Tube Stop Tuesday: Leicester Square
In my experience Leicester Square is one of the busiest places in London. The only time I’ve seen it relatively calm is on a weekday night. This place doesn’t sleep! It’s a lively square in zone one close to other famous areas such as Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square and it can be reached via the Northern and Piccadilly line. Whether you’re feeling hungry, want to catch a movie, or do something touristy, Leicester Square will have something for you. There’s a reason it’s known as one of the most entertaining places within the capital!
My favourite things about Leicester Square are a) Chiquito (their fajitas put hearts in my eyes and happy hour prices are very reasonable) b) China town, because I love a Chinese buffet and the lanterns hanging above the streets are pretty, and c) there is always some sort of upbeat music playing usually from either buskers or street performers. It adds to the vibrant city atmosphere and always makes me want to dance, which I do if I’ve been for a few bevy’s…
Things to do near Leicester Square station:
- Chill out in Leicester Square Garden and watch the city go by. Despite the hustle and bustle of the surroundings, I always feel relaxed sat by the fountain in this garden. I love the sound of the water splashing onto the ground.
- Go for dinner and drinks. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to suit anyone’s fancy. A few places near the square include Bella Italia, TGI Fridays, Chiquito, Angus Steakhouse, Five guys, Pizza Hut, Wagamama, All Bar One, and Garfunkel’s. Just like Covent Garden, this area isn’t short of places to satisfy your appetite!
- Visit M&M’s World. Four floors dedicated to the famous chocolate – what could be better?! The smell of M&M’s will hit you in the face as soon as you enter the store, and you probably won’t want to leave without a bag of delicious goodies and funny merchandise.
- Watch a new movie at one of the various cinemas around Leicester Square. Red Carpet movie premiers usually take place at Leicester Square’s Odeon. Visit the Odeon website for information on upcoming premieres.
- Walk through Chinatown to experience real Chinese culture and some amazing Chinese food. Thinking about Chinatown has got me really craving some dumplings!
- Enjoy seafood and American style food at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, a Forrest Gump themed restaurant.
- Check out the Swiss Glockenspiel, a musical clock which features 27 bells and 11 moving Swiss figures. It was gifted to the City of Westminster in 1985 by Switzerland and Liechtenstein as a token of centuries of friendship.
- Book yourself a theatre show! Leicester Square is close to the West End and there are plenty of places to book theatre tickets.
- Visit one of the many gift shops full with London themed merchandise. If you’re a tourist visiting London it is important to take home a gift which will remind you of how cool London is!
Have you been to Leicester Square before? What did you get up to?