Top ten things to do in and around Leicester Square, London

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One of the most iconic areas of London, Leicester Square is an epicentre of entertainment for visitors of all ages.

With a plethora of amazing attractions to choose from, those staying at the Grand Royal Hotel Inverness Terrace will be spoilt for choice when heading over to Leicester Square to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.

Here are ten of our favourite activities in and around Leicester Square, so regardless of whether you’re taking a trip to London as a couple, for a family weekend away or much-needed get together with friends, you’re sure to find something that piques your interest.

The Heart of Theatreland

Staying at our hotels near Queensway station means that you aren’t just a short Tube ride away from Leicester Square, you’re able to reach the heart of Theatreland too!

Theatre in London

Leicester Square marks the start of the West End – here you’re able to find several famous theatres dotted around the area.

From toe-tapping musicals to world-famous stage shows such as Les Miserables, you’re sure to find a show that’s perfect for you and your group during your stay at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel.

Leicester Square is also a great place to buy tickets too, so take your time perusing the many booths and box offices to find the perfect show for you and your group.

Spot some ‘celebrities’

Leicester Square really is an area with an eclectic mix of things to see and do, so if you’re a fan of the history of the golden age of cinema, why not see if you can spot some of the notable British personalities of the past when staying at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park?

Statues of William Shakespeare

With statues of William Shakespeare, Sir Issac Newton and silent film star Charlie Chaplin, you only need take a stroll around the area to find famous faces during your time in Leicester Square.

Take a wander to Trafalgar Square for a great selfie spot

The great thing about Leicester Square is its close proximity to several other interesting parts of London. With an excellent public transport network, those staying at our hotels near Queensway station are never far from all the action. It takes just 19 minutes via Tube using the Central line to get to Leicester Square.

Trafalgar Square London

Located just a short stroll away from Leicester Square, you’ll also find Trafalgar Square with the impressive Nelson’s Column, an array of ornamental statues and iconic plinths featuring important figures of the past making it the perfect spot for a few selfies.

Visit the National Gallery

Art lovers won’t want to miss a visit to the National Gallery during their time in London. If you have an interest in European art, it’s a must do while staying at the Grand Royal hotel Inverness Terrace.

National Gallery London

With a range of talks, tours and exhibitions available for visitors, make sure you set aside at least half a day to visit this famous gallery as there are so many priceless pieces of artwork to see.

A Lego lover’s paradise

If you’ll be bringing the whole family for a visit to our hotels near Queensway Station, then it’s a good idea to leave a little extra space in your luggage as Leicester Square is home to Lego’s London flagship store!

Featuring an amazing collection of London inspired products to take home and some jaw-dropping displays of Lego including a huge and very realistic Big Ben, it’s a great spot to grab a few gifts for the little ones and while away an hour or two.

Harry Potter Walking Tour

Fans of the world’s most famous wizard will be delighted to discover that the Harry Potter Walking Tour leaves Leicester Square every day during dry weather. This is an easy way to discover some famous film landmarks on foot if you’re new to the city.

Just make sure you wear some comfortable footwear before you leave our hotels near Queensway station as you’ll be spending a few interesting hours taking in a number of famous backdrops to several of the popular films.

Visit the London Coliseum

Located just a three-minute stroll from Leicester Square, you’ll find the home of English National Opera at the London Coliseum. With a decadent and highly ornate interior, guests enjoying a weekend break at the Grand Royal hotel Inverness Terrace might be lucky enough to catch a performance of Swan Lake or even a show by a more contemporary artist.

Marvel at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Filled to the brim with weird and wonderful displays, Ripley’s Believe It or Not is a popular spot for visitors to Leicester Square. A great attraction for a wet afternoon or after a leisurely breakfast at our hotels near Queensway Station, you won’t believe your eyes when you encounter some of the quirky and curious displays on offer.

Laugh out loud at the Comedy Store

A must for couples or groups making a visit to London, the Comedy Store showcases the talents of both famous comedic acts and the latest talent from all over the globe.

Many famous faces have graced the stage at the Leicester Square Comedy Store over the years, so when you and your group arrive at the Grand Royal hotel Inverness Terrace, ask the concierge to provide you with details of any shows available during your stay.

A great night out for adults, the Comedy Store is one of the most popular spots for seekers of belly laughs and great entertainment, so make sure that you try and catch a show during your time in the city.

Splash the cash

If you’re looking to splash the cash and give your credit card a workout during your trip to London, there are several big high street brand stores located around Leicester Square for a little retail therapy.

For those with a sweet tooth, make sure you pay a visit to Europe’s biggest sweet shop that’s big enough to house more than a hundred double-decker buses – now that’s some serious candy space!