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Leicester Square
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Leicester Square which includes a fountain and a square or plaza

Thrill to London's eclectic nightlife in one of its most famous locations, a vibrant square that's been an entertainment hub since the 19th century.

Leicester Square is a buzzing hub of activity, home to many diverse entertainment options. Once the site of music halls and old-fashioned movie houses, the square is now dotted with trendy restaurants, bars and cinemas. Watch mimes and other street performers, stroll around the central green area or try your luck at the casinos set in historic buildings.

The square was first laid out in 1630, and became a popular entertainment area in the mid-19th century. It was home to Turkish baths, burlesque houses, music halls and then later, movie houses such as the Empire and the Hippodrome. Visit the Hippodrome today and you will find one of the U.K.’s largest casinos. The Empire cinema remains open and is often the setting for star-studded red carpet premieres.

Head to the small garden at the center of the square, which features a marble statue of William Shakespeare surrounded by dolphins. Walk around the edge of the green space to see statues of other famous figures from English history. Look for Charlie Chaplin, William Hogarth and Sir Isaac Newton, among others.

In the northwest corner of the square, find the quirky Swiss glockenspiel. The stand-alone clock is 32 feet (9.8 meters) high and features 27 bells, 11 moving Swiss figures and a glass drum decorated with Swiss flags.

Stroll around the square to enjoy the lively buzz and then watch a movie in one of the cinemas. At the southwest corner, look at the floor plaques with handprints of famous actors, inspired by the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.

The square is one of the most crowded places in London, particularly on weekends. Arrive in the evening and watch its pedestrianized streets come to life with neon lights, revelers and nightclub music.

Leicester Square is on numerous bus routes and also has its own Underground station. While you are here, watch a play or a musical. London's theater district is right on the doorstep.

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The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
The price is NZ$196 per night from 18 Jul. to 18 Jul.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tower Bridge, Tower of London and HMS Belfast. The Shard and Excel Exhibition Centre ...
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"Absolutely stunning view of Tower Bridge. The beds are incredibly comfortable. Rooms were a bit tired but still good quality. All the staff were very helpful and polite."

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St Martins Lane London
St Martins Lane London
5 out of 5
45 St Martin's Lane, London, England
The price is NZ$394 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square. Piccadilly Circus and Big Ben are also within ...
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The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
The price is NZ$254 per night from 18 Jul. to 18 Jul.
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus and London Dungeon. Big Ben and ...
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St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel
St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel
3 out of 5
Bedford Avenue, London, England
The price is NZ$123 per night from 24 Jun. to 24 Jun.
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St Martins Lane London
St Martins Lane London
5 out of 5
45 St Martin's Lane, London, England
The price is NZ$394 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
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The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
The price is NZ$196 per night from 18 Jul. to 18 Jul.
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The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
The price is NZ$254 per night from 18 Jul. to 18 Jul.
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Thistle Piccadilly
Thistle Piccadilly
4 out of 5
Coventry Street, London, England
The price is NZ$271 per night from 24 Jun. to 24 Jun.
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Zedwell Piccadilly
Zedwell Piccadilly
3 out of 5
Great Windmill Street, London, England
The price is NZ$177 per night from 26 Jun. to 26 Jun.
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The Resident Soho
The Resident Soho
4 out of 5
10 Carlisle Street, London, England
The price is NZ$209 per night from 4 Jul. to 4 Jul.
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Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel, London
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel, London
5 out of 5
31-36 Leicester Square, London, England
The price is NZ$388 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
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W London
5 out of 5
10 Wardour Street, London, England
The price is NZ$509 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
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