5 things to do in Leicester Square

5 things to do in Leicester Square

London’s Leicester Square attracts millions of visitors annually and is a hub of activity. While enjoying the general hustle and bustle of the square is enough for some visitors, there are lots of activities that can keep you busy and help you create memories from your time spent in England’s capital city.

So, with that in mind, here are five things you should consider during an upcoming visit to Leicester Square without breaking the bank. 

Grab a bite at TGI Fridays 

TGI Fridays is an American-themed restaurant franchise that has long been popular throughout the UK. The menu is quintessentially American, with delicious steaks, big plates, and delicious cocktails to wash everything down with.

You can even book in for the popular Fridays’ bottomless brunch – a great way to bring in the weekend in style. Given its location, Fridays is usually busy throughout the day in Leicester Square, so it makes sense to book a table ahead of time. 

Whether you’re rounding off a family day of sightseeing in the capital or planning a pre-theatre meal with friends, TGI Fridays is the perfect place to book a table.

Enjoy a night at one of two casinos

Leicester Square is home to two of London’s most famous casinos – the Empire and the Hippodrome. Even if you don’t gamble regularly, you can have a super fun night at the casino when you’re in London.

Set yourself a limit and convert your cash into chips while playing exciting table games and slot machines in these two legendary casinos. You can even dress to impress and channel your inner James Bond as you look to win at baccarat and roulette, which are perfect for beginner players to get the hang of quickly.

At the Empire Casino and the Hippodrome Casino, you will find bars and restaurants, plus all your gaming favourites like blackjack, roulette and slots. You’ll also find poker rooms in both venues, where Texas Hold’em is the most popular game.

Catch a premiere at Odeon 

While many people head to London’s West End to take in the latest theatre shows, Leicester Square is also a great place to catch a premiere at the Odeon Cinema. The latest releases show at the Odeon, and you can reserve tickets online or in person as you catch a new movie with your family and friends.

The Odeon is located in a beautiful 1937 art-deco building and is worth visiting for the architecture alone. Although people head to the cinema worldwide, not everyone can boast of catching a premiere at Leicester Square’s Odeon.

So, grab a bag of popcorn and a soda and sit back with your nearest and dearest as you enjoy one of the latest releases at one of London’s most iconic movie theatres. 

Enjoy live shows by street performers 

Leicester Square has a deserved reputation for being one of the best places in London to watch live shows put on by street performers. Depending on the day that you’re in Leicester Square, you might have the opportunity to watch talented dancers, musicians, or even magicians. There’s always something going on in Leicester Square, and this activity is free. 

However, if you appreciate the performance and admire the talent on show, it’s nice to put your hand in your pocket to reward the street performers with a tip – it helps them pay their bills, after all.

Tuck into afternoon tea at the Theatre Café 

Last but certainly not least, you can plan for a sumptuous afternoon tea at the iconic Theatre Café in Leicester Square. Described as “the stagiest place in London”, the Theatre Café is the perfect place to get a feel for London’s West End while enjoying some delicious food and beverages.

The quintessential British afternoon tea is replete with scones, jam, cream, and delicious sandwiches, washed down with a cup of earl grey tea.

Alternatively, you can order from an ever-changing menu to enjoy the latest bakes and treats in one of London’s most impressive cafes. 


Leicester Square is undoubtedly one of London’s main tourist attractions, with millions of visitors arriving yearly. The above five activities will help you make the most of your time in Leicester Square and ensure that you create memories that will stay with you long into the future.

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