Leicester Square is named after the Earl of Leicester’s 17th-century mansion, Leicester House, which was originally situated on the northern edge of the plot.
Leicester Square is one of London’s main entertainment venues. If you visit in the evening, then the place will be buzzing with people in the pubs and clubs and three huge cinemas.
If you visit on a film première night, then you may even see a few movie stars walking down the red carpet.
Although the place is usually fit to burst with tourists at night, a visit to the square in the sunshine hours can be a very pleasant affair – this is where Londoners come to eat their lunch and relax in the shady trees of Leicester Square garden.
You can also see some statues to the great and good: William Shakespeare has a fountain in the centre, and Charlie Chaplin and Isaac Newton have busts around the sides.
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