England - Leicester Square
Leicester Square is situated in the West End of London and is surrounded by the well-known Lisle Street, Charing Cross Road, Leicester Street and Whitcomb Street. On a greater, more inclusive scale, the square is situated almost in the very centre of other famous tourist attractions like Covent Gardens, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Cambridge Circus.
Red Phone box in London, Signpost behind leading to Leicester Square,
Covent Garden, Royal Opera House and the London Transport Museum.
By the following century, though, it was no longer deemed a desirable place for the aristocrats, and was dedicated to the entertainment industry instead. During the 1800’s, the area was known as an entertainment hub. Hotels and theatres were erected to cater to the growing number of people that wanted to be a part of the Leicester Square buzz. Today, it remains to be the pulse of West End entertainment. For this reason, most of London’s film premieres are held at the Square. In addition, it is the co-host of the annual London Film Festival. To set the scene, the Square is surrounded by plaques and handprints of famous celebrities. Some of its best known cinemas include:
The culture around Leicester Square is based very much on the film and theatre industries. There are plenty of coffee cafés and restaurants, as well as prime access via a nearby tube station. Weekends are particularly busy as the many night clubs around Leicester Square fill up and create a fabulous vibe.
Leicester Square is also a significant location for the English media. Global Radio’s headquarters are on the Square, comprising significant stations such as Capital FM, Classic FM, Gold, Xfm London, and so on. The MTV UK TV studio is also situated here.
Leicester Square is a great addition to a London tour itinerary. It attracts a large variety of locals and international visitors, giving it a worldly vibe of variety and excitement.