London has long been a Mecca for writers and literature fans and the area surrounding Trafalgar Square is of interest to many for its rich history as an inspiration point and place of focus for writers from around the world.
Here’s our essential writer’s guide to Trafalgar Square, ideal for helping you plan your trip while taking advantage of the Piccadilly London West End special offers. These tips are sure to make our stay at our hotels in West End London even more inspirational and enlightening.
Take a Literary Tour
Walking tours are popular in many major cities around the globe, and London is certainly no exception. The 90-minute Readers and Writers Walk begins outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square and takes in the sights and sounds of London’s literary past and it’s many stories and characters. Take a trip through time and visit some of the most iconic places in London where great writers of the past found inspiration and penned some of their best work. If you’re an aspiring writer or an author looking to learn more about your favourite writers, a literary tour is a must during your stay at our hotels in West End London.
Have a Conversation with Oscar Wilde
In Adelaide Street nearby Trafalgar Square sits the outdoor sculpture A Conversation with Oscar Wilde, created as a memorial to the famed author and wit. Oscar Wilde was renowned as one of London’s most popular playwrights in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The sculpture was created by artist Maggi Hambling and is cast in bronze and granite, featuring the famous Wilde quote, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Browse a Local Bookshop
It should come as no surprise that Trafalgar Square and the surrounding area is home to a few bookshops, ideal for browsing or gaining some inspiration for your next masterwork! Head to the enormous local Waterstones to search through the classics before creating your own, or make a short journey to Charing Cross Road to truly add to your bookshelves! Whether you’re looking for the latest releases or a rare addition to your vintage collection, there are plenty of hidden gems to find in the bookshops of London.
Check out Charing Cross
There is a vast selection of bookshops of all varieties, including those specialising in rare and second-hand finds at nearby Charing Cross, just a short minute’s walk from Trafalgar Square. Local favourites include rare book specialists Henry Pordes, where you might just find an incredible first edition, and quaint second-hand bookstore Quinto Books who stock a large variety of unique finds.
There’s also plenty to be found at the flagship branch of Foyles, billed as London’s most famous bookshop. Choose from the vast selection of fiction and non-fiction for all ages, and then head to the in-house café to begin work on your own big literary hit.