Things to do near Leicester Square
Catch some theatre
Leicester Square is in Theatreland, an area of a thousand theatres (alright, maybe less…only maybe). There really is no need to list the theatre names here, because you will be tripping over rolls of red carpet as soon as you get off the train. Here’s a tip though: opt for a musical and buy your tickets from the TKTS booth in the middle of Leicester Square. It will save you a bunch off the ticket price and with world-famous names to choose from, you are bound to have a memorable evening.
Visit the National Gallery
If you have lived in London your whole life and never once went to the London Eye, you will be forgiven. However, not so with the National Gallery. Whenever I am nearby and have time to kill, I pop in for another visit. Cezanne, Monet, Rubens…the National Gallery has it all. Evening visits are somehow particularly enjoyable, so remember that the gallery is open until 9pm on Fridays.
Watch new cinema releases
Leicester square is (almost) as much about film as it is about theatre. In a narrow street called Leicester Place, you will find the quaint little Prince Charles Cinema. It’s cosy, iconic and has a dedicated following. They screen old Hollywood classics, arthouse film, intense movie marathons and sing-a-longs. In the square itself, there are a few large movie theatres, as well as an outdoor cinema in summer. You might find yourself bumping into famous actors if you happen to chance on a large premiere.