We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Leicester Square

#204 of 2,357 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
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.
read more
Visit Leicester Square like an insider
Special Offer
$40*
and up
The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off
Private Tour
$45*
and up
Private Tour: Black Taxi Tour of London

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 591 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 221
    Excellent
  • 234
    Very good
  • 92
    Average
  • 24
    Poor
  • 20
    Terrible
Cinderella exhibition worth a visit!

My children enjoyed the Cinderella exhibition and its Free! ( for a limited period) Tips: buy your ticket online and in advance from ticketmaster otherwise wait in a long queue... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
benechanta
,
London, United Kingdom
via mobile
London Pass|Includes entry to 60 of London's world-class sites
Tower of London
Tower of London
National Gallery
National Gallery
Churchill War Rooms
Churchill War Room...
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
Buy a Pass
$74*
and up
Add Photo Write a Review

591 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Cologne, Germany
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

this is where the fiml premiers for new movies including all VIP's used to happen (the premier was usually shown at the ODEON). there is a mini winter market at leicester quare with children karussels and some food and sweet stalls on an ice-skating rink. As a londoner I would not go out here for food or bars as it's... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Caloundra, Australia
Top Contributor
352 reviews 352 reviews
144 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

Lots of places to visit, don't bother with the M&M shop, unless you are a chocolate and M&M fanatic. We walked through here, did not really stop as nothing took our eye to stop and look further. Average!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Average place. A little overhyped in my opinion. But you should go there to see the crowds specially on a weekend night

Was this review helpful? Yes
Thessaloniki Region, Greece
Top Contributor
458 reviews 458 reviews
378 attraction reviews
510 helpful votes 510 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Noisy, lively, seems rather infamous, not my favorite. Situated in the very heart of London, you will definitely cross it sooner or later. Lots of restaurants, cafes and bars nearby.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
272 reviews 272 reviews
57 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Leicester Square is a great place but it's basically just a big square surrounded by expensive places to eat and drink and some cinemas. The Empire Cinema at the top of Leicester Square is where a lot of London film premiers are held. Honestly, though it doesn't hold any particular attraction for me as it's normally just a very busy... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

My children enjoyed the Cinderella exhibition and its Free! ( for a limited period) Tips: buy your ticket online and in advance from ticketmaster otherwise wait in a long queue. Your appointment time may be delayed by about 15 minutes as only 20 or so can go in at a time. There is a long wait if you want your... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
York, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
17 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

A hive of activity and there is a brilliant buzz around here. Lots of shops and energy about the place, the M&M's shop is worth a visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
188 reviews 188 reviews
98 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We visited as part of our day out in London and arrived about 6pm, the atmosphere was very good and the fair offered something for everyone, it looked more like a Christmas Village but it was great to walk through and see the attractions and stalls, it was also lit very well, It was well patrolled by Police and the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Really great exhibition, especially as its FREE. No pre-order tickets left, but turn up and queue. They let in 20 people every 5 minutes, so you count the people in the queue and work out the wait. Frocks, a stage coach and original memorabilia. Well worth it.

Was this review helpful? Yes 12
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
283 reviews 283 reviews
113 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Have been a regular visitor to London for years & years and have always found it entertaining & enjoyable. It is always busy, with some of the largest cinemas in the UK. It is most definitely a hub for entertainment, being full of restaurants,bars & clubs. Easy to reach Covent Garden,Picadilly & Trafalgar Square from here. All are a very... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Leicester Square also viewed

 

Been to Leicester Square? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Leicester Square and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Leicester Square staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?

Staying in Soho

Neighborhood Profile
Soho
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.
Explore this neighborhood