Looking back at 2021 - Leicester Square
Back To Articles

That's a wrap! Celebrating the fun of 2021

It's been a memorable year, and we're taking a look back at some of the fun highlights of 2021!

at Leicester Square.

The world's most coveted throne descended on the Square in June

The Iron Throne

The legendary Iron Throne joined the ‘Scenes in the Square’, sculpture trail in Leicester Square back in June.

The statue depicted the coveted Throne all family houses across Westeros were battling for across eight seasons of the iconic Game of Thrones series joining other classic scenes and characters as part of the sculpture trail including Wonder Woman and Batman. 

Unveiled by one of the stars of the series, Isaac Hempstead Wright, who played Bran Stark. Isaac commented on the launch, saying he “Couldn’t be happier to be back in London celebrating Game of Thrones! The show has been a huge part of people’s lives, so to see the Iron Throne in London’s iconic Leicester Square is fantastic.”

Game of Thrones was broadcast across 207 countries gaining over 200 awards including Baftas, Emmys, and Golden Globes. Following the incredible success of the television franchise, the prequel to the story – House of the Dragon – is due to be released in 2022. Set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series will focus on the turbulent story of House Targaryen and is based on the George R.R. Martin book Fire & Blood.

Our favourite Looney Tune entered a New Legacy

Bugs Bunny's Space Jam Makeover

The statue of Looney Tunes sensation Bugs Bunny in Leicester Square, entered a new legacy back in July. Complete with a shiny silver basketball and a backboard sporting the vibrant colours of the Tune Squad ahead of the much-anticipated release of Warner Bros. Pictures new live-action-adventure Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring basketball champion LeBron James and the iconic Looney Tunes.

Marking the release of Space Jam: A New Legacy, which launched in UK cinemas on 16th July and celebrate a new Tune Squad legacy, the updated bronze statue was unveiled by young basketball players from Park View Community School in Tottenham who took part in performances and challenges alongside Sky Sports NBA presenter and former Blue Peter star Radzi Chinyanganya.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone film

Wizarding World Wands

Leicester Square celebrated the 20th anniversary of The Philosopher’s Stone with a touch of magic and cinema screenings of the iconic film. A dazzling installation of Wizarding World Wands illuminated Leicester Square to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the film first premiered in Leicester Square back in 2001.

The installation showed nine towering wands belonging to nine beloved characters from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films including Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Bellatrix LeStrange as well as the famed Elder wand. As part of Inside Out Festival, the 15ft wands lined the gardens and joined the already existing bronze Harry Potter statue – part of the beloved Scenes in the Square trail. Adding a touch of magic to Leicester Square the giant wands lit up the gardens on October evenings with an enchanting display set to captivating music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts scores.

Leicester Square Leicester Square Leicester Square

A new addition playfully bounded into the northern flowerbed in December

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog joined the faces and features of film and TV in Leicester Square as part of the Scenes in the Square trail. Unveiled in December by actor and comedian Jack Whitehall, who plays Uncle Casey in the brand-new film adaptation of Clifford the Big Red Dog.

The installation is in support of leading animal welfare charity, Battersea, raising awareness of how unique and special rescue animals are, and how every animal deserves a chance to find a loving home. This is a central theme in the film, which sees Clifford grow bigger the more he is loved by his young owner Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp). As Emily Elizabeth discovers, rescues truly are a special breed, with their own unique character and quirks that make them so distinctive, just like Clifford.

You can also catch Clifford on the big screen, as Clifford the Big Red Dog is out now in cinemas nationwide!

Leicester Square Leicester