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Leicester Square

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Address: Leicester Square, London, England
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+44 20 7434 4243
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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Great atmosphere day or night

Plenty going on here day or night. Lots of varied street acts to see. Plenty of bars, shops and restaurants. For discounted theatre tickets visit the ticket office in the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Apart from when there is a film premier on, the square is just a really drab area. With so many other squares in London with really interesting things to look at and with better history to them, it is a pity that so many people come to this square. Just because it is famous does not make it 'good'

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Plenty going on here day or night. Lots of varied street acts to see. Plenty of bars, shops and restaurants. For discounted theatre tickets visit the ticket office in the middle of leicester square. They have reduced on the day or advanced tickets available for most west end shows. Easy to find, the queue gives it away !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great place to see at night....lots to see shops restaurants and bars..la scala Italian restaurant around the corner is very authentic and a must see

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What a lovely experience Leicester Square is. Great street artists. From singers to rappers to comedy around every corner. Well worth a walk around. Plenty of bars and restaurants A must see experience when in London

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After a visit to the theatre we enjoyed a stroll through Leicester Square. Lots to see and do, plenty of varied places to stop for a drink, meal or take in a visit to a casino or film. New Lego store during the day is worth a visit, lots of other shops to browse in.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of London's most famous squares, right in the center of London. It's the Times Square of London, overcrowded with people- and for the holidays. Only three stops from Waterloo station on the northern line, Leicester square is a bustling area with oodles to do. A square with a garden in the middle and little water spouts surrounding the statue... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Called after the Xmas break and a lot of disruption and building work taking place. Nothing spectacular won't be in a rush to revisit as it was looking a bit tatty.

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Solna, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So very nice and christmaslike when we visited it and we will probably be back around christmas in 2017.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can't visit London and not pass by Leicester square, it's always vibrant and busy. The Christmas market was there when we went so that was a bonus as it was a nice thing to experience as well. Lots of stands selling food or different items and souvenirs. You can spend as little or as much time as you want... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found it a bit odd to see all the Christmas stuff here still especially as everything was full priced still. The queue for Lego world was massive but walked straight in to M and m for a look round. Plenty of choices for eating places and entertainment. Keep your wits about you though as we saw several youths get arrested... More 

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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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