Leicester Square

Leicester Square is a pedestrianised square, It was laid out in 1670 and is named after the contemporary Leicester House, 

The square was originally a gentrified residential area, It became more down-market in the late 18th century and retail developments took place, becoming a centre for entertainment, Several major theatres were established in the 19th century, which were converted to cinemas towards the middle of the next, Leicester Square holds a number of nationally important cinemas, which are frequently used for film premieres, most of the big theatres are a few minutes walking distance away

The square remains a popular tourist attraction, including hosting events for the Chinese New Year,


The square has always had a park in its centre, which was originally Lammas land, The square was extensively refurbished and remodelled for the 2012 London Olympics, costing more than £15m and taking over 17 months to complete

London West End Walking Tour
  1. Trafalgar Square
  2. Horse Guards Parade
  3. Downing Street
  4. The Cenotaph
  5. Parliament Square
  6. Big Ben
  7. Houses of Parliament
  8. Westminster Abbey
  9. St James Park
  10. Buckingham Palace
  11. The Mall
  12. Piccadilly Circus
  13. Regent Street
  14. Oxford Circus
  15. Leicester Square