Whether you’re a regular visitor to London or are preparing for your first ever trip to the capital, one place you are more than likely to spend some time at is Leicester Square, which can be found in the heart of the West End and is one of the city’s most famous landmarks.
As well as containing a number of great attractions itself, the square is also something of an apex, where many roads leading to some of the most popular places in town meet, so even if you don’t plan on staying for too long it’s almost inevitable that you’ll at least pass through while making your way between the city’s sites.
However, if you’ve never taken the time to explore Leicester Square before then it would be a shame not to stop and have a look around for a while.
For example, if you happen to be here in the evening you could be lucky enough to spot some Hollywood stars making their way down the red carpet, as Leicester Square is home to a number of cinemas – such as the Empire, the Odeon Leicester Square and the Odeon West End – that regularly host major movie premiers.
Alternatively, you may want to pay a visit to M&Ms World, which can also be found here. Inside, you’ll come across an incredible range of M&Ms merchandise and displays, not to mentions millions of the delicious coloured chocolates themselves. You can even by them by the colour, so if you want a whole pack of just reds, for example, then that’s what you’ll get.
Running along the back of Leicester Square is Wardour Street, which leads past Chinatown, through Soho and all the way up to Oxford Street – London’s most famous shopping street.
From the other end of the square, Long Acre leads towards Covent Garden, while following Charing Cross Road will take you southwards to Trafalgar Square.