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Leicester SquareWith 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. The discount theatre tickets office is located next to the John Hunter gate and 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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Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £143  42% off
Leicester Square, WC2H | 1 minute from Leicester Square
The Hampshire Hotel is located in the heart of film and Theatreland. Guests can enjoy superb Mexican- Peruvian sharing plates at Leicester Square Kitchen with drinks ... More
 
 
 
Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £131  35% off
Seven Dials, WC2H | 5 minutes from Leicester Square
Boutique haven in Covent Garden's vibrant Seven Dials village. Guests can enjoy stylish, comfortable rooms, smart TV and free high-speed Wi-Fi on unlimited devices. Monmouth Kitchen ... More
 
 
 
Cafe Royal Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
68 Regent Street, W1B | 5 minutes from Leicester Square
Café Royal is a 160-bedroom 5-star luxury hotel on Regent Street, in London's city centre overlooking Piccadilly Circus. The hotel has conference facilities, a cafe, bar ... More
 
 
 
 
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The West End
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Soho, London WC2H | Same location as Leicester Square
Taking in Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street, Soho, Theatreland, Chinatown, Covent Garden and Leicester Square, The West End really does have it ... More
 
 
 
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Soho
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from Leicester Square
Soho, the set of streets and alleyways between Oxford Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road and Regent Street is one of the most cosmopolitan parts of ... More
 
 
 
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Trafalgar Square
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Central London, Westminster, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Leicester Square
Lord Nelson, Britain's greatest military hero, and the mighty lions that surround him, pay testament to the position of Trafalgar Square at the heart of the ... More
 
 
 
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near Leicester Square
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Horse and Dolphin Yard
London > Attractions >
Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Leicester Square
Walking from Gerrard Street to Shaftesbury Avenue in the Chinatown area of Soho you'll come across the pedestrianised Horse & Dolphin Yard which gets its name ... More
 
 
 
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National Portrait Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
St Martin's Place, WC2H | 3 minutes from Leicester Square
The National Portrait Gallery houses portraits of significant figures from the late 15th century to the present day. This isn't the place to come for serious ... More
 
 
 
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Piccadilly Circus
London > Attractions > Sights
Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1J | 3 minutes from Leicester Square
Right in the middle of the West End, Piccadilly Circus isn't a circus at all, but an enormous road junction where Piccadilly itself Regent Street, Shaftesbury ... More
 
 
 
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Near Leicester Square
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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 31st March 2016 to 1st November 2020
Leicester Square, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, W1V | 3 minutes from Leicester Square
Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong - winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy - and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, have ...More
 
 
 
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Pretty Woman: The Musical
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 13th February 2020 to 2nd January 2021
Leicester Square, 16 Denman Street, W1D | 4 minutes from Leicester Square
Everyone's favourite Hollywood love story comes alive on the London stage this February when Pretty Woman: The Musical transfers from Broadway to the West End with ...More
 
 
 
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Good
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 6th October to 19th December 2020
Leicester Square, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 8 minutes from Leicester Square
David Tennant, the well loved actor best known for playing Doctor Who, returns to the West End to star in Good, the first play from the ...More
 
 
 
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Cineworld Leicester Square
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
5-6 Leicester Square, WC2H | 1 minute from Leicester Square
Cineworld on the north side of Leicester Square is a state-of-the-art nine screen cinema in the centre of London which shows ... More
 
 
 
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Prince Charles Cinema
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
7 Leicester Place, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from Leicester Square
Having achieved almost cult status, this reasonably-priced, independent cinema in the heart of Leicester Square is not quite the true hidden gem it once was. ... More
 
 
 
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The 99 Club
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
Storm Nightclub, 28a Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from Leicester Square
Playing across multiple venues across London seven days a week and 52 weeks a year - do they really put on shows on Christmas Day? - ... More
 
 
 
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Ben & Jerry's
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
Vue West End, 3 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from Leicester Square
Fosil Fuel, Phish Food and Baked Alaska, no, not a tour of the Natural History Museum but the names that Ben & Jerry have come up ... More
 
 
 
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SeeWoo
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
18-20 Lisle Street, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from Leicester Square
SeeWoo's flagship store is located on Lisle Street in the heart of London's bustling Chinatown. Starting as a small grocery in 1975 serving local needs, SeeWoo ... More
 
 
 
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Loon Fung Supermarket
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
42-44 Gerrard Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Leicester Square
In the heart of China Town, this shop offers everything you ever needed to cook authentic Chinese food. The look and the smell is authentic, and ... More
 
 
 
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What are the best dining options near Leicester Square London?
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FuLuShou
London > Restaurants > Pan-Asian restaurants
5 - 6 Leicester Square, The Casino at The Empire, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from Leicester Square
Pan-Asian Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Joy King Lau
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
 
 
 
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JinLi Chinatown
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
4 Leicester Street, WC2H | 1 minute from Leicester Square
Yi Fei's award-winning Sichuanese restaurant, JinLi, which won 'Best in England' at the Golden Chopsticks Awards in 2018, has a second restaurant in Chinatown with ... More
 
