Leicester Square

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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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3.5 out of 5
27 - 31 Charing Cross Road, London, England, WC2H 0LS
The price is $107 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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The Royal National Hotel
The Royal National Hotel
4 out of 5
38-51 Bedford Way, London, England, WC1H 0DG
The price is $137 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
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Zedwell Piccadilly
3 out of 5
Great Windmill Street, London, England, W1D 7DH
The price is $116 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
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3.5 out of 5
27 - 31 Charing Cross Road, London, England, WC2H 0LS
The price is $107 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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The Royal National Hotel
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4 out of 5
38-51 Bedford Way, London, England, WC1H 0DG
The price is $137 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
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3 out of 5
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The price is $116 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
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3.5 out of 5
56-60 Guildford Street, London, England, WC1N 1DB
The price is $150 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
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The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England, WC2R 0JJ
The price is $202 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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The Londoner
The Londoner
5 out of 5
38 Leicester Square, London, England, WC2H 7LL
The price is $489 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England, SE1 7UT
The price is $236 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
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Tavistock Hotel
Tavistock Hotel
3 out of 5
48-55 Tavistock Square, London, England, WC1H 9EU
The price is $131 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
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Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square
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4 out of 5
8 Northumberland Ave, (adjacent to Trafalgar Square), London, England, WC2N 5BY
The price is $217 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
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