Leicester Square is easily one of the most vibrant and exciting areas in all of London. It is widely known as the cinema district in London, but also features a variety of other attractions including clubs and restaurants and street performers and cartoonists lining certain portions of the streets. You can find Leicester Square tickets for half price on many theatre performances the day of if you simply know where to look. There are also a whole host of hotels in Leicester Square should you want to stay right down in the middle of all the action. From Leicester Square theatre performances to giant 1,600-seat cinemas, this is a part of London that is dedicated to one thing and one thing alone, your entertainment.
First of all, the location of Leicester Square within the City of Westminster could not be any better. Leicester Square is roughly equidistant from Soho, Piccadilly Circus, Cambridge Circus, and Covent Garden. Each of these districts in the city offer their own distinctive scenes and respectively some of the best shopping and sightseeing in the whole city. It is easy to catch a Leicester Square theatre performance and then head less than a mile north to Soho for a nice dinner at one of this chic neighborhood’s many fine eateries. Or perhaps you’re interested in taking in a matinee at one of the giant cinemas in Leicester Square followed by a light lunch and shopping on Cambridge Circus or Shaftesbury Avenue. So many options are available to you when you are in the Leicester Square Area. You will have an even better time and be able to save some budget for seeing the rest of the city and its attractions if you know where to purchase discounted tickets.
A company called TKTS offers a booth at Brent Cross that is the only official vendor of Leicester Square theatre tickets as in accordance with the Society of London Theatre. Most of the tickets that are on sale for performances that day that have not yet sold out are exactly half price. Be wary of other booths, street vendors, and kiosks that are advertising that they are the official booth for half-price tickets as many of these are not legitimate and should be avoided at all costs. The only way to guarantee that you are purchasing legitimate tickets and getting a real bargain is if you purchase from an authorized vendor like the TKTS booth at Brent Cross.
Theatre and cinema are a huge part of the Leicester Square dynamic, but so too is the club scene. Large and longstanding clubs such as the Hippodrome are massive, multi-level clubs that draw huge crowds of youth, especially on the weekends. It is a double bonus to come and party in such a vibrant area as Leicester Square. The area feature plaques, signs, and statues of celebrities from the world of entertainment and theatre and there is a general sense of celebration on this largely pedestrian area of London. If you are planning a visit to the city you should definitely try to work in a trip to this epicenter of entertainment in Westminster.
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