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Leicester Square

Perfect place for a lazy afternoon of cafes and cinemas.

The Georgian House Hotel is a great place to stay if you are planning to visit Leicester Square. This famous square is based in West End and easy to reach walking, by bus or underground.
Leicester Square

London's Leicester Square

Leicester Square at night, is one of the busiest spots in London. Buskers entertain the crowds with anything from an impromptu song to a political rant, tourists pay good money to have their faces ridiculed by cruel cartoonists and suburban kids queue to dance the night away at the Hippodrome, Equinox or Maximus.

Especially on Friday and Saturday nights, the whole-pedestrianised area can seem like one big, youthful party. It wasn't always like this. Before the local council's long-awaited clean-up of Leicester Square in 1993, many locals avoided the area, mainly due to the small patch of grass at the centre of the square which was a haven for junkies. Now that's closed in the evenings and it is safe to wander through without tripping over piles of old, used needles.

Today a copy of the Shakespeare memorial in Westminster Abbey stands in the centre and a statue of Charlie Chaplin looks on from the edge next to busts of Sir Isaac Newton, William Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds - all of whom lived in the area during the 18th century.

But it wasn't until the mid-19th Century that the square began to be recognised as a playground for entertainment, with Turkish baths, oyster rooms and music halls sprouting up all over the place. Then in the 1930s movie mania set in and cinemas replaced the old-time attractions.

Leicester Square is still the perfect place to catch an afternoon matinee followed by a cappuccino and gossip in one of the many pavement cafes. The Square is a popular meeting place for friends looking for a drink and a chat after a hard days slog and for tourists who seem to enjoy congregating outside the tube station. The cinemas claim to be the biggest and best but consequently tickets are the most expensive in town.

People watching is one of Leicester Square's great attractions as representatives from virtually every country on little old planet earth walk past and simply gape at each other. Ordinary people are interesting enough but if you're really lucky you get the chance to eyeball visiting stars that attend the regular movie premieres.

Despite its movie-made image of constant fog, London does get hot from time to time. Luckily for Leicester Square visitors, there's a handily placed Haagen-Dazs where you can gorge yourself on Triple Brownie Overload until one in the morning.

For main-meal feed-ups, your best bet is to avoid the chain-store eateries such as Garfunkel's and Chiquitas that front the square and head instead for nearby Chinatown. The choice can be overwhelming with little to differentiate one prim Cantonese restaurant from another. Looking out for where the Chinese themselves eat is probably the best indicator of quality.

The Square is located Between Piccadilly and Covent Garden, just north of Trafalgar Square. Bus 24 will take you straight away from Victoria to beautiful Leicester Square.

For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leicester_Square

Georgian House Hotel is ideally situated in a very central location, so visiting sights all over London is quick and easy. Why not book Georgian House Hotel when you plan your trip to Leicester Square? You can book online or email to make a reservation on reception@georgianhousehotel.co.uk, or telephone on 0044(0)207 834 1438