Of all London’s famous public spaces, Trafalgar Square is easily the most versatile.
Think about it. Covent Garden does the street performance thing (but not gardens), while nearby Leicester Square hosts screaming Twilight fans and the occasional funfair. Southbank takes care of the arty-farty installations and Hyde Park is all about charging you £50 to watch a concert you can’t really hear that well.
But Trafalgar Square laughs in the face of all that.
It’s got opera, plinths, flash mobs and lions you can climb on. Trafalgar Square says “Sod being a one trick pony. I’m a whole field of ponies“. Then it kicks back, lights a cigar and says “Don’t believe me? Watch this” and gets Jesus to re-enact his resurrection live on Good Friday. As you do.
Then the Mall starts looking at the ground, kicking the dirt near its feet and muttering something about there being “no need to show off, where’s your Jubilee concert and the Queen”, but Trafalgar Square isn’t phased.
It’s all, “Oh, yeah? Well, you thought that was good? Just you wait until you see what I’ve got planned for Saturday. It’s better than Jesus”.
And the next thing you know, its gathered another crowd for a 3pm meeting – and they’re all carrying pillows.
Well, what else? This is Trafalgar Square we’re talking about. It’s a pillow fight.
Just so we’re clear – that’s Jesus on Friday, a massive pillow fight on Saturday, and lions you can climb on any day of the week.
Trafalgar Square? There is no doubt about it. When it comes to giving Londoners what they want – you win.