There are a number of places that you can visit in London, England and one of them is Leicester Square. It is surrounded by the Lisle Street, Orange Street, Charing Cross Road, and Whitcomb Street to the north, south, east, and west, respectively. The place is named after the 2nd Earl of Leicester, Robert Sidney. He was a wealthy aristocrat who purchased a large tract of land (about 4 acres) which includes this small area which is now known as the Leicester Square London. The earl built a magnificent townhome for himself which he proudly called the Leicester House.
The address was initially known as a place where aristocrats live. In fact, Frederick, Prince of Wales once lived in the Leicester House. As time goes by, the place lost its aristocratic reputation when it became the popular venue for popular culture and entertainment. The Leicester House became a museum that housed natural curiosities in the 1780s. And in the early 1790s, the place was finally demolished. To give you some great tips on how to enjoy your visit in the Leicester Square, here are some fun things to do that you and your family should try.
Things to do in Leicester Square London
- The Square itself has a garden or a small park where you can find several statues and stone busts. You can find the statue of William Shakespeare with dolphins in the middle of the Square. You can also find busts which depict Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Isaac Newton, John Hunter, William Hogarth, and most recently, Charlie Chaplin.
- Leicester Square London also has several major cinemas, namely, Odeon Leicester Square, Odeon Mezzanine, Odeon West End, Empire, and Vue. Odeon Leicester Square hosts a lot of movie premieres not only for British films but also for American movies. The cinema was also noted as the cinema that used the first digital projector in the whole continental Europe. Vue was formerly known as Warner Brothers Village where Warner Bros films were premiered. Vue purchased the cinema in 2004.
- Another attraction that you should not miss is the Hippodrome. This is not related to hippos or animals. This is a theater built in the 1900s where circus, plays, musicals, and variety shows were performed. The first show in the Hippodrome was performed by Charlie Chaplin. If you are curious, the name Hippodrome is derived from animals performing a significant part in a show. You can also go to the Leicester Square Theater if you want to watch theatrical plays. One of the famous artists who performed in this theater is Boy George.
- There are also a number of restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops in the area. After you are done soaking in London’s culture, you can take a break in one of these restaurants or go shopping in one of the numerous shops in Leicester Square. The Square may have lost its fashionable and aristocratic reputation but at least you can enjoy various modern entertainment shows.