The national portrait gallery

The National Portrait Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world.

Just a short walk from The Trafalgar, the Gallery aims to bring history to life through its display, exhibition, research, learning, outreach, publishing and digital programmes. These allow them to stimulate debate and to address questions of biography, diversity and fame which lie at the heart of issues of identity and achievement.

What’s On: The Road to 2012

The National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project is a three year collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery and BT, the official communications services partner for London 2012. It will create 100 world-class photographic portraits celebrating both high-profile people and those working behind the scenes who collectively are making the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics happen. The Project tracks the preparation and implementation stages of the Games, with the theme for portraits over the next three years being ‘bid and delivery’, ‘staging’, and ‘legacy’.

Showing until 5 November 2009 | Main Hall
St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7306 0055

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Seven dials, covent garden

Nestled between Covent Garden and Soho is Seven Dials, an area steeped in rich history and offering a truly village-like atmosphere.

The area’s unique street layout, navigating around the Seven Dials Sun Pillar, takes shoppers on a journey through urban flagship stores, fashion boutiques, beauty emporiums, award-winning salons, stylish hotels, theatres, well-known restaurants, as well as numerous cafés and bars.

Seven Dials is a seven day shopping and leisure destination offering an experience, which is miles away from the mayhem of the high street but right on the door-step of the West End.

Get 10% off at over 75 stores in the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden when you book the Secret London Package

Stay at The Trafalgar and enjoy some retail therapy in Covent Garden.Take advantage of discounted purchases with a Seven Dials Privilege Card that comes exclusively with The Trafalgar’s Secret London Package.

Shops include American Apparel, Benefit Diesel, Fenchurch, Firetrap, Kitchen Italia, MAC Cosmetics, Mimco, Miss Sixty, Mon Plaisir, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Office, Orla Kiely, Pepe Jeans, Poste Mistress, Shu Uemura, Tatty Devine and Urban Outfitters. Available when you book the Secret London Package at The Trafalgar

37 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9DD
T: +44 (0)20 7240 9274

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Trafalgar Square

Lord nelson, britain’s greatest military hero and the mighty lions that surround him, are a testament to the position of Trafalgar Square at the heart of the capital, the heart of the nation, and at one time, the heart of an empire that controlled three-fifths of the world.

Yet, though it is dominated by these imperial symbols and by the magnificent victorian edifice of the national gallery, the square is no relic of a bygone age. Instead of statues of military heroes, the plinths are now used for exciting and controversial modern art, the first of which was mark quinn’s nude statue of armless alison lapper. Fantastic, free outdoor events are held here, highlighting the best of london’s multicultural music and dance scene. the square also acts as the traditional end point for protest marches and is a key rallying point for british counterculture. It is often the final stage in any night out in London.

In all these ways, trafalgar square has retained its status as the heart of london, and one of every londoner’s most treasured spots.

London Fashion Week

Ah yes London Fashion Week, a time when fashion editors and front row personalities come together for the love of the catwalk and new inspirations for the coming season. In celebration of London Fashion Week, join us in September for a month dedicated to the trends, Trafalgar Style. We’ve launched a fashion-led menu of cocktails and desserts paying homage to this Autumn’s, biggest fashion staples. Plus, we’ve teamed up with Nolcha – a leading business platform for independent designers to host the Fashion Lounge and Cocktail Party. With cocktails on offer such as ‘The Girl In the Camel Coat’ and an evening of sexy live Mannequins, you won’t want to miss it.

What’s On:
The Nolcha Fashion Lounge

20.09.10 | Open 12:30 – 16:00
In association with Nolcha and Aveda | FREE Admission

Visit Lower Rockwell for the Fashion Lounge and preview global independent collections for a look at what’s hot for Spring/Summer 2011. Sample our delicious selection of canapés and cocktails whilst being pampered at the Aveda Beauty Oasis with complimentary treatments. There will also be the opportunity to discuss all things fashion in the Style Clinic with leading international stylist Gabrielle Teare.

Fashion Cocktail Party
20.09.10 | Open 18:00 – late

In association with Nolcha | FREE Admission

In Upper Rockwell, Our highly anticipated fashion-led Cocktail party takes place from 6pm onwards. Come and try our limited edition cocktails and dessert from our new Taste The Trends Menu. There will also be a dynamic fashion presentation by Nolcha featuring the collections of independent designer on live mannequins. Arrive early to witness the interactive window display.

