With Trafalgar Square to the south, Piccadilly Circus to the west, China Town to the north and Covent Garden to the east, Leicester Square is right in the thick of The West End. It is the beating heart of British cinema, with all the major European premieres happening there - you'll often see crowds of fans, expectantly awaiting the arrival of the stars outside one of the state-of-the-art cinemas which line the square. Bronze casts of actors' hand imprints also remind you of the film star glamour associated with Leicester Square - Tom Cruise, Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Sir Ian McKellen are just some of the A-listers who've contributed. In the middle of the square is a small garden area with plenty of benches which are overlooked by statues of Shakespeare, Hogarth, Charlie Chaplin and 'the founder of scientific surgery', John Hunter, whose collection of 10,500 anatomical specimens were kept in his house on the square. Our own LondonTown.com London Information Centre is located next to the John Hunter gate. It's not a bad spot for a rest or to eat a packed lunch - although if you have time, nearby St James's Park is far better.
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Leicester Square, WC2H | 1 minute from Leicester Square
Overlooking Leicester Square - the setting for London's regular film premieres - the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire has glamorous, exclusive décor to match its high-profile setting: ... More
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Coventry Street, W1D | 2 minutes from Leicester Square
Located right next to Leicester Square, in the heart of London's West End, the Thistle Piccadilly is the perfect hotel for those wanting to enjoy the ... More
London > Events > Theatre Dates: 29th September 2014 to 24th January 2015
Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, Westminster, London W1D | 3 minutes from Leicester Square
After a hugely successful run at the St James Theatre at the beginning of 2014 Urinetown moves to the Apollo Theatre on 29th September 2014 making ...More
London > Events > Theatre Dates: 20th December 2014 to 9th May 2015
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 8 minutes from Leicester Square
Olivier-Award winner Tamsin Greig (Episodes, Green Wing, Jumpy, God of Carnage), who made her name as Debbie Aldridge in Radio 4's The Archers, makes her musical ...More
London > Events > Theatre Dates: 28th March 2009 to 14th February 2015
New London Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 9 minutes from Leicester Square
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Entertainment near Leicester Square
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
3 Leicester Street, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from Leicester Square
Chinatown’s best dim sum restaurant, (although outdone by the Royal China in Bayswater) this large, well run establishment is an excellent choice for more adventurous diners. ... More
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 9 minutes from Leicester Square
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 15 minutes from Leicester Square
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London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Leicester Square
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London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
21 Stacey Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Leicester Square
In the shadow of both Centrepoint and St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, hidden from most tourists and residents alike, lies this beautiful West End garden. Originally a car ... More
London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Leicester Square
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Theatre | Until 6th September 2014
Leicester Square Theatre WC2H 7BX WC2H 7BP - 0 minute walk from Leicester Square
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The Book of Mormon
Theatre | Until 18th October 2014
Prince of Wales Theatre 2 minutes walk from Leicester Square
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Shakespeare in Love
Theatre | Until 25th October 2014
Noel Coward Theatre 2 minutes walk from Leicester Square
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