Leicester Square

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Thrill to London's eclectic nightlife in one of its most famous locations, a vibrant square that's been an entertainment hub since the 19th century.

Leicester Square is a buzzing hub of activity, home to many diverse entertainment options. Once the site of music halls and old-fashioned movie houses, the square is now dotted with trendy restaurants, bars and cinemas. Watch mimes and other street performers, stroll around the central green area or try your luck at the casinos set in historic buildings.

The square was first laid out in 1630, and became a popular entertainment area in the mid-19th century. It was home to Turkish baths, burlesque houses, music halls and then later, movie houses such as the Empire and the Hippodrome. Visit the Hippodrome today and you will find one of the U.K.’s largest casinos. The Empire cinema remains open and is often the setting for star-studded red carpet premieres.

Head to the small garden at the center of the square, which features a marble statue of William Shakespeare surrounded by dolphins. Walk around the edge of the green space to see statues of other famous figures from English history. Look for Charlie Chaplin, William Hogarth and Sir Isaac Newton, among others.

In the northwest corner of the square, find the quirky Swiss glockenspiel. The stand-alone clock is 32 feet (9.8 meters) high and features 27 bells, 11 moving Swiss figures and a glass drum decorated with Swiss flags.

Stroll around the square to enjoy the lively buzz and then watch a movie in one of the cinemas. At the southwest corner, look at the floor plaques with handprints of famous actors, inspired by the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.

The square is one of the most crowded places in London, particularly on weekends. Arrive in the evening and watch its pedestrianized streets come to life with neon lights, revelers and nightclub music.

Leicester Square is on numerous bus routes and also has its own Underground station. While you are here, watch a play or a musical. London's theater district is right on the doorstep.

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Top Hotels Close to Leicester Square

Assembly House Hotel
Assembly House Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27 - 31 Charing Cross Road, London, England
The price is ¥10,113 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The British Museum and Big Ben. London Eye and Buckingham Palace are also within 1 mi ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,181 reviews)
"Stayed in one of the Den rooms. Did the job nothing too extraordinary, great location and for the price it couldn’t be beaten. Security at night which was good to see and room key access elevators as well. No toilet brush in bathroom just incase you need to know. Lighting is quite extreme would be ..."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Assembly House Hotel
Zedwell Piccadilly
Zedwell Piccadilly
3 out of 5
Great Windmill Street, London, England
The price is ¥10,672 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is steps from Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, and Piccadilly. Theatreland and Shaftesbury Avenue are also within ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (317 reviews)
"It’s a fabulous, modern hotel offering comfort & a desirable location in central London right in the heart of Piccadilly Circus. Expect minimalism though; no phone in the room to contact reception or housekeeping which meant I had to make 3 visits to front desk during my last stay in order to secure ..."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Zedwell Piccadilly
The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
The price is ¥22,001 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 26
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus, and London Dungeon. Big Ben and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,880 reviews)
"Already have! Service in the restaurant was abysmal, ordered 3 coffees, two skinny lattes and one ordinary. When they came they didn’t know which was which so put them down anywhere and then charged us a service charge. Manager apologised but didn’t rescind the service charge. Good service ..."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

The Strand Palace Hotel
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Best Lodging Options Near Leicester Square

Assembly House Hotel
Assembly House Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27 - 31 Charing Cross Road, London, England
The price is ¥10,113 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Assembly House Hotel
Zedwell Piccadilly
Zedwell Piccadilly
3 out of 5
Great Windmill Street, London, England
The price is ¥10,672 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Zedwell Piccadilly
The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
The price is ¥22,001 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 26
The Strand Palace Hotel
The Royal National Hotel
The Royal National Hotel
4 out of 5
38-51 Bedford Way, London, England
The price is ¥18,785 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 4
The Royal National Hotel
Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square
Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square
4 out of 5
8 Northumberland Ave, (adjacent to Trafalgar Square), London, England
The price is ¥22,333 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is ¥25,154 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Mimi's Hotel Soho
Mimi's Hotel Soho
3.5 out of 5
56-57 Frith Street, London, England
The price is ¥20,271 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Mimi's Hotel Soho
Club Quarters Hotel Covent Garden Holborn
Club Quarters Hotel Covent Garden Holborn
4 out of 5
61 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, England
The price is ¥22,333 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Club Quarters Hotel Covent Garden Holborn
St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London
St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London
4 out of 5
54 Buckingham Gate, London, England
The price is ¥25,580 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London
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