We always group Leicester Square with Covent Garden because both are busy places to be part of the crowd and we always walk between them to see the little shops along the way. Covent Garden is full of boutique shops and street entertainers. Leicester Square is best known for its movie premieres and discount theatre ticket booths. If you can afford it, watch a movie in the Odeon’s huge main screen where premieres take place every couple of weeks – imagine how many famous people sat in your seat before you! This is an extract from our free London City Guide.
If there’s a spare seat, rest your legs in the walk-through park which forms the centre of Leicester Square and watch the world go by. When the square is crowded, this can be a little escape as most people walk around the outside of the square rather than through the park. If you fancy seeing a film at the historic art deco Odeon, it’s cheapest to go before 2pm on a weekday when adult tickets are £9.50 (stalls), £10.50 (circle) and £14.50 (royal circle). Weekends and evenings bring prices of up to £20 per person (2010 prices) for the royal circle. If you’re thinking of buying tickets for a West End show, there are several theatre tickets booths in Leicester Square, although we’ve often found that the deals are no better than those you can find online. Click here to check out some of the offers for tops shows like Phantom of the Opera and The Lion King. Our favourite musical is Wicked, which we would recommend to anyone – it was just brilliant!
Leicester Sqaure is 2oo yards from Picadilly Circus and around half a mile from Covent Garden. Both Leicester Sqaure and Covent Garden have their own tube stops, but we always get off at Leicester Square because of the number of steps you have to come up at Covent Garden. You can get to Leicester Square using the Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour.
MORE ON LEICESTER SQUARE
Wikipedia – Leicester Square page
Discount deals on London Shows
More Things To Do In London
Hotels near Leicester Square/Covent Garden – Best prices from Hotels.com
More hotels in London – Massive discounts from Expedia
Books on Leicester Square – Amazon.co.uk
London Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour – Stops at Leicester Square