Leicester (Less-ter) Square in London is one of the most vibrant and eclectic places, which has been in the spotlight since the 16th century, and quite literally at that! Initially a residential area for the aristocracy, it is now one of the most vibrant & unique places in the UK.
Home to some of the best cinemas in the UK, this is where a lot of A-listers walk the red carpet at the time of movie premiers. The square, built around a garden, houses world-class theatres that host a variety of theatrical performances and musicals throughout the year.
Leicester Square is a space, which incubates contemporary free-wheeling art-based performances by escapologists, mime artists, stand up comedians, etc. In fact, through Leicester Square, the ‘new’ London gives a beautiful homage to the ‘old’ London. You will see the statues of icons like William Shakespeare, Sir Isaac Newton, Hogarth, Durham, Charlie Chaplin, and Joshua Reynolds.
This landmark-pedestrianized zone has colourful cultural hues from around the world in its very essence, be it food, people, sights, and sounds. In fact, the Chinese New Year is celebrated with quite an aplomb at Chinatown here.
The square houses two of the largest outlets of M&M’s and Lego in the world. And that’s not all! The square has some of the largest and best casinos in the UK that don’t let the evenings fade. The Leicester Square, named after Robert Sidney, the second Earl of Leicester, was laid out in the late 16th-century. It lies in the City of Westminster surrounded by Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, and Cambridge Circus.