and much more – ensuring anyone with a love of cinema is sure to want to flock to Leicester Square this October.
Noted as a popular sunbathing spot during the summer months, by October the changes for sunbathing may be over, but that doesn’t mean that Soho Square has lost its appeal! Soho itself is one of the trendiest areas in the city, with ample opportunities to head for a rooftop bar or enjoy some local shopping.
There’s also a bustling nightlife scene in the surrounding area, so if you’re in the mood for listening to live music, then you’re in the right place.
Situated in the affluent and peaceful district of Kensington and Chelsea, Sloane Square is always noted for its shopping opportunities, which can be enjoyed all year round. It is also a notable spot for its support of the arts, and October sees a live theatre production at the Royal Court Theatre which is sure to appeal to anyone with similar interests.
On Bear Ridge will play from 24th October – 23rd November 2019, and tells the story of a village which has been long forgotten, and two characters reminiscing about their past. Its a suitably contemplative piece which has been winning rave advance reviews, and will be offering both evening performances and weekend matinees.