Leicester Square information
Lonely Planet review
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.