Leicester Square, London

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London, WC2 02074344243
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    Wow - a big activity centre

    by Arann Updated Jan 30, 2006

    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.

    Address: Piccadilly Circus, SW1

    Directions: Piccadilly Circus tube

    Flashy lights in Central london
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    Leicester square

    by sourbugger Updated Jan 23, 2006

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    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.

    Address: Leiscester square.

    Leicester square in 1750 Chaplin

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    Leicester Square - A Place to Hang out

    by Jase1177 Written Oct 8, 2005

    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.

    Directions: Just east of Picadilly Circus. Leicester Square Tube.

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    Leicester Square

    by sue_stone Written Jun 18, 2005

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    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.

    Directions: Between Piccadilly and Covent Garden, just north of Trafalgar Square.

    Website: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/about/placesleicestersq.html

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    Leichester Square

    by kenyneo Updated May 30, 2005

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    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

    Street artist in Leichester square
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    Leicester Square

    by kentishgirl Written Jan 30, 2005

    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!

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    Visit Leicester Square!

    by J.I.M Updated Jan 26, 2005

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    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.

    Directions: Leicester Square tube station

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    Leicester Square Odeon Cinema

    by londonlover Written Nov 18, 2004

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    One of the largest cinemas in Leicester Square is the Odeon, home to many London premieres. Harry Potter fanatic that I am, I was lucky enough to be here the week that Prisoner of Azkaban opened in London, and the cinema was decked out in full "Dementor" style in honor of the premiere held here in May 2004.

    Directions: Leicester Square (east side)

    Something wicked this way comes...

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    Best value and most original cinema in town

    by Mostly_Irrelevant Updated Aug 27, 2004

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    The prince Charles Cinema is Englands only remaining independent repatory cinema, and as such, not only offers a wonderful variety of movies old and new (usually four different each day) but, with screenings from as little as £1.50, is also about the cheapest picture house you're likely to find anywhere in the UK. Situated immediately off Leicester Square, right in the heart of the west end, the Charles is a strict DO NOT MISS for anyone who likes a sense of the old fashioned service and real experience with their flicks.
    There is only one screen, so no annonymous, let's have your cash and to hell with your viewing pleasure that you get in modern multiplexes, the Charles is all about the movie going experience which thrived in yesteryear. Popcorn and drinks are reasonably priced, staff are friendly and helpful (and generally film buffas themselves), and if all this does not give you that homely intimate feeling, the back two rows of the 470 (approx) auditorium are comprised of those old fashion double couple seats, that most people of my generation have never seen - ideal for that first or that hundred and first date.
    Each friday there is a late night horror screening, and one Saturday a month is a spectacle to behold in the form of sing-along a sound of music. This is mutiny on the high cheese, with many people in Von-Trapp fancy dress competing to win a free one year pass to the cinema. It's a bit pricey at around £13.00, but it is worth it for the sheer fun - this is more than a movie, it's more like going to a show. And don't worry if you don't know the words, they are projected on the screen, so this is karaoke for the cringe proof.
    As to the usual listings, you won't find the latest block buster at the Charles, although it may be shown three months after it has left all other screens. What you will find is a wonderful mix of art-house, cult, classics and random rough diamond pics form around the world. Get yourself along for a true movie experience that you simply will not find anywhere else.

    Address: 7 Leicester Place

    Directions: Leister Square tube. Out the tube, find the Hippodrome on the corner, do a right towards Leicester square, and Leicester place is about 100 metres on your right. Just ask anyone who looks local and cultured.

    Phone: 020 7494 3654

    Website: http://www.princecharleserver1.com/

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    Leicester Square

    by Svillegas Updated Feb 17, 2004

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    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.

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    King George

    by Imbi Updated Oct 12, 2003

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    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?

    Address: Trafalgar Square, WC2

    Directions: Charing Cross or Leicester Square tubes

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    Leicester Square

    by Imbi Updated Oct 12, 2003

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    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.

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    LEICESTER SQUARE

    by Pomska Written Nov 18, 2002

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    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.

    Address: Leicester Square

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    Leicester Square

    by Twan Written Oct 17, 2011

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    We visited the musical "The Wicked" a fantastic happening! You can easly get cheap tickets at Leicester Square.

    Address: London, WC2

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    Leicester Square

    by LanaFromRiga Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Enormous cinemas, nightclubs and a colossal comedy venue dominate this cheerless, disagreeable square. There is a small statue of Charlie Chaplin in the centre.

    Directions: Leicester Square is the heart of the West End’s theatre land

    Charly Chaplin's monument in Leicester Square
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