7 unmissable half-term holiday treats in London’s home of entertainment - Leicester Square
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7 unmissable half-term holiday treats in London’s home of entertainment

Filled with film-fan must-haves, flagship shopping on a titanic scale, and family-friendly restaurants helping your budget stretch further, here's our handy half-term guide to what's on in Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.

23/10/2020 - 01/11/2020

at Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, London.

Looking for a happy half-term holiday?


This October half-term has plenty of family-friendly fun for you to explore while London’s streets are quieter.

From the likes of our Scenes in the Square interactive film trail, family-friendly cinema sensations and mouth-watering menus to get stuck into, we’re sure we’ve got just what you’re looking for to keep the kids entertained all week in Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.

Whatever you decide, get ready to spoil your family silly in London’s home of entertainment.

Here’s our quick guide so you can plan your perfect half-term holiday.

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Excite your senses to the Scenes in the Square film trail


Looking for film-themed outdoor fun?

Immerse your family in the world of film with the Scenes in the Square interactive film statue trail. Hop onto your brooms to discover Harry Potter. Scour the buildings to find DC’s Super Heroes Batman and Wonder Woman. Budge up on a bench next to Paddington and Mr Bean. Burst into song with musical stars Mary Poppins and Gene Kelly. Or, career into comedy capers with comedy duo Laurel and Hardy or the brilliant Bugs Bunny.

Plus, tune-in to the ultimate soundtrack to your journey with the audio walking tour. Narrated by TV’s Alex Zane and specially designed with social distancing in mind, it’s the perfect accompaniment to your journey.

Packed with movie clips, trivia, humour and interviews with stars including Paddington’s Hugh Bonneville and Gene Kelly’s wife and biographer Patricia Ward Kelly, the tour is available on all podcast platforms.

Learn more about the audio walking tour here.

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Big screen bonanza’s at ODEON Luxe Leicester Square


Want to get back to watching films on the big screen?

Pop-out the popcorn and immerse yourself in movies with the all-new safer cinema experience at ODEON Luxe Leicester Square, London’s home of premieres.

Screenings Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite for the little ones, Christopher Nolan’s spy thriller Tenet for older kids, plus Harry Potter films for the perfect accompaniment to your visit to Harry Potter’s statue on the Scenes in the Square trail, there’s no better time to rediscover ODEON’s most luxurious cinema.

ODEON have taken every possible step to protect public health, including hand sanitation stations, enhanced hygiene and cleaning measures throughout the cinema, and one-way systems to help guide guests around, so you can rest assured its safe to visit.

Whatever you decide, get ready to watch must-see movies in Leicester Square, London’s home of film.

See what’s on and book your tickets online here.

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Eye-popping shopping at the world’s largest LEGO® Store


Looking to inspire your little one’s creative genius?

Get set to spend more time at home with gifts you know they’ll cherish from the LEGO® Store in Leicester Square.

Offering two-floors of LEGO®  fun and the biggest selection of exclusive and hard to find LEGO® packs including the classic collection, Batman, Disney, Star Wars, LEGO® City and Creator sets, there’s a great gift for the whole family to enjoy.

Plus, don’t miss the huge LEGO® model of London’s famous clocktower, Big Ben as you walk through the doors. Towering at an incredible 6.53 metres tall, LEGO® Big Ben has a working clock that’s illuminated at night – just like the real thing! As well as Big Ben, there are loads of other fantastic models to make the heart of every LEGO® fan beat a little faster.

So, what are you waiting for? Pop-in store while you still can.

Discover more online.

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A mighty mega-store experience at M&M’s World


Looking for a sweet treat for the little ones?

Get ready to rediscover the world’s largest candy store. Spread over four floors, filled with chocolatey fun, M&M’s World in Leicester Square is large enough to house over 100 double decker buses.

Feast your eyes on the world’s largest wall of chocolate and create your own chocolate pick’n’mix selection from over 100 different M&M varieties. Plus, add a personal touch and get your faces printed on your M&M’s and give a loved one a spectacular gift with special chocolate selfie.

Offering oodles of M&M’s merchandise and bundle loads of fun whilst exploring the store, there’s no place better to stock up on chocolate this half-term.

Discover more online. Or, call for any queries using the following details:

T: +44 (0)20 7025 7171

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Film-themed dining at Bubba Gump Shrimp


Immerse your family in a world inspired by the Forest Gump film at Bubba Gump Shrimp.

Shrimp is of course the specialty, but there’s something for everyone to enjoy from this American style menu. From sizzling steaks and grills, to crispy salads and decadent desserts, whatever you decide, get ready to make your mouth water as you fill-up on from a fabulous menu.

You can rest assured it’s safe to rediscover this gem of London’s West End as the team have introduced enhanced hygiene, safety and social distancing measures in line with government guidelines.

So, go on. What are you waiting for?

Book your table online here. Or, call or email using the following details:

T: +44 (0)20 3763 5288

E: info@bubbagumpshrimp.co.uk

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Refuel at the Rainforest Café


Rediscover a wild-side to eating out at one of London’s most memorable family-dining experiences, the Rainforest Café.

Dine under a starry night sky surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Amazon rainforest. Explore the tropical showers, cascading waterfalls and magnificent rainforest animals, brought to life with the help of stunning special effects and lifelike animatronics.

Serving fresh pasta and salads or juicy steaks and burgers, from just £13.90 for a kids meal including a side, drink and dessert, there’s something for all the family to enjoy.

Plus, whilst your waiting for your order to arrive, why not pick-up a new favourite cuddly toy from the gift shop upstairs?

Whatever you decide, get ready for an immersive family-dining experience like no other, seconds away from Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.

Book your table online here. Or, call or email using the following details:

T: +44 (0)20 7434 3111

E: saleslon@therainforestcafe.co.uk

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Feed the whole family for less at Bella Italia


Discover family-friendly favourite Bella Italia for a great new Eat Out to Help Out deal this autumn.

Every Monday to Wednesday, from Monday 19th  October until Wednesday 28th October 2020 inclusive, and from 11:30am to close, you can get any pizza or pasta, plus a drink, for just £10.

To get this offer you must download your code here prior to your visit – you can see the full T&Cs too, including which drinks are part of this amazing deal!

Fret not, Bella Italia have enhanced their health and safety and social distancing measures so you can rest assured it’s safe to visit. Check out Bella’s Covid FAQs here.

So, get ready to treat your family to a taste of Italy seconds away from Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. Booking isn’t essential, but is recommended due to current reduced capacity in our restaurants.

Make a reservation online here at your preferred location. Or, call or email the Cranbourn Street branch using the following details:

T: +44 (0)20 7734 1246

E: CranbournSt@bellaitalia.co.uk

*Terms and conditions apply. The nearest Bella Italia restaurants to Leicester Square include Irving StreetCranbourn Street and St Martin’s Lane branches.

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