 
 
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Near Leicester Square
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 5 minutes from Leicester Square
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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English [Out There!]
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
 
 
 
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 11 minutes from Leicester Square
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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Leicester Square gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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AWAY Spa W London
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
10 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Leicester Square
On the 6th floor of the W London the AWAY Spa certainly takes you away from the manic pace of life in Leicester Square ... More
 
 
 
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Thai Square Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Leicester Square
Let the Thai Square Spa transport you to the shores of Asia with their traditional Thai spa treatment rooms, smack bang in the centre of Covent ... More
 
 
 
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Phoenix Garden
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
 
 
 
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The best pubs near London Leicester Square.
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Waxy's Little Sister
London > Nightlife > Pubs
20 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Leicester Square
If you're not up for the hectic atmosphere of Waxy O'Connors it might be worth slipping across the street to her infinitely more tranquil Little Sister. ... More
 
 
 
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Waxy O'Connor's
London > Nightlife > Pubs
14-16 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Leicester Square
Located where it is, Waxy's is fairly predictable. It's busy, it's Irish and it's got a fair smattering of tourists, but it also has that certain ... More
 
 
 
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The Blue Posts
London > Nightlife > Pubs
28 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Leicester Square
Across the road from Chinatown, a pub had stood on the site of The Blue Posts at 28 Rupert Street since 1739. ... More
 
 
 
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Leicester Square clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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The Lost Alhambra
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
28a Leicester Square, WC2H | 1 minute from Leicester Square
From the team behind Tonight Josephine and Blame Gloria, The Lost Alhambra in Leicester Square has been revived ... More
 
 
 
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Cork & Bottle
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
44 Cranbourn Street, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from Leicester Square
Located in the heart of the West End you’d expect it to be packed with the usual crowds but hidden in a basement below a sex ... More
 
 
 
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The Perception
London > Nightlife > Bars
W London Leicester Square, 10 Wardour Street, W1D | 1 minute from Leicester Square
Opened in late 2017, The Perception has taken over the lobby of the W London. Designed by Amsterdam-based firm Concrete, the bar is inspired by London's ... More
 
 
 
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Odeon, Leicester Square
London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from Leicester Square
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the week's big releases. Aside ... More
 
 
 
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Haymarket Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Suffolk Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Leicester Square
A hip designer hotel by Tim and Kit Kemp in a grand building on the prestigious Haymarket, the broad boulevard street making for an impressive entrance. ... More
 
 
 
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St Martins Lane Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Leicester Square
To enter the stunning St Martins Lane Hotel in the heart of London's Theatreland you pass through the tallest revolving door in London, a luminescent yellow-glass ... More
 
 
 
 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Theatre | Until 24th January 2021 

Palace Theatre 3 minutes walk from Leicester Square

From the 36,000 retweets Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling got when she announced the ...More

 
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Theatre | Until 1st November 2020 

Criterion Theatre 3 minutes walk from Leicester Square

Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong - winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy - ...More

 
Pretty Woman: The Musical
Pretty Woman: The Musical
Theatre | Until 2nd January 2021 

Piccadilly Theatre 4 minutes walk from Leicester Square

Everyone's favourite Hollywood love story comes alive on the London stage this February when Pretty Woman: The Musical transfers from ...More

 
Fourth Plinth: Heather Phillipson THE END
Fourth Plinth: Heather Phillipson THE END
Exhibitions | Until 26th March 2022 

Trafalgar Square 4 minutes walk from Leicester Square

London born artist Heather Philipson puts an ice cream with a cherry on top on The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar ...More

 
Hello, Dolly!
Hello, Dolly!
Theatre | Until 6th March 2021 

Adelphi Theatre 6 minutes walk from Leicester Square

Multi Olivier and BAFTA Award winning Imelda Staunton plays meddlesome socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi, taking the title role in ...More

 
Good
Good
Theatre | Until 19th December 2020 

Playhouse Theatre 8 minutes walk from Leicester Square

David Tennant, the well loved actor best known for playing Doctor Who, returns to the West End to star in ...More

 
Hidden London: The Exhibition
Hidden London: The Exhibition
Exhibitions | Until 1st January 2021 

London Transport Museum 8 minutes walk from Leicester Square

Experience an 'abandoned' Tube station and discover stories about Churchill in the Blitz at the London Transport Museum's exhibition, Hidden ...More

 
Future Engineers
Future Engineers
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2020 

London Transport Museum 8 minutes walk from Leicester Square

Explore the world of transport engineering in the Future Engineers gallery, a permanent display at the London Transport Museum since ...More

 
The Prince of Egypt
The Prince of Egypt
Theatre | Until 31st October 2020 

Dominion Theatre 8 minutes walk from Leicester Square

With new musical numbers and lavish sets, The Prince of Egypt brings a glittering production based on the Dreamworks film ...More

 
The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
Theatre | Until 27th March 2021 

Fortune Theatre 9 minutes walk from Leicester Square

One of the less well-known West End fixtures, this adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic novel has been packing out houses ...More

 
 
 
 
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