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Leicester Square

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Address: Leicester Square, London, England
Phone Number: 02074344243
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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Nice square but also very touristy

Nice place to relax on a summer day. There is the statue of William Shakespeare in the centre surrounded by a water feature. Also, there is the TKTS booth where you can by cheap... read more

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Nice place to relax on a summer day. There is the statue of William Shakespeare in the centre surrounded by a water feature. Also, there is the TKTS booth where you can by cheap west end theatre tickets. The square is surrounded by cinemas, theatres and restaurants so there is a lot of local entertainment to keep you busy, not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This really is a beautiful square! It's remarkably peaceful here despite being so close to the busy streets of London.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Some fantastic street acts. We could of spent a lot longer here had we had the time. Lots of shops/bars/resturants to choose from and a buzzing atmosphere

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This should be one of first stop for tourists; a nice square, street entertainers, tourist shops, variety of bars/restaurants for all budgets, cinemas, a Christmas Fair and good night-life too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Leicester Square is the main tourist zone of London. It's always overcrowded! Nice place to be if you are looking for discount tickets for theater and musicals.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Kids first trip to London and we crammed in as much as possible. Had to visit here and stop for a quick lunch.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a big open square, very popular with tourists. The square is mainly known for the cinemas that border it. The small central park section usually hosts something, there will probably be some street performers and there are a few restaurants / bars around the edge. Nothing too exciting really, more of a cut-through when going somewhere else.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An old square with lots of history. Formerly, one of my favorite stops. Unfortunately, currently construction of what appears to be a massive building on the east side of the square is blocking some access, and creating a lot of noise. Hopefully, when the construction is over the square will be better that it is currently, but I would not... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not sure why this is on the tourist trail. I am compelled to walk through here most week-days. The square is soul-less and bordered on most sides by over-priced, poor quality chain restaurants. There is really nothing about this place that I could recommend any tourist visit, so this is my attempt to say. . . avoid like the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The square is a usual starting point for taking a “night in the city”, especially for the crowd of tourists that come here every evening enjoying the atmosphere, watching street performers or looking for cheap theatre tickets.

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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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