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Leicester Square to get the world’s largest LEGO store
Leicester Square to get the world’s largest LEGO store

Leicester Square to get the world’s largest LEGO store

The long queues outside the LEGO store in Leicester Square have sent their message, and that message is that they need a bigger shop. So later this summer, that's what's arriving - the world's largest LEGO store.

Apr
13
London’s Alleys: Hunt’s Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Hunt’s Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Hunt’s Court, WC2

This is a short grim dank smelly alley behind Leicester Square more notable for the rubbish bins pilled up inside it, and yet, it has a long and sometimes unexpected history.

Mar
07
Cluster of Leicester Square buildings set for demolition
Cluster of Leicester Square buildings set for demolition

Cluster of Leicester Square buildings set for demolition

A corner block of buildings in Leicester Square, including the large Burger King, is likely to be demolished under plans by the landlord to seek a new tenant for the site.

Aug
04
2021
The Iron Throne is coming to Leicester Square
The Iron Throne is coming to Leicester Square

The Iron Throne is coming to Leicester Square

The famous throne from the famous TV series will be making a publicity appearance in London this summer to mark the 10th anniversary of the TV show.

Apr
23
2021
Unbuilt London: London and Westminster Improved
Unbuilt London: London and Westminster Improved

Unbuilt London: London and Westminster Improved

In 1766, a plan was published for the improvements of London and Westminster that could have resulted in Trafalgar Square as we know it today looking rather more like Leicester Square.

Aug
19
2020
A grand Coat of Arms on a car park
A grand Coat of Arms on a car park

A grand Coat of Arms on a car park

Down a side street in the corner of a shabby entrance to a car park can be found a grand coat of arms. What's that doing here?

Jul
09
2020
The Londoner hotel – Leicester Square’s tall blue tower
The Londoner hotel – Leicester Square’s tall blue tower

The Londoner hotel – Leicester Square’s tall blue tower

A tall blue tower has risen on a corner of Leicester Square -- a new cinema and hotel due to open shortly.

Jul
08
2020
Wider pavements for West End streets
Wider pavements for West End streets

Wider pavements for West End streets

The two roads that run from Leicester Square towards Trafalgar Square are to get a major revamp with wider pavements and fewer cars.

Feb
19
2020
Inside London’s own Notre Dame church
Inside London’s own Notre Dame church

Inside London’s own Notre Dame church

One of the more famous churches in London can be found just off Leicester Square, and was also once home to an even more famous entertainment venue.

Sep
12
2019
London’s Alleys: Cranbourn Alley, WC2
London’s Alleys: Cranbourn Alley, WC2

London’s Alleys: Cranbourn Alley, WC2

This short alley next to Leicester Square is undeniably the underbelly of the glitzy lights of the West End. A dingy space of back doors and air conditioning units, or dubious smells and garish signs. It's perfect.

Jul
29
2019
London’s Alleys: Whitcomb Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Whitcomb Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Whitcomb Court, WC2

This is one of those dirty alleys that that overflows with rubbish and mess, but it also has the moon in the midst of its grime and clutter.

Jul
22
2019
Inside The Londoner, a new hotel for Leicester Square
Inside The Londoner, a new hotel for Leicester Square

Inside The Londoner, a new hotel for Leicester Square

A building site next to Leicester Square will soon become a cinema and hotel -- and recently there was a chance to look around while it's still concrete and steel.

Jul
03
2019
Tickets Alert: Hard hat tours of new hotel and cinema in Leicester Square
Tickets Alert: Hard hat tours of new hotel and cinema in Leicester Square

Tickets Alert: Hard hat tours of new hotel and cinema in Leicester Square

A large hotel with large cinema some 6 storeys below ground is currently under construction, and there will be tours of the building site next month.

May
09
2019
The missing murmurations of Leicester Square
The missing murmurations of Leicester Square

The missing murmurations of Leicester Square

Some thirty years ago, visitors to the cinemas of Leicester Square were warned to carry a copy of the Evening Standard with them -- as protection.

Aug
16
2014
Dante’s Modern Inferno at Leicester Square
Dante’s Modern Inferno at Leicester Square

Dante’s Modern Inferno at Leicester Square

If Dante were alive today, I would have found his muse in a multi-layer confection of artificial colours and smells designed to deafen the senses into mute submission.

Feb
24
2014

The Victorian Panopticon in London’s Leicester-Square

In the days prior to the development of the mass-market cinema, one of the most popular forms of morally suitable entertainment was to visit a site of ephemeral entertainments in the cities. These “fun fairs” would promote themselves as displays

May
08
2010