Leicester Square is one of London’s most famous squares. It is a pedestrianised square in the West End of London and is a great place to hang out and watch some street entertainment.
In the centre of the Square is a small park, with a water feature and a statue of William Shakespeare surrounded by dolphins. The most recent statue to be located at the park in Leicester Square is of film star and director Charlie Chaplin. Similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Square is surrounded by floor mounted plaques with film stars names and cast handprints on display.
Leicester Square is the centre of London’s cinema land, where four of Britain’s leading cinemas are located.
UK film premieres attended by A list celebrities such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, are regularly hosted at one of the Leicester Square’s four cinemas.
Also in Leicester Square is the Hippodrome Casino, which as well as providing 24 hour gambling also in an exclusive setting in one of London’s iconic buildings, it also has regular live music performances.
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern Lines)
NB: Leicester Square is sometimes wrongly written as Lester Square or Leister Square
No visit to London is complete without a visit to Trafalgar Square. The capital’s largest and most iconic square.
Trafalgar Square is a large open space dominated by Nelson’s Column – a 145 foot tall stone column, that has on its top, a statue of one of Britain’s greatest military heroes, Admiral Horatio Nelson.
Admiral Nelson led the British Navy to victory in a the naval sea battle against the French and Spanish fleets in 1805. Although the British won the battle Admiral Nelson was killed during it and hence the column and the square itself commemorate his life and contribution to British history.
At the base of the column are four large bronze panels that depict some of Admiral Nelson’s many naval battles. Surrounding the column are four huge lions that tourists can be seen attempting, and often failing, to climb.
Heritage wardens are on duty in Trafalgar Square to provide help to visitors including answering queries about local attractions and the square’s heritage.
Opening Times: Always open
Nearest Underground Tube Station: Charing Cross