Leicester Square

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Leicester Square information

Location
London , England
Getting there
Tube: Leicester Sq
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Although Leicester Sq was very fashionable in the 19th century, the last few decades have had it synonymous with antisocial behaviour, rampant pickpocketing and outrageous cinema ticket prices (a whopping £16!). As part of the Diamond Jubilee and 2012 Olympics celebrations, the square was given an extensive £15.5 million makeover to turn it once again into a lively plaza.

Today a sleek, open-plan design replaces the once-dingy little park. It retains its many cinemas and nightclubs, and as a glamorous premiere venue it still attracts celebrities and their spotters. At the time of writing the much beloved Shakespeare Fountain (1874) was getting a facelift.