Spot the stars!
At least once a month there is a movie premiere at Leicester Square - join in the throngs as they cheer their favourite celebrities! This place is always alive with people, noise, things to see and do...and never more so when the movie stars come to town! Red carpets, glitzy gowns and limousines...
For the really big premiers, my husband highly recommends getting there early and climbing onto one of the bright red telephone booths that line the square - a great vantage point from which to scope out your heartthrob!
Shoulder to shoulder with the world!
Always bursting to the seams with tourists! Come here during the winter or the summer, you will find it heaving with people. You have the heady scents of China Town to one side, the neon lights of Soho on another, Charing Cross, just around the corner - bursting with second hand book shops - and the streets filled with jesters and musicians a little further over in Covent Garden.
This is a central place to meet, to have a coffee in the large Starbucks, nibble on a Haagen Daz corneto, or take in a movie (at vast expense!). There is always a performance going on at Leicester Square, from street artists, to buskers, to dancers, you name it, you can probably see it on the paved courts around the movie theatres that line the square.
Restaurants abound in Leicester Square - but be warned - they don't come cheap - aside from the MacD's of course :)
Watch out for pick-pockets!
Leicester Square is home to the TKTS booth. One can purchase theatre tickets on the day of a performance at greatly reduced prices. It's practically deserted in winter, especially for matinees. Chinatown is right around the corner, and it's a short walk over to Covent Garden, too. That's not snow on the grass... it's just a covering.
Leicester square (from the name of the owner) used to be a very formal set of Gardens, as can be seen from the engraving of 1750. Up until about 10 years ago, it had descended into a rather scummy area full of junkies, low lifes and other assorted scumbags.
Rather like Times Square in New York, the place underwent a 'makeover' and the central grassy area is now closed at night. It still remains one of the main places to 'hook-up' with someone else, of either sex, pre-planned or otherwise.
In the middle of the Square is a small park - Shakespeare is surrounded by dolphins (funny I don't remember any in 'Macbeth' or 'Hamlet'). In the corners lie a few more famous Englishmen : Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Joshua Reynolds (the first President of the Royal Academy), John Hunter (a pioneer of surgery), William Hogarth (famous painter).
The most recent addition Charlie Chaplin, born in South London.
The square itself is usually buzzing with people at all hours of the day and night, many just strolling about or visiting one of the cinemas that dominate the sides of the modern day square.
Leicester Square is a manic place! Again like Piccadilly - one of those places that you MUST see when you are in London.
Its home to theatres, fast food outlets and cinemas...you may be lucky enough to see a premier! Today it was "The Magic Roundabout" the place was cordoned off and packed full of people watching!
I was in Leicester square at 0430am after a night out and it was so full of people even at that time of the morning!
Leicester Square (pronounced "Lester Square") is a major tourist landmark and for pedestrians only. It's often quite busy and bustling with tourists and street performers, and has four major cinemas. Often, major British film premieres are held here at Leicester Square.
Capital Radio and XFM are also both housed here, and there are a number of restaurants and clubs.
There’s green squares everywhere where you can sit to rest, eat or simply stay. When it’s sunny everyone goes to the street to enjoy the warm light.
Hay una gran cantidad de plazas verdes donde sentarse a descansar, comer o simplemente estar. Cuando hace sol todo el mundo sale a la calle a disfrutar de la calida luz.
In the middle of Leicester Square there is a statue of King George.
King is sitting on a horse and holding a sword.
King George is very famous king but the statue is not very attractive and ignored.
Have you heard the stories of King George?
Leicester Square is the one of the most visited place in London. The whole are I surrounded by fast food restaurants and shops.
In the middle of Leicester Square there is a small park with seating arrangements but it closes in the evening.
LEICESTER SQUARE (pronounced "lester")
It's the place for fun! There are the major movie theaters, the fast-food outlets, Häagen-Dazs cafe and the disco entrances. It's crowded after midnight. It's great place just for watching people walking by and the liveliness can be cheering. There are Society of London Theatre ticket kiosk which sells
half-priced tickets for many of that evening's performances.
We visited the musical "The Wicked" a fantastic happening! You can easly get cheap tickets at Leicester Square.
There's a small park in the middle of Leicester Square that has lots of benches to sit down and relax at, as well as a statue in the middle, of Shakespeare surrounded by dolphins.
Looking for a club, a theater or cinema? Sure you will find it here. Certainly this place will entertain you.
The place to see the musicals or simply wandering throgh the crowds.
Be sure to see at least 1 musical during your time in London.
London comes alive at night around this square!!!
You can feel almost a mediterrannean atmosphere on this square! Slow motion, people sitting in caffees...