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Leicester Square - What to See and Where to Eat and Drink (1.4 Km)

Updated: May 30

Start at Piccadilly Circus Station

Finish at Leicester Square Station


Discovery route around London's entertainment epicentre.

The southern area surrounding Leicester Square is ideal for exploring places to eat and drink. It is also a cultural hub and an entertainment hotspot with cinemas, theatres, casinos, and galleries. The route also includes iconic sights such as Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Pall Mall, and Piccadilly Circus.

It is great for bright lights, great atmosphere, history, iconic sights, entertainment venues, crowds, transport links, shops, cinemas, casinos, theatres, art galleries, museums, and many places to eat, drink and be merry.



Morning - Most of the route will be reasonably quiet except for the areas around Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. The best time to explore the route is early morning when the lighting is at its best and few people are around. It is also a great way to discover places for breakfast.

Day -This route will get busier during the day, especially around Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. However, there are plenty of places to stop for a light snack or a long lunch.

Evenings - This route will get busy around Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus in the evening. There are plenty of places to stop for a drink or an evening meal around Soho and Chinatown.


This 1.4 km route starts at Piccadilly Circus and heads down Coventry Street to the western edge of Leicester Square by Chinatown. It then heads south via the Haymarket with its famous theatres and then around the National Gallery and back into the heart of Leicester Square with its bright lights, cinemas and entertainment venues.

See the route at speed (2:10)

Use this to see what the route looks like as if you were doing it at speed and to make you more familiar with what you will see along the way.



Use 'My Google Maps' to explore the venues around Leicester Square and Chinatown. If you are using a mobile device, the map can help you find the start point for the route, navigate to places of interest, and show your position on the map.


What to see and places to eat, drink and be merry.

What to See List

Leicester Square Route - Pubs and Bars

Leicester Square Route - Places to Eat

Leicester Square Route - Things to Do



This gallery provides a descriptive and visual reference to many sights along this route.. Double-click to see the image in full size.



Around Piccadilly and the Haymarket

Around Trafalgar Square

Around Leicester Square



Click on the picture below to go on a 360 virtual tour of the shopping areas and look around.

Use the route to explore this location by looking around in 360, taking in the sights and sounds, listening to an audio recording about the area and going on a virtual tour.



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