The Strand area, London Location map
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  Photograph of Trafalgar Square, London, England   Strand area.

At the western end of the Strand is Trafalgar Square with Nelson's Column at its centre and surrounded by fountains. The name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars.

Trafalgar Square ranks as the fourth most popular tourist attraction on Earth with more than fifteen million visitors a year and I think that most of them were there when we visited.


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  Photograph of the Strand, London, England   Strand area.

The Strand runs eastward from Trafalgar Square and this view along the Strand shows St. Mary-le-Strand Church with the spire of St. Clement Danes Church beyond it in the distance. Both of these churches stand in the middle of the Strand with traffic flowing either side.



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  Photograph of Somerset House, Strand, London, England   Strand area.

Near to St. Mary-le-Strand is Somerset House; an imposing neo-classical building between the Strand and the River Thames. During summer months 55 fountains dance in the courtyard.

Building started in 1776 and wasn't finished until 1801 and has been used by various government departments until recently. It is now described as 'An inspiring space for art, culture and creative exchange' whatever that is.


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  Photograph of the Temple Bar Monument, Strand, London, England   The Strand area.

The Temple Bar Monument marks the boundary between the cities of London and Westminster.

There used to be a stone gateway here which eventually became an impediment to traffic and so was moved to a new location. It can now be seen next to St. Paul's Cathedral where it forms an entrance to Paternoster Square.


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