Leicester Square

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Leicester Square
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
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Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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.
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Nicola D
Hessle, UK3,123 contributions
I would say that Leicester Square is the home to all the main cinemas in London and where many film premiers are held. It is a bit of a mess currently as there are hoardings up and lots building work going on.

There is a small park/grassy area in the middle with benches to sit on.

There is a statue trail in the square depicting iconic film ‘stars’ of the last 100 years. There are 10 ‘Scenes in the Square’ movie statues in Leicester Square, celebrating films of the last 100 years (Laurel & Hardy, Charlie Chapman, Gene Kelly, Batman, Bugs Bunny, Paddington Bear, Mr Bean, Mary Poppins, Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, Clifford The Big Red Dog). We had great fun with our 10 year old grandson searching for them all, although some meant nothing to him at all. Some are hiding on roofs and annoyingly some selfish people just sit on or next to them so it is difficult to take photos. Wonder Woman is tucked away from the Square – we spent ages searching for her! Because of the building work, some statues are a little hard to find.

The world’s largest Lego store is there (although it was closed for a re-furb when we visited), M & M’s store (huge queue around the corner) and lots of restaurants.
Written August 4, 2022
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Blue M
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Family
Went to a theatre on Shaftesbury Ave and walked from Charring Cross Station. Haven't been to that part of town in a number of years and all I can say is Oh My!!!! What on earth has gone wrong? The place was an absolute shock. Streets stunk of urine, so many empty shops, filthy shop facades, the poorest quality of eateries ever! I could go on, but all I'll say is for a theatre district, somewhere that should be a jewel in the capital's Crown, it was an embarrassing disappointment. Cue the 21st century plague of rats.
Written July 31, 2022
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Kevelyne K
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Couples
No Leicester cheese in sight, a right disappointment.
I couldn’t brielieve it.
I went with my husband Bernardo into Mac Donald’s and I asked him what did the cheese say when he looked in the mirror, I said halloumi.
He broke up with me. Maybe he found my joke too cheesy. He called me a cheddar box.
He ate his Mac Donald and got a bit feta than me. Revenge!
Written July 15, 2022
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Hoppityskip
Essex, UK13,303 contributions
Solo
Many venuevunchanged but the square itself has lost its sense of togetherness as its now laid put fir through put not relaxation
Written July 14, 2022
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland25,432 contributions
Throughout the 17th century, Leicester Square was a notorious dueling location. In 1849, whilst in London, Karl Marx lived in the German Hotel, which is now Leicester House.

Today, Leicester Square is the location of nationally significant cinemas such as Odeon Luxe, Vue Cinema London, Prince Charles Cinema, and Cineworld Leicester Square. They are often used for film premieres.

Leicester Square is also famous for its bronze statues around the square. There are statues of William Shakespeare on top of the fountain, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Poppins, Harry Potter, etc.

You can find also plenty of restaurants, bars, and pubs. The world-famous TKTS booth sells last-minute theater tickets.
Written July 7, 2022
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dillydally49
London, UK69 contributions
Family
Lots going on all the time in Leicester Square- movies, premiers, Lego and M&M works shops, theatre ticket deals, places to eat. Definitely recommend!
Written July 6, 2022
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David R
Christchurch, UK427 contributions
Couples
This is a great place to sit and watch the world go by. For many of us life is far too hectic and Leicester Square can seem frantic as you walk through it. However if you get the chance to stop, sit at a cafe or restaurant and just be in the moment, it’s a great experience. There’s always lots to see and do and although there isn’t much actually there it seems to draw you in like a magnetic force.
Written June 23, 2022
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Shelly790
Colchester, UK7 contributions
Couples
We really didn't enjoy our stay in Leicester Square, apart from its centrality to Trafalgar Square, Soho and China Town. Its really aimed at the young generation with the M&M and Lego store and McDonald's. Plus it was heaving with people. Not the place for me I'm afraid
Written June 16, 2022
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Henry Macdonald
Cambridge, UK3 contributions
Friends
The screen and sound is great! The seats are very poor unless you’re 3ft as they are just too small.
Written June 7, 2022
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SJDevon
Ashburton, UK321 contributions
Friends
Oh dear!

I grew up in London in the 60’s and 70’s and loved that time.

2022 what a shock! Heaving with people, massive queues everywhere and rip off prices.

Off my list of places to visit forever!
Written June 4, 2022
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