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Leicester Square is one of the landmarks of the West End of London. It is a short walk from Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden and has its own tube station served by two lines. The name derives from the Earl of Leicester who bought land and built a house here in the 1630s. By the19th century it was home to numerous entertainments, a precursor of its current position at the heart of the entertainment district. The three cinemas round the Square are the locations for major film premières, and nightclubs, bars and restaurants front the Square. The Square is now pedestrianised and at the centre is a small garden. There are statues of Sir Isaac Newton, William Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds, all of whom lived in the vicinity. The statue of Shakespeare is a copy of the one in Westminster Abbey. The statue of Charlie Chaplin is more recent, as are the bronze hand prints of film stars set in the pavement. Plans have been drawn up for a major refurbishment to upgrade the Square and its surrounding streets and incorporate a venue for open-air entertainment.
The National Gallery
Located directly on Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery houses one of the world's most important collections of Western European art. In terms of architecture, the building is a spreading structure with a Neoclassical facade. The Sainsbury Wing (completed in 1991) features collections of early Italian and Northern Renaissance art painted between 1260 and 1610, as well as a dining room, theatre, information centre, and office space for the gallery. The East Wing (completed in 2004) houses portraits and landscapes dating from 1700 to 1920, including works by Hogarth, Gainsborough, and Monet. The North Wing is devoted to works from 1600 to 1700 and includes paintings by the Dutch and Flemish masters. The West Wing contains works from 1510 to 1600, including those by Michelangelo, Titian, and Dürer. Admission to the National Gallery is free, though some special exhibits/events may charge fees. Check the official Web site for public hours and for information about special showings or events.
Trafalgar Square is situated in the heart of London. It is one of the tourist attractions in London. The Nelson’s Column is at the centre of Trafalgar Square and it is guarded by four bronze lion statues at the base. The Nelson statue is 5.5 metre in height and it stands on top of the 46 metres tall granite column. It is honoured for the death of Admiral Horatio Nelson in 1805. The name of the square was honoured to the Battle of Trafalgar. There are two fountains, one on the western and one on the eastern side which are memorials to Lord Jellicoe and Lord Beatty. The National Gallery is on the northern side of the square. The square is famous for its pigeons. It was popular activities to feed the pigeons. In 2003, the Mayor of London has terminated the activities due to damages caused by bird droppings to the stonework and buildings and health hazard.
Zoo Nightclub & Bar London
The Zoo Bar & Club is located in the middle of Leicester Square. It is an ideal venue for lunches, leaving parties, social functions, private parties, hen nights and other simailar occasions. Zoo Bar is spread across two floors and can hold a total of 770 people. The club is made up of three different rooms which are all linked together. The lower club can be hired privately for parties for between 50 and 550 people. You can book a private party and there is no fee for this. Opening times are: Monday - Thursday -4pm - 3am, Friday: 4pm - 3.30am, Saturday: 12pm - 3.30am, Sunday: 3pm - 2am Prices for entry are as follows: Monday: Bar & Club: Free before 10pm, £5 before 11pm with valid student ID or Guestlist, £10 otherwise Tuesday - Wednesday: Bar & Club: £5 with valid student card or Guestlist, £7 otherwise Thursday: Free before 10pm, £5 before 11pm, £7 after 11pm Friday - Saturday: With a Guestlist booking, free before 10pm, £10 after Sunday: Prices subject to event - please call for details