This panorama shows Trafalgar Square and Whitehall form Charing Cross, which is actually the small traffic island just south of Trafalgar Square. The picture was taken on a sunny day in early September 2013 and also shows Admiralty House and Nelson's Column. It is a very popular tourist spot in the heart of London.
Trafalgar Square Charing Cross - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Trafalgar Square Charing Cross' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.
Charing Cross lies at the heart of London, forming ground zero from which all road distances to the middle of London are measured. It is also one of the busiest parts of London, for both road traffic and pedestrians, lying close to many of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
Charing Cross is on the southern side of Trafalgar Square, and from here you get a good view of the front of Admiral Nelson on top of Nelson's Column as he looks down Whitehall. Behind him at the northern side of Trafalgar Square are the National Portrait Gallery and St Martin in the Fields Church. Also close by are Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus to the north. To the east lie Charring Cross Station and Covent Garden while to the west, through Admiralty Arch runs The Mall past St Jame's Park to Buckingham Palace. Walking south down Whitehall takes tourists past 10 Downing Street to Parliament Square, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
Historically, this was the location of the hamlet of Charing, which in the 13th century lay on the road between the City of Westminster, which was the home of the monarch, and the City of London. At this time King Edward I erected the Eleanor Cross as a memorial to his wife, Eleanor of Castile. It is from these two things that the name "Charing Cross" is derived. The cross was pulled down in 1647 during the English Civil War by Parliamentarians as it had become a rallying point for Royalists. In 1675, after the war which was won by the Royalists, an equestrian statue of Charles I was placed at Charring Cross, and it still stands there today.
The place has also given it's name to the nearby Charing Cross Railway station and Charing Cross Hospital.
Bus: Trafalgar Square
Tube: Charring Cross (Bakerloo Line, Northern Line)
Rail: Charring Cross, Waterloo Stations