Located in the heart of the West End, south of Chinatown and north of Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square is a place most visitors will find themselves passing through at some point, for food, drink or entertainment. The square can be a disorientating experience at night, with pushy crowds, gawking tourists and drunken party-goers. Still, it is the epicentre of London's nightlife, with bars and clubs located in little streets off the square. It is also the place to go to watch a film - there are six multiplex cinemas on the square itself, including Odeon Leicester Square, with the largest screen in Europe. The others are Odeon Mezzanine, Odeon West End, Odeon Swiss Centre, Empire and Vue. In the sunshine, the square can be lovely (though crowded) place to watch the world go by.
In the middle of the Square is a small park, in the centre of, which is a statue of William Shakespeare surrounded by dolphins. The four corner gates of the park have one statue each, depicting Sir Isaac Newton, the scientist; Sir Joshua Reynolds, the first President of the Royal Academy; John Hunter, a pioneer of surgery; and William Hogarth, the painter.
No am not crazy to leave this tip here.You must think ,what am i saying rite? But hey this one time when i was just hanging around at L sq i accidentally bumped into gorge michael.who would have thought hangin out at particular spot could get u a chance to meet someone who's music u grew up listening too.
It is a beautiful morning in London today. The sun is out, the birds are chirping - such a pity I have to go and work in an office! Oh well.
I usually walk by here on my way to work - it's about 8am, not many people are about, it is still and serene. In an hour's time this will all change, and Leicester Square becomes a hub of activity.
It's history starts from the Great Fire of London in 1633, it had a dubious reputation at first, was seen as too arty and flamboyant, gambling was rife etc., the website below gives a lovely account of what went on here!
The garden in the square is home to a few busts of famous people who lived/worked in the Square at some point, it is a lovely spot to sit and chat with friends, and do some people watching! There is so much that goes on here, this can be quite entertaining at times! haha
Today it has a few cinemas, restaurants, casinos, pubs, clubs and more, it is high on the agenda for entertainment still, as it was all those years ago. The dubious reutation has left it though :)
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.
I don't understand this toy business at all. Every Christmas and birthday (well the one of each I've had anyway) I get bought all these lumps of plastic which they expect me to punch and prod...and then they expect me to squeel with delight if it lights up some blue light on an ear or something. Beats me, i'd rather just walk about with my trusty spoon.
When I was taken to London however, I was quite impressed with the kid who got a really big activity centre, called "Leicester square". Light, Lights and more lights flashing away all over the place. I was impressed, even if I never found the buttons, I even left my spoon alone for a a couple of minutes.
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 just a short walk from Piccadilly Circus and is a good place to hang out with friends. The square has a small park with some trees in the center and then is surrounded my movie theatres, restaurants, and cafes (yes, there is a Starbucks here). The streets that branch off from the square are filled with a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes. Also, this is the location of the TKTS booth for half-priced, same day theatre tickets. This is nice little place to hang out while planning your day's outings.
Leicester Square is a large square in the heart of the London West End. There is a central fenced in grassy area, with seats to relax on when the sun is shining.
The outer rim of the square is made up of movie cinemas and mainly tourist focused restaurants and bars. It is here that big movie premieres take place, and if you happen to time your visit right you may see local and internationally big names here on the red carpet.
It is also the place to go to buy cheap last minute theatre tickets (there are several stalls here selling these half price and discounted seats.
Hundreds of tourists flock to Leicester Square every day, hence it is a bit of a tourist trap - with its share of souvenir shops and street artists doing sketches of passer-by's etc.
Bustling with tourist and Londoners who wanna grab some dinner. Lots of cheap tickets for musical and theatre here ...and a small park to sit and watch the colourful community of London. Its really cool to sit there and watch people . I was bursting with curiosity , just like Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray character ...so curious about the life of the people in London , everyone that I saw..." wonder what kinda of life these people are leading ? "
A place to go for musical/opera/shopping
This place is where you go if wanna catch the Phantom of the Opera, Miserables, Fame or other musical/opera....( sad to say been to London twice but did not managed to catch one yet, shame on me )
But there is also a horrible experience where I chnace upon a filthy beggar who is so filthy that his odour beats the beggar in Penang road hands down ...I was enjoying looking at people but his stench was too great that he forced me to lift my butt ....plus I heard him calling a few British girls fatty for not giving him some money ..so better go before he start to call me names ..hahaha