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Leicester Square is located in London's West End in the city of Westminster, which is also home to Parliament, Big Ben, and other prominent landmarks. Nearby Charing Cross Road, Lisle, Orange, and Whitcomb streets make up the border of the square. A public park lies at the center of the street, which is bordered on all sides by walkways, making Leicester Square one of the most pedestrian-friendly areas in the city.
Leicester Square is centrally located, resting an equal distance from the popular Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, and Cambridge Circus. Thanks to its location, proximity to public transportation and vibrant atmosphere, Leicester Square is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. Whether arriving simply to sight-see, catch a film at one of the local cinemas, or taking advantage of discount theatre tickets, there's plenty of reasons to stop off in Leicester Square.
The square has its own tube station, making it easy to travel to from anywhere in the city. Because there is no traffic within the square, tourists are able to leisurely browse the surrounding area, and street performers and artists have space to perform. The park itself is kept well-maintained and is a bright, refreshing patch of green in an otherwise industrialized part of the city.
Leicester Square gets its name from Robert Sidney, the second Earl of Leicester. He purchased four acres of Saint Martin's Field in 1630 and built his large home at the northern side. A portion of the area was fenced off and turned into a large private garden.
The rest of the land was kept open as a common area for parishioners. Over time, Leicester Square went from being a fashionable residential area to a center for public entertainment, and Leicester House itself was turned into a museum before being finally demolished in 1792.
The gardens and the surrounding square passed through the hands of several private owners before becoming the property of Westminster in the 19th century. The gardens and the square are now open to all visitors, and the area around the square has been developed with shops, theatres, cinemas, restaurants, and hotels.
In modern times, Leicester Square is still a center for entertainment in London. A Shakespeare fountain sits in the center of the small park at the square's core; the park is bordered by several other statues of great minds, including Sir Isaac Newton and Charlie Chaplain.
Leicester Square is perhaps best known for its cinema. It features several different movie theaters, and it routinely hosts premieres for massive Hollywood blockbusters. It's also a popular venue for shopping and dining, and there are several live performances that take place in the square.