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Leicester Square

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Address: Leicester Square, London, England
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Located right in the heart of London's West End, this busy square is within...

Located right in the heart of London's West End, this busy square is within easy walking distance to many of London's top theaters, the café society and nightlife delights of Soho.

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A buzzing place both day and night with a great atmosphere. Lots of restaurants and pubs and lots to see and do.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kelly W
Tamworth, United Kingdom

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A buzzing place both day and night with a great atmosphere. Lots of restaurants and pubs and lots to see and do.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You could find a decent restaurant around here, as well as a Pizza Hut that has free refills on drinks. The movie theater here hosts the big-screen premieres, which is nice to be a part of if you are able to see celebrities there. Shops like M&M and Nickelodeon are present as well. It's worth a walk-through.

Thank Thua L
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Leicester Square is always crowded and although some attempts have recently been made to smarten it up, it's still scruffy, unwelcoming and lacking any element of fun. There also always seems to be a police presence which doesn't inspire confidence in the security situation and it's probably wise to steer clear altogether at night.

Thank Deetee100
Greater London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was well cooked and tasty Food arrived hot even though restaurant was very busy Free condiments

Thank Vanbatsea
Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for a brief walk before our visit to the theatre in Haymarket. Leicester Square was packed on a busy Saturday afternoon and there was a lot going on. There were interesting street performances and a lot of places to eat around the square as well as cinemas and other visitor attractions. It is just part of the wonderful... More 

Thank SergeLourie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very vibrant place, grab a bite to eat and then watch a show. The tube station here is a great place to get tickets.

Thank bigheadxxxx
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right in the heart of theatre land, plenty of ticket booths, street artists, eateries n souvenir shops. Worth a visit.

Thank Magz1
Fareham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Another tourist trap in London which is only worth visiting for cheap theatre tickets. Once you have them, get out and visit somewhere else.

Thank Phil P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The main, actually the only reason to come to Leicester Square is to buy discounted theatre tickets or attend a show at one of the many theatres in the immediate vicinity. The best place to buy tickets is the large booth on the south side of the square - it's professionally run, there's a great selection and they won't try... More 

Thank John B
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always start our day out for central London here, you can walk to all the good places and find some really nice restaurants. China town is round the corner too.

Thank Grace J

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Staying in Soho

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The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighborhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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