Within the space of five years, he had built Leicester House for himself, which was a sizeable abode and was situated at the north of the piece of land. However, when Sidney enclosed the area in front of his house, the residents of St Martin's parish no longer had access to what had been known to be public land. King Charles I was involved by these parishioners. It was eventually ordered that Lord Leicester had to keep some of the land open to the parishioners. This land was then called Leicester Field, but is today known as Leicester Square. Some 40 years later, the area became more developed, even serving as the home to royals.
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.