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Leicester Square

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Address: Leicester Square, London, England
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Nightlife, Dining, Drinking
Description: Located right in the heart of London's West End, this busy square is...
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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This is a vibrant area to visit night or day. We had a look at the tickets booth here but some of the tickets were more than face value so we didn't bother queuing There is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is the place to buy discounted Theatre tickets and wach the street performers. It was very crowded when we were there so we did not spend much time standing around as it looked like a prime area for pick pocketers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a vibrant area to visit night or day. We had a look at the tickets booth here but some of the tickets were more than face value so we didn't bother queuing There is a good buzz about the area in general.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I live just outside of London and visit on a number of occasions during the year. Leicester Square for me is touristy, tacky, dirty and full of tourist type shops selling the usual tat. OK if you want to queue for cheap theatre tickets but other than that not worth the hike.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The nickname of the Leicester square is "theaterland", since it is full of theatres and cinemas around the area, as well as bars, restaurants and shops. I went there to see the Book of Moron and in another time to visit Piccadilly Circus and its surroundings. The Leicester square has statues from famous British people on the corners of the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Leicester Square remains one of my favorite places to visit in London. From Theater to Shopping to Eating to Bars, the area really has it all. Day or Night, the area is always alive, particularly at night. If you want a gorgeous stroll in the evening, look no further.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Get your discounted theatre tickets. Visit the M&M shop. Yes, it's touristy but the chocolate in those M&Ms is better than the super sugary chocolate M&Ms in the USA. Wander down the streets off of the square for some unique shopping. Walk a few blocks down to Fortrum & Mason. Go to a movie at the Odeon right on the... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Like Covent gardens, lots of street entertainers, lots of eating places and great cinemas for something different from what you expect in london

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Leicester Square is a must do in London. It has so much to do in such a small area that you will be entertained for a few hours. with M and M world, Ripley's and loads of restaurants you wont be short of anything to do. if you have the chance to see it at night then please do. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

There are lots of cinemas on Leicester Square and there are restaurants as well. Even if you don't make use of these there is still lots to see in Leicester Square. There are preachers, musicians, comedians and artists all out to impress you so if you get the opportunity visit this vibrant location.

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

wonderful place to visit lots of theatres and an amazing M&M store lovely just to walk about and take in everything

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Address: Leicester Square, London, England
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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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