Date Night in Leicester Square
For a quirky take on Leicester Square, there’s a choice of venues that provide a break from the norm. Head to the Belgian Spiegeltent in the Square’s central gardens and take in one of the more eccentric cabaret shows. Browse all things quirky and Japanese at the newly opened Japan Centre, where waving cats, Hello Kitty, panda picnic mats and kokeshi dolls sit alongside the sushi and Japanese pop culture noodles. Be immersed in festive fantasy and take in a film from Picturehouse Central’s ‘enchanted’ programme. The cinema has a special dining package throughout November and December where couples can sit in splendour in the cinema’s bars, restaurants and lounges. Try a burger freakshake at the Heliot Steak Restaurant and dine in the memory of the restaurant’s namesake, Claire Heliot. One of the early performers at The Hippodrome in the early 1900’s, she was famous worldwide for feeding raw meat to lions on stage.
The hipsters’ date night focuses on those new and cool hangouts yet to hit the mainstream radar. Tucked just off the main square, the W-hotel’s new bar launches in November and is set to be the place for some killer cocktails. Its roof top spa is also somewhat of a hidden gem – the perfect pamper hideaway. Making its debut on the dining scene, within the Square’s new Victory House Hotel, is the Petit Bistro restaurant. It will offer a Parisian street dining experience peppered with New York influences. While the Leicester Square Kitchen satisfies the current trend for Peruvian and Mexican street food. For a theatrical moment, as well as the Christmas cabaret, the hipster crew can indulge their penchant for live performance at the Harold Pinter Theatre, where the intellectual thriller Oslo is set to impress this festive season.
With giggles guaranteed, Leicester Square has a great line-up of options combining love with laughter. For some slapstick farce, the superb Comedy About a Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre is a must-see. While, The Comedy Store, the birthplace of London’s stand-up scene, is certain to be a winner and quash any date night nerves. Insta-lovers can snuggle up to the giant M&M and Bubba Shrimp characters to capture their fun-loving day. Or indulge their comic tendencies with some eccentric items from the many souvenir and gift shops.
Date night for the experience seekers needs to offer more than just lovers chat, so a DIY focused itinerary is the evening of choice:
Portland, USA export MOD pizza is perfect for the DIY couple, enabling them to make their own bespoke pizza before heading to the Christmas market to browse the festive stalls. The Lego flagship store offers an opportunity to demonstrate creative skills and build a bespoke LEGO character from the impressive display of bricks. Why not extend the evening with an overnight stay and ‘movie maker’ package at the Square’s newest Victory House Hotel, there’s the chance to get behind the camera, head out with some filming equipment and shoot a dating adventure.
Leicester Square, home to over 52 star studded red carpet premieres each year, makes the ideal backdrop for couples on a mission for some glamour:
Get dressed up and tread in the red-carpet footsteps of Hollywood’s finest at one of the Square’s big-screen cinemas. There’s also the chance to snap some envy inspiring selfies with a film star if date night coincides with a premiere. Admire the sparkling Christmas lights of the Leicester Square garden from the glamourous surrounds of the new and opulent pop-up Champagne bar at the Hampshire Hotel. Be whisked away to the glamour of Belle Epoque Paris and dine in Soho House’s buzzy ‘grand’ Café Monico, where celebrated executive chef Rowley Leigh has created a sumptuous French-style menu. Finish the night with a cocktail masterclass at one of the audacious casinos, where the roulette spins all night long.