Feeding Pigeons in Trafalgar Square

Just because you feel like a tourist doing something, doesn’t mean that you should have to miss out on all the fun. Making a trip to Trafalgar Square, while in London, is essential. You could spend ten minutes wandering about, before heading on to the next big attraction, or you could have a little fun.

Make your way over to the wide plaza between Nelson’s Column and the National Gallery, and you will find several men surrounded by birds. The secret to their aviary magic? bread crumbs! These men spend their time providing hand fulls of bread crumbs to the thousands of tourists that pass through daily. They don’t require payment, but after the experience they provide, you will have no problem with thanking them with a small tip.

Let the madness begin. First, the man will place a few crumbs into your own hand, and tell you to extend your arm. The pigeons will come. Next, he will surprise you by sprinkling a shower of carbs over your head, entangling your hair with crust & loaf alike. This time, the pigeons attack.

Three pigeons swoop in from the left, and two from the right. Prickly talons are poking into your scalp, as a couple of large ones start to nest on your head. Suddenly twenty pigeons appear at your feet, hungry for more. Chaos ensues in the flapping of wings and starving-greed of the beady-eyed birds.

Once the experience is all over, you can brush out your hair, and take a step back. or two. Now it’s your turn to watch the same assault take place on another tourist, and this time it’s okay to laugh. Don’t forget to keep your camera ready, or hand it to a friend to catch the feathery-frenzy in action.

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9 Responses to “Feeding Pigeons in Trafalgar Square”

  1. Nomadic Samuel
    July 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Cute pics! I love the ones where the pigeons flapping is motion blurred.

  2. Faith
    July 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    So cute! Makes me think of the pigeon lady in Mary Poppins. I like doing touristy things…I’ve done them in places I’ve lived, too. I figure they become tourist activities for a reason.

  3. crazy sexy fun traveler
    July 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    They almost ate you up 😀

  4. Jack Scott
    July 19, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    Hi there. I love your site, it’s stunning. It’s a real shame but feeding the birds a la Mary Poppins is discouraged these days. Their acidic droppings are damaging the buildings around the square. The breadcrumb sellers are illegal. It’s a sign of the times, unfortunately.

    • Seattle
      July 19, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

      Oh no–I had no idea! Mind you, this took place in 2007; I’m hoping it wasn’t illegal at that time. But I can certainly see why it is discouraged!

  5. Jack Scott
    July 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    You can be forgiven and it looked like you were having a ball.

  6. Sarah
    July 20, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Illegal or not, willingly letting yourself get attacked by pigeons is super badass. Well done!

  7. Bluegreen Kirk
    July 28, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    great photos though the first one reminds me of the movie Birds! Looks like you were being attack. I agree just because you are a tourist doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do some of the things…heck they are just fun!

  8. noor akbar
    February 29, 2016 at 5:33 am #

    very nice photos

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