Leicester Square is the heart of tourist London. Where you can see bright lights, street performances and much, much more. So, in a place where there is plenty to do and see, our treasure trail reveals the most interesting and curious things. Our Codebreaking Trambles in Leicester Square takes in the lesser known spots, as well as some of the statues in the heart of the square.
We have never seen Leicester Square not busy and, as the heart of tourist London, that is little surprise. The Square itself is home to cinemas, M&M world and several statues of famous faces. While you are there it is also worth checking out the ticket booth for any discount theatre tickets and some of the street performances that are bound to be happening.
A little to the North of Leicester Square is the beautiful Seven Dials, one of our favourite spots in London. Seven streets coming off a small roundabout you can be at Neal's Yard very quickly or in the Seven Dials shopping complex.
If you are a Londoner who hasn't whittled away a few hours sitting at Trafalgar Square then you need to take a hard look at yourself. Like Leicester Square this place is always busy. Look out for the pretty St Martin-in-the-Fields church nearby.
No visit to Leicester Square is complete without a look through Chinatown. The markets are fun, the colours vibrant and there are plenty of places to sit and eat. One of our favourite activities for a date is Chinatown Restaurant Roulette but if you are not feeling daring, here are our top picks:
Baiwei (8 Little Newport St, WC2H 7JJ | 020 7494 3605)
Plum Valley (19 Gerrard St, W1D 6JQ | 020 7494 4366)