Bars and Pubs: Rooftop drinking

Published: 11/08/2010

Let Time Out steer you upwards towards the finest places in London for enjoying cocktails in the clouds.

Vista The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, SW1A 2TS (7870 2900/

The rooftop bar in The Trafalgar hotel has been spruced up and rebranded as the much more appropriate-sounding Vista. Central London views don’t come more impressive – Nelson’s Column spears the skyline ahead, and you can see the London Eye and the Palace of Westminster Clocktower. Like the view to the street below, prices are rather steep

Cocktails start at £10, and the bar is open Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 11pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 10pm. Note that there is a £5 cover charge. The bar is also available for private hire – for more information visit

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Taste the trend

In celebration of London Fashion Week, we dedicated the month of September to fashion with a limited edition cocktail list entitled Taste The Trend.

Featuring A fashion-led mix of drinks and a delectable dessert that paid homage to this season’s biggest trends, available exclusively in Upper Rockwell, our award-winning bar.

Taking inspiration from the key looks straight off the Autumn/Winter Catwalk, we included ‘Nude Lace’; a play on the sexy allure of the romantic lace trend. This cocktail seduces with a smooth blend of creamy Mozart white chocolate liqueur with a devilishly decadent kick of Sauza tequila and the suggestion of coffee to finish. ‘Pretty Poetess’ is strong, classic and sensual, this cocktail is all woman – with a hint of bohemian, (a big trend for this season). Golden rum is stirred over ice with a hint of warming spice from our own green cardamom syrup and a slight herbaceous character from Angostura bitters.

They say Camel is the new black for this season so we lovingly created ‘The Girl in the Camel Coat’ – a wonderfully warming cocktail. Grand Marnier is used to deliver a citrus compliment to the chocolate dusting on this little sipper. A sweet nature but a hidden tequila temper.

Not forgetting dessert, our head chef Stirling Web, came up trumps with his special ‘Autumn Winter Assiette’, inspired by the muted colours for Autumn/Winter like the minimalist pieces of Aquascutum and Celine. This chic trio of chocolate, hazelnut and coconut desserts combined luxurious flavours with subtle textures and shapes, for a taste that is so on-trend. Spring/Summer 2011 editions are coming soon.

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Fashion lounge debuts at the trafalgar

On the 20th of September 2010, We joined forces with Nolcha – a leading business platform for independent designers to bring the first ever London Fashion Lounge.

Showcasing their latest collections were British brands Sado, Eva Evanovich, Hetty Rose, Tammam, Fifi Bijoux and Segreto London who were joined by international newcomers Vivienne Pash, M Brulee, Peoples Pride, Narcisse, Gunas, Maison di Prima and Ana Guiterrez fusing influences from USA, Russia, India and Costa Rica.

Deb Pokallus, Bel Esprit Showroom owner, stated: “The London Fashion Lounge made a fabulous debut at the Trafalgar Hotel. The talented and creative designers showing their collections, along with the wonderful amenities provided by the hotel and Gina Conway Aveda made the Fashion Lounge a “must-see” event during London Fashion Week, and brought an impressive roster of industry editors, buyers and press to meet with the designers. The model presentation during the after party was well-received with a huge crowd snapping photos with cameras and phones. I’m looking forward to working on the next edition!”

Guests indulged in mini pampering sessions at The Aveda Beauty Oasis during the hectic London Fashion Week schedule providing manicures and massages. Our limited edition Taste the Trend cocktails were a hit amongst guests adding to the chilled and initiate scene allowing easy networking and brand previews. The event concluded with a cocktail party showcasing the collections to additional guests via model presentations.

The participating designers were celebrated throughout October with a cutting edge installation in our windows, introducing these rising fashion brands to consumers. The digital window signage invites consumers to interact and learn about the independent fashion brands dressing the mannequins.

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What’s On

Theatre breaks at the Trafalgar

Theatre breaks at the Trafalgar
Just 7 minutes away from theatreland, you can now book tickets to West End shows and enjoy a memorable stay at the Trafalgar hotel.

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