Leicester Square
Leicester Square
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Whether it's film, theatre, food or family favourites, Leicester Square exists to excite your senses. Located in the heart of London's West End, the square is within easy walking distance from Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Soho and Covent Garden. Surrounded by restaurants, cinemas and theatres, Leicester Square is a green and clean part of the West End.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area

Neighborhood: Leicester Square / Shaftesbury Avenue
How to get there
  • Leicester Square • 3 min walk
  • Piccadilly Circus • 4 min walk
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  • CarloHelmond
    Helmond, The Netherlands665 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice little park with some statues
    Leicester square park is a nice little park with some statues e.g. Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, mr Bean. a nice place for a little stroll while drinking a coffee
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • AprilForbes
    Salisbury, United Kingdom1,300 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Revisiting old haunts 🤩
    It is great to visit Leicester Square and see the lovely statues. I took photos of what I'm interested in. I always get freaked out, but there were some street artists. Altogether a good experience for my friend and I.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Anna W
    Bolsover, United Kingdom754 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit
    What I loved about our visit today was the fun atmosphere. Plenty of low walls to sit on in the shade and a lovely little green park with famous movie star statues dotted around. Lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and fast food places.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 21, 2023
  • hilaryandray
    Olney, United Kingdom112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Afternoon tea in the Square
    An iconic square famous for the cinema which is often used for premieres and which has bronze statues of screen stars placed in and around the grassed central area. We had afternoon tea at Mr Whites next door to the cinema which for central London was very reasonable. We did a walk around China town and went down to Trafalgar Square only a short distance away.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Paul P
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plenty to view
    Leicester Square is one of London's main hubs for everything in entertainment, shopping and eating out with places like the new 2 floor Lego store, the Odeon cineplex, the M&M store and Prince Charles Cinema, it also has many places to grab some lunch from Pret-A-Manger to Burger King and TGI friday's. The main square has lively music and street performers, the main square also has seasonal displays through the year, all though it can get very busy at the festive times of the year, a great place to visit and it is only a short walk from Waterloo or a shore tube ride. Please note that my visit was in June 2022.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 20, 2023
  • drmalcolm
    Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great staff and great value
    We always try to stay at Raddison to keep our VIP status and usually good members offers and cost effective stays. We get upgrades and free breakfast and sometimes club access. We needed to be in central london for a show and dinner and taxis are often hard to come by. This is right in the middle of things in Leicester Square . We were offered a junior suite overlooking the square. Really large bed, great view , large bed, every luxury you could want. Ali on reception really helpful with late check out as my wife felt unwell, thanks Ali. Also big shout out to Sonia in restaurant for superb buffet. All fruit fresh and ripe, surprisingly Rae these days, tasty cold meats and cheese in abundance, and wonderful smoked salmon. Hot food fresh not dry, all perfectly cooked and yummy Cumberland sausage, and perfect Italian coffe. Sonia couldn’t do enough, bussed a table by the window efficiently, always there too help us very demanding if hotel had newspapers, and before my next sip of coffee, Sonia from Portugal had it. She helped other staff who seemed to be struggling. Well done Sonia. Will definitely return and recommend .
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 27, 2023
  • Louis Cecile
    London, United Kingdom386 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Style over substance
    This part of London is iconic for tourists for its bright lights, restaurants, cinema and other entertainment. It is home to the surprisingly popular M&M and Lego Stores. It is jam-packed and expensive. It can be dirty and a little unsavoury at night. It is a commercial in everything being geared to make you spend. It is a photo opportunity, but there are many better less busy places to visit in London. It is handy that the underground station is nearby and many bus routes are nearby. The bright lights and buzz may entice some, but it is a case of style over substance.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 13, 2023
  • Chris
    Hinckley, United Kingdom998 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ok
    We had a walk through here, it was busy in parts especially with long lines of people waiting to get into Lego store and also the M&M store. There was a small Christmas market in the centre with was boarded in. There was lots of litter about.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 21, 2024
  • Braindamagedbaron
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom1,078 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Touristy McTouristface
    It's London and Leicester Square is a tourist hot spot. Visitors from all over the world fill the area, alongside the obligatory Gavin And Stacey fans hunting for the legendary Wetherspoons pub, The Moon Under The Water. A fat, unfunny Essex lad falls for an attractive Welsh lass. A Scene being repeated all over London. Wander through the square, go to a show, visit a shop or two, have a drink, just don't say. Particularly at night.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 7, 2024
  • laneyislay
    137 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A visit to see the statues - a lot of buzz around the area too
    Lecister Square has lovely statues of film characters dotted around the gardens which is why I initially wanted to go. It's a nice wee spot to have a seat for a wee while. There is a lot of buzz around the area - shops, street performers etc. Definitely work a visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 16, 2024
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Chris
27 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Leicester Square was very crowded and filthy. It felt unsafe. The only decent shops such as M & M World and Lego Store had very long queues. To try and find something to eat you would have to book well in advance for a table in a heaving restaurant of dubious quality or eat a takeaway on the excrement-smeared pavements and benches. Odd folks will dawdle near you so be on your guard. There is so much near the Square - Covent Garden, Chinatown etc, that there is no reason to hang around here. Just pass on through.
Written August 22, 2021
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Mengkysan
Bangkok176 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Leicester Square is not a great place. Yes, you've got Legoland and M&Ms World and a set of bells that chime but underneath that, you've got a hotspot for pickpockets and scam merchants.

Saturday and Sunday mornings - if you are an early bird and like to wander around whilst it is quiet - sees a handful of people still crawling their way home after a long night partying revealing a plethora of McDonalds litter and pockets of vomit in most building doorways and street corners.

Leicester Square, when filled with people, seems an interesting and thriving place but the occasional street performer isn't enough to warrant hanging around any longer than is strictly necessary as you are no doubt being eyed up by the large number of men sitting around doing nothing and with nowhere to go.

If you do find yourself there, keep your bags and phones safe; look as if you know where you are going and don't hang around.
Written July 26, 2021
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Graeme M
2,520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
If you are out and about exercising and social distancing near Leicester Square, take a walk around the piazza and look out for the entertainment statues that have been erected.

There are; Mary Poppins, Laurel and Hardy (on top of the ticket booth), Gene Kelly, Bugs Bunny, Mr Bean, Charlie Chaplin and Paddington Bear.

Great opportunities for a selfie with the stars, or just to amuse, (especially with all of London entertainment closed down).
Written March 24, 2020
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1961GaryC
Bradford, UK541 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Leicester Square is easily the busiest place I've been since before the pandemic changed things. This created an atmosphere which may not to be everyone's taste at the moment.

Lots of people on skateboards, constant evangelical speakers, big crowds and street entertainment. Plenty to take in, great people watching but no way to manage the large number of visitors all having a look and a walk round.

We didn't feel threatened or unsafe at all but things seemed much more hectic than I remember from several previous visits. In fact the most negative thing I can think of was seeing the 7 feet tall Darth Vader posing with tourists which looked quite good. This was until a couple of minutes later when I saw the same performer step down from their wooden box to be restored to a far less intimidating height.
Written September 2, 2021
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imjustme87
London, UK63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Haven't been to Leicester Square since January 2018 but i was shocked upon my first trip back.
So many businesses closed due to the effects of covid such a shame to see so many places shut down. Still has the same buzz to the atmosphere i remember as a child but a hell of alot of building work being undertaken. Majority of restaurants now require pre booking so make sure you check before you go.
Written January 15, 2022
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK7,259 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
It's a great place to get the feeling of London. Lots of restaurants and shops here. The central gardens were closed off with workmen inside when we were there.

If you're after half price theatre tickets look for the official ticket booth at the rear of the garden rather than the many high profile shops claiming to be it.
Written January 25, 2020
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ldgp14
Telford, UK3,246 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We visited Leicester Square on a Tuesday afternoon to see some of the famous movie character statues. My favourite was the Batman statue which is situated on top of the Odeon cinema. The square was pretty busy but it is still worth a visit.
Written August 28, 2021
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Srb
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Do not buy tickets from the London theatre bookings, seats do not exist when you get to the theatre. And they don't care that not only you have wasted good money it's spoilt the entire evening. Please don't even consider them go to the theatre itself.
Written February 16, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve visited Leicester Square because of you know what, but it’s improved considerably thanks to the refurbishment. The square is now much nicer and cleaner. Aside from the statue of Shakespeare in the centre of the square, there’s now several statues to movie characters. Harry Potter fans will love the avenue of wands.
Written October 30, 2021
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jackic69
Greater London, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
We’re a party of five adults sat inside before ordering our food and bottles of wine we asked for a jug of tap water for the table. The response was an extremely rude ‘No’ from the waitress. We then explained its against the law not to provide tap water when requested, we got another ‘No’ shrug of shoulders. Terrible service. Also unlawful to refuse customers tap water. Make it better Little Italy and stop taking advantage of customers.
Written January 1, 2023
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