London - Leicester Square & Trafalgar Square

Just up the road from Soho and walking distance to Oxford Street you have the beautiful Leicester Square (when it's not full of workmen doing it up). Famous for all sorts of fabulousness this famous square is home to some of the countries most famous Cinemas and restaurants in the world. With many a film premiere happening in the square itself it is often donned with red carpets and glittering celebs.

Amongst the red carpets and glittering celebs there is Chocolate... A huge, huge amount of it under one roof. The M&M store. It is both love and hate for me, I love that it is so bright, colourful and fun but I hate that the smell draws me in so that I buy the god damn stuff when I know I shouldn't. The M&M shop is a great place to grab your random presents for your mates back home, so it is full of tourists. It also has some great photo opportunities in store with giant M&M figures and a huge M&M style London Red Bus (as in the picture). The photo above was my 'do I? Don't I?' shopping face, it is often found in shops in which I shouldn't really be in.

There are quite a few restaurants, casinos and bars in the square catering for all tastes and purse sizes, beware though, it does get quite busy and drunken on some evenings *coughs* Weekends, so if you want a quiet night out, this isn't the place to go.

Not far from Leicester Square is Trafalgar Square with the awesome Nelson's Column and the National Portrait Gallery, bringing you some much loved London history and culture along with some pretty good selfie opportunities.

Then if you turn down a different street from Leicester Square you get to Piccadilly Circus too, which again is a great spot for shopping and a selfie. The Trocadero Centre is by far the best point of interest in Piccadilly Circus in my eyes but then there is Ripley's Believe It Or Not, which is a great place for kids too so I am torn... just do both!

Recommended Places -

Bars/Pubs - For a traditional English Pub try The Clarence (53 Whitehall, SW1) or The Only Running Footman near Berkeley Square (5 Charles St, W1)

Places to Eat - For Afternoon tea or a bite to eat try Fortnum & Mason (181 Piccadilly, W1), CafΓ© in the Crypt (St-Martin-In-The-Fields, Trafalgar Sq, WC2) or for a slap up Italian meal try Al Duca (4-5 Duke of York St, SW1)

Art and Culture - Royal Academy of Arts (Burlington House, W1) or National Portrait Gallery (St Martin's Pl, WC2)

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