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Leicester Square

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Leicester Square

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Leicester SquareUnderground3 min
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Amy C wrote a review 15 Jan
London, United Kingdom254 contributions136 helpful votes
Bet its dead quiet now due to covid-19 so sad and its theatre land and cinema too 😢 loads of eating places have shut
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Michelle K wrote a review Nov 2020
Haverhill, United Kingdom29 contributions17 helpful votes
Wonderful part of London, worth a visit, especially the statues, plenty to see, mr bean was my favourite 😍
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Date of experience: October 2020
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desito07 wrote a review Aug 2020
Portsmouth, United Kingdom1,428 contributions167 helpful votes
We passed this square as part of our Harry Potter walking tour. The guide showed us the Odeon cinema where the movies premiers took place apart of the last one. Well, down the road you can see many cinemas and theatres and casinos and quite a lot of people also. So, really nice place, worth visit!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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MO_86 wrote a review Aug 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom294 contributions104 helpful votes
Nice around here, loads of people wandering around. The buildings have such detail and looks like your in another country. Loads of food places to cater all needs.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Ian C wrote a review Jul 2020
London, United Kingdom23,995 contributions1,256 helpful votes
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Leicester Square had had a long history and it is surprising to find out that the garden at the centre only became a public square in the 1840's; you feel that it is much longer. In fact the history of the space goes back to the 1630's when Robert Sidney, 2nd Earl of Leicester aquired the land in this area and built his large London mansion here, fencing off the area of what had been common land - but was forced to open it up after an appeal to King James I and the decision of the Privy Council. Subsequent owners kept trying to find ways around this, and the courts frequently had to intercede until a Member of parliament Albert Grant purchased the garden in 1874 for £11,060 and donated it for public use. It was then re-landscaped including the statue of Shakespeare at the centre. The buildings around the Square have, over the centuries, changed from exclusive residential mansions to theatres and other entertainment venues, a character which still exists today, with well-known venues such as the Odeon, Leicester Square where many film premieres have taken place. It is also home to major retail outlets for Lego and M&M's, with remnants of the days when there was a Swiss Centre here at the end towards Piccadilly Circus, coming alive on the hour. Shakespeare has recently been joined by a new cast of characters, with bronze statues of characters from the world of film. There is a map to help you find them all - you will need it as some are fairly obvious, but Wonder Woman is bursting out of the hidden side of a building. Have a look also at the quality of the architecture, including the art deco cinemas. The Square is also home to the TKTS which, in good times, offers discounted tickets to West End theatres.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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