One of my favourite spots in London is Leicester Square, where there is always something going on, and I’m lucky enough to get to walk through it every day on my way to and from work.
Most people will know Leicester Square as the bustling place it is, teeming with tourists looking around in wonder; street artists painting, dancing or doing magic tricks surrounded by onlookers; people trying to grab your attention promoting restaurants and clubs; and every so often queues of people screaming and cheering as celebrities make their way up the red carpet for the next big film premier.
But, early in the morning, before the shops are open and the tourists start exploring, the Square is still and quiet, the only sound the falling water of the fountain that sits in the very centre. It’s like walking through an entirely different place.
Even when busy, the centre of the Square is like a little bubble away from the bright lights and madness. The fountain sits in the middle, topped with a statue of William Shakespeare. Children (and the occasional adult) jump around trying to avoid the jets of water that splash up into the air. On sunny days people spread out on the grass for a picnic or for a rest from a tiring day of sightseeing around London. Even when I’m in a rush to catch my train there is always something to make me smile when walking through here.
Since the monument to Shakespeare was restored last year, Leicester Square is picture perfect and a wonderful place to visit in the heart of London.