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Leicester Square

Leicester Square, London, England (Leicester Square / Shaftesbury Avenue)
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Ranked #212 of 852 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Theaters & Stadiums
Activities: Nightlife, Dining, Drinking
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This place is good for buying cheap theatre tickets. It does get quite busy especially when theres a movie premier on. The square now looks so much better since they've done a refurbishment on the fountain.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The revamp of the fountain really has been done well. If you can visit during the day it's well worth a visit and a sit down to relax. It can get very crowded but if you can get a bench around the fountain then it's a nice place for lunch. Beware that late at night they shut of the fountain... More

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The Square is normal but not terribly interesting. The area was crowded and unsavory late at night, perhaps a result of the clubs and casinos nearby. Steer clear at night when the gates go up around the square and the area around it is filled with pickpockets.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Leicester square is an interesting central point in the heart of London. It gets lively when there is the red carpet of launching a new movie by the film stars in front of the famous cinema there or when there are performances by the entertainers . There is China Town at the back side street of the square. Covent Garden... More

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Almancil, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Never a dull moment... Leicester Square is always in movement. If you are fortunate enough to find a quiet corner away from the crowds, just sit back and people watch! You see all walks of life and hear dozens of different languages just in the time it takes to make sure you can cross the street between cars and bikes.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

There was a time when I would have advised people to avoid Leicester Square like the plague as it was a jam-packed tourist trap with little on offer but recent improvements have made a real difference. There is now a pleasant central area where it's nice to sit and watch the world go by. Unless you're going to the cinema,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Go in the evening and have a cocktail (or 2!) and people watch. Young Brits crawl out of the woodwork and let their hair down! Fun strolling through Leicester Square and Piccdilly in the evenings!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

loved it so easy to get around there so much to do the underground is really good value its only a 5er for the day which i found really handy espically because of the amount of travelling i did nice varity of restraunts would definitly go back there

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Tampere, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

A beautiful square located at the West End, so it's near to many cinemas, theatres and restaurants. Always lots of people around, great place to spend some time outdoors.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great location and ideal for rounding off an evening in Leicster Square. Visited on 31st October 2014 and watched Gone Girl which was fantastic. Premium seats in Row A on the balcony which was the best view in the house, expensive at £45 for two though! Popcorn and confections counter is available both on the ground floor for those in... More

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