In 1670 Leicester Square was laid out south of a former royal building called Leicester House. It was a very stylish zone where the world renowned scientist Sir Isaac Newton and the famous artist Hogarth lived. However, towards the end of the 20th century this square became an unattractive location for both Londoners and tourists.

Westminster Council made investments in the region during the 1990’s and this square is now home to some of London’s largest cinemas, such as The Empire Cinema. Today, many London premiers are held in Leicester Square.

This square is also famous for its kiosks, selling cut-price theatre tickets and at night it is one of the busiest spots in London, where buskers, tourists and young people meet to go to the multiplex cinemas and nightclubs such as the Hippodrome, Equinox and Maximus.

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