Leicester Square – The Place to Be


London has so many attractions and places of interest which you simply must visit when you are next in the capital, and Leicester Square has to be on top of the list. It is a thriving, buzzing hive of activity, and you certainly won’t run out of things to see and do should you venture into the centre.

It is situated right next to the opulent English National Opera House, beautiful Prince of Wales Theatre and fascinating National Portrait Gallery, so is ideal if you want to soak up a bit of culture and educate yourself in the arts. And, with a diverse and wide ranging assortment of bustling city bars, traditional ale houses and fine dining establishments, you will be spoilt for choice if you fancy a quick drink or bite to eat.

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For avid film fans, there is a range of auditoriums in which to watch the latest blockbuster and feast on popcorn, nachos and sweet treats with the flicks. From the spacious Cineworld to the historic Empire and the ever-popular ODEON, there really is something for everyone. All tastes and preferences are catered for, and you can even take the whole family if there is something which the kids have been desperate to see for weeks.

Going to the movies is a fantastic way in which to spend quality time together, and you can always round the evening off in style with a burger or pizza if you are peckish after the credits have rolled. Many cinemas offer special deals and have secret showings which you need to book months in advance, but they are worth the wait. burgeurger nd authentic

For example, the recent ‘Hateful Eight’ 70mm roadshow version was only screened at the ODEON Leicester, and attracted a huge following. In the 1950s, people used to get dressed in all their finery to attend film premieres, and were given a detailed programme with all the behind-the-scenes info. You could enjoy a musical interlude, relax during a 10 minute interval and enjoy the comforts of plush, luxurious reserved seating.

This is why roadshows nowadays are so popular, as they recreate the electric ambiance of the 50s, and make the cinema-going experience truly memorable and enjoyable.

If you fancy a flutter, then why not head on down to the Hippodrome Casino and see if you can make a fortune on the roulette wheel or practice your poker face? The casino is renowned for its lavish surroundings and fantastic live entertainment. With four floors packed to the brim with slots, tables and live sports matches on the big screen, it is perfect for stag and hen weekends, or weekends away with friends.

Theatres near Leicester Square are also plentiful, as the West End is just a stone’s throw away. So, if you have wanted to see a performance for ages but have been wondering where to go in order to make the experience worthwhile, then you cannot go wrong with the Lyceum Theatre, Lyric Theatre or the world-famous London Palladium. These auditoriums are spacious, spectacular and stunning.

Leicester Square station is easily accessible, and there are regular trams running from all major train destinations, so you will not have to wait hours in order to board the next service. It is situated on the Northern and Piccadilly Line, and is nestled between Charing Cross and Tottenham Court Road.

Manchester, York and Edinburgh are all famous for their Christmas markets, but even they pale into insignificance when you consider how popular the markets are in the capital. If you want to visit Santa in his grotto, sip Gluhwein with the girls or sink your teeth into a large Bratwurst sausage then Leicester Square is the place to be.

If it is blowing a gale outside, then why not delve into the comforting folds of a vintage Speigeltent-which is a velvety wooden home to a well-stocked variety of festive shows. It is a true taste of Germany without the expensive plane fares, airport delays and taxi charges.

Parking is also relatively expensive, as you can drive up to the nearest NCP for less than £3 per hour, and guarantee a ride home at the end of the night.

After an evening of revelry and merriment, you will be glad of the comforts offered by the friendly staff at the Piccadilly London West End Hotel. This particular guesthouse has so many attractive features and facets which have to be seen to be believed, and the customer service is incomparable. All guest suites come with the latest amenities such as tea and coffee making facilities so you can make a nice hot brew when you come in from the cold.

For booking information, or to make any other enquires call 020 7871 6000 for more information.