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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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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Fashion News: Taste of Fashion Week

Published: 16/09/2010

Mix fashion biz with pleasure at The Trafalgar

Fashion Week inspires a new cocktail list at the gorgeous central London pad The Trafalgar, whose Vista Bar looks over the iconic London Square

During Fashion Week, London’s style mass will enjoy The Trafalgar’s unique view of Nelson while supping bespoke cocktails and desserts.

Each item on the menu is inspired by a key catwalk trend for autumn and winter. There’s the nue lace, paying homage to minimal chic with a smooth blend of Mozart white chocolate liqueur and a kick of Sauza tequila and coffee, and the Pretty Poetess – golden rum stirred over ice with cardamom syrup and Angostura bitters, inspired by the lace look we’re seeing all over the runways.

The hotel is also hosting The Nolcha Fashion Lounge, an amazing free event that anyone can attend this Monday (20 September). Preview independent fashion designers from around the globe, enjoy a relaxing foot rub and freshen up your look at the Gina Conway Aveda Beauty Oasis. You can also discuss trends and body secrets in The Style Clinic with international stylist Gabrielle Teare. Enjoy!

The cocktails are available until the end of September 2010.

For more information

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All Good Things: Stylish Sipping

Published: 01/09/2010

September marks the final countdown to London Fashion Week SS11, and at the Trafalgar Hotel they’re already celebrating, with a new fashion-inspired cocktail menu

That is a perfect way to wind down after a day,whether you’ve been watching the shows at Somerset House or pounding the city streets for the hottest A/W looks. The Taste The Trends cocktail collection is inspired by three key trends for the current season, perfectly designed by the talented bartenders at the slick, sexy Rockwell bar (we love the glossy walnut wood, leather sofas and burlesque-y fringed lampshades). And at just £10, we think they’re a worthwhile, quaffable fashion indulgence!

Nude Lace blends white chocolate liqueur with a touch of coffee and a sexy tequila kick, served over crushed ice for an effect that actually looks not unlike your favourite, decadent nude-hued lace skivvies.

The Pretty Poetess –’s favourite of the three cocktails – is a nod to this season’s bohemian looks: golden rum is flavoured with fresh citrus notes, Angostura bitters and cardamom, which lends it a smoky flavour and a decidedly dreamy, romantic, feel.

And The Girl In The Camel Coat is a warm, smooth tribute to our favourite camel and caramel looks for this autumn: Grand Marnier and chocolate, with another sharp hint of tequila.

And as if you needed any more persuasion – Trafalgar’s chef has designed a perfect asiette of sweet treats to complement the cocktails, featuring chocolate, hazelnut, and coconut flavours…a rich and delicious treat (we recommend sharing).

Taste The Trends will be available at the Rockwell Bar in The Trafalgar Hotel through September. In addition, the hotel will be hosting The Fashion Lounge on Monday, 20th September, with a pop up showroom featuring top independent designers, Aveda beauty bar, and style clinic in the afternoon, followed by a cocktail party at The Rockwell – featuring the Taste The Trends list, as well as designer presentations with live mannequins – in the evening.

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Travel: Best hotels for rooftop views

Published: 20/08/2010
12 Trafalgar Hotel – London

This elegant, boutique hotel allows guests to witness the bustle of Trafalgar Square from a bird’s eye perspective on the rooftop Vista Bar, an oasis of tranquility among the chaos of the capital.

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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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