What to do in Leicester Square

An entertainment hub in the heart of London’s west end, Leicester Square is full of bars, clubs, pubs, shops, and theatres. Its been entertaining London since 1670 and underwent an extensive makeover in time for the 2012 Olympic Games. 

With so much to do here for all ages, I have put together a guide

shopping

Lego shop

Visit the world biggest Lego store, the huge space spread over 2 floors is the best place to shop for Lego sets, including rarer Lego sets. Come and see a life sized model of a London Underground train made from 637,903 Lego bricks and a 20 ft model of Big Ben with a working clock face. The unthusistic knowledge staff will be able to help with with every brick related querie you may have. 

M&M store

Yes really, there is a shop dedicated to the sweet treats, in fact it’s the world largest candy store, with 4 floors of treats.And it’s not just a sweet shop, with the store selling not only candy but related murhandise ranging from clothing to homeware. A truly magnificent sight of colour and candy. The store also contains the worlds largest chocolate wall.

Entertainment

Leicester Square has it all in terms of entertainment both day and night. Here are just a few

Hippodrome casino.

Pop in to the hippodrome for some casino fun

The biggest and best casino in the uk with 5 floors of entertainment and gambling. With world class gaming tables, electronic machines, a steak house and bars, you could easily spend hours in here. The casino was originally a theatre opened in 1900, and you can still find a live show here, a particular favourite amongst the ladies, it’s called magic mike, the story of a male stripper. 

Leicester Square box office

Looking for discounted theatre tickets for most of the top west end shows, then look no further than the main box office located on the square. Tickets available from shows like wicked to phantom of the opera. Seeing a show when your in London is a unforgettable experience. Up until 10 years ago I had never been to a west end show  until my partner convinced me to go, and now we go at least 5 times a year. 

The stand up club

London is great for comedy and If it’s laughter and comedy your looking for head to the stand up club, London’s best small comedy club featuring new break through acts as well as some top tv talents. Situated in a 4 storey grade II listed building, and only a 5 minute walk from Leicester Square station, this is a great place to come to enjoy an evening of laughter! 

Unfortunately, the venue can not accommodate wheel chair users.

Watch Disney lion king

A great way to spend the afternoon or evening (depending on which show you choose) for the whole family and people of all ages from 6 upwards. This magical, multi award wining show is Based on the 1994 Disney’s classic the lion king, featuring the music from the film, including Elton johns classic,  The Circle of life. The show is 2 hours and 30 minutes long with an interval of 30 minutes, enough time to go and grab a drink and some snacks. 

Eating and drinking 

With tons of bars, restaurants, quick eats and cafes to choose from in Leicester Square, it’s hard to get set something, so here are a few of my favourites.

Ichibuns 

This restaurant is a bit of a mix between Japanese and American cuisine. If your a lover of Japanese food, this is the best place in town!! Fantastic food, delicious cocktails and friendly staff. Serving wagyu burgers (wagyu is a generic name for beef in japan), sushi, and vegetarian and vegan options. This place has a buzzing modern vibe and the food is delicious. 

Leicester Square kitchen

A blend of Mexican and Peruvian tapas style foods and small plates ( shared dishes and small portions). The restaurant featured on celebrity master chef in 2018. A great place to stop for a bite before the theatre. The kitchen also offers a great range of vegetarian and vegan options, including homemade vegan nachos!! 

The restaurant also holds a margarita masterclass where you can learn the art of making Mexican and Peruvian cocktails.

Steak and co steakhouse

A steak lover? Head to steak and co just off Leicester Square for some of the city’s finest steaks, sourced from the las pampas region of South America. Steaks cooked to you taste, are first caramelised on the chargrill and the topped with a butter or source of your choice, and then simply melt in your mouth. A great choice of restaurant, especially for the reasonable price. 

Mr Fogg’s tavern

Come and immerse yourself in the world of mr Fogg,  a fictional carracter featuring in the story around the world in 80 days, written in 1872. The tavern is located between Leicester Square and Covent Garden. It is decorated in true Victorian style, with wood panels and memorabilia. Serving everything from fresh punch to a delicious pub lunch and some great tasting beers. There is a gin bar upstairs for the ever increasing number of gin lovers. Join in a good ol cockney sing along and soak up the atmosphere.

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