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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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Lots to see and do (and shop)

Interesting even if you're just into people-watching. Even better if you like to duck in and out of shops and restaurants. Easy walk from the castle, Piccadilly etc. and right on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Interesting even if you're just into people-watching. Even better if you like to duck in and out of shops and restaurants. Easy walk from the castle, Piccadilly etc. and right on the tube line for in and out travel.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Jam-packed with crowds and souvenir shops. Like Times Square. Not a lot of culture; just a lot of glitz.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very busy especially at the weekend, plenty of tourists coming to see all the pubs and restaurants bars and clubs and theaters etc. There's also a very novel M & M store where you can find several things for the kids. There are also several souvenir shops where you can get lots of gift items if need be.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Quite simply littered with play houses and theatres with plays and shows for everyone. Great nightlife also

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I go there again and again every time I visit London. The atmosphere is just something else ( I live in a quiet countryside, where every day is just the same) There is always something to do there. You can go to restaurants/cinema etc. Plus China Town is a few minutes away.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If there's one place in London that had me going back to visit it over and over, it was Leicester Sqaure. This place is booming with energy, be it night or day. It plays host to multiple restuarants, cafes and theatres and is active with so many people. Little nooks for parks, and stone paved paths, give this square its... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

We always visit the square when in London as the atmosphere is normally great. As it was cold and raining it was just people rushing to stay dry. There's a temporary building in the middle of the park which spoils it a little. Still enjoy our visit to the m&m shop though!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

Leicester Square is a very busy and popular area. There are many restaurants and pubs along with the cinema for movie premieres and M&M world if that's what your in to. Within walking distance to covent garden.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

When I went here in October 2014 I thought it was the bestest place I've ever been at night! There where lots of buskers who where doing good acts and things and an M&M's world but I didn't Viet there. I did go to The Moon Under Water thought which was A++

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I was there during Sunday night. The street was unbelievably crowded with people who enjoyed their food drinks and street artists. There is also a cinema. So this is a great place to go out. The ambience is very nice and positive.

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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.
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