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Leicester Square ( (listen) LES-tər) is a pedestrianised square in the West End of London, England. It was laid out in 1670 and is named after the contemporary Leicester House, itself named after Robert Sidney, 2nd Earl of Leicester.
The square was originally a gentrified residential area, with tenants including Frederick, Prince of Wales and artists William Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds. It became more down-market in the late 18th century as Leicester House was demolished and retail developments took place, becoming a centre for entertainment. Several major theatres were established in the 19th century, which were converted to cinemas towards the middle of the next. Leicester Square holds a number of nationally important cinemas such as the Odeon Leicester Square, Empire, Leicester Square, which are frequently used for film premieres (and the now closed Odeon West End). The nearby Prince Charles Cinema is popular for showing cult films and marathon film runs. The square remains a popular tourist attraction, including hosting events for the Chinese New Year.
The square has always had a park in its centre, which was originally Lammas land. The park's fortunes have varied over the centuries, reaching near dilapidation in the mid-19th century after changing ownership several times. It was restored under the direction of Albert Grant, which included the construction of four new statues and a fountain of William Shakespeare. The square was extensively refurbished and remodelled for the 2012 London Olympics, costing more than £15m and taking over 17 months to complete.
99 Club Leicester Square Reviews
We went on a Monday for a friends birthday and it was such good fun! Laughed almost all night and for just over £5 a ticket, it was such a cheap night out! Will definitely be returning. more »
Yet another great night at 99 Club. The other two comics and the compere were all excellent, but what a treat to see Russell Kane - we'd never seen him before. Extremely visual - physical theatre... more »
Comedy night, awesome acts. Every single one was hilarious. Staff were friendly, beer was priced at 5.50 for a small can of Camden Hells, which is a bit pricey but what you expect in venues now. Will go again, so much fun.
Had the pleasure of attending thursdays 'the 99 club' comedy performance. It's fair to say, they excelled expectations! Everyone we approached was super friendly and helpful, the acts were side splitting and everyone who worked there was able to orchestrate the most amazing atmosphere. Most certainly returning soon!
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