What to see and do around Leicester Square
Of all London's most famous landmarks and neighbourhoods, one place that gets really mixed reviews is Leicester Square, with this iconic destination in the very heart of the capital being one of the busiest and most hectic spots in town.
However, that's not to say Leicester Square should be avoided, as the truth is that there are loads of great attractions in the area, as long as you know where to find them and how to navigate your way through the crowds.
For example, M&M's World can be found on the corner of the square itself, so if you're in the mood for some chocolate or simply want to take a look at the weird and wonderful products and displays that are inside then it's well worth stopping by.
Free to enter, the venue contains a huge array of M&M-themed gifts and other items, and is visually stunning too.
Alternatively, you could find yourself rubbing shoulders with stars while in Leicester Square, as it's here that most major Hollywood movies have their European premieres. Indeed, with four major cinemas located within the square itself, there's always a good chance of spotting someone famous strolling down the red carpet, so make sure you have your camera at the ready.
If you'd rather go to the theatre, meanwhile, then Leicester Square is the place to pick up your tickets - especially for the more popular shows. The ticket booth run by TKTS has been located here for over 20 years and over that time has become famous among theatregoers as the cheapest place in London to get tickets for the city's top shows. It's particularly useful for those who want to get into some of the more popular musicals, as it sells same-day tickets.
Leicester Square is also home to a range of London's most famous entertainment venues, including the likes of the Comedy Store, and is located within walking distance of the Montcalm Hotel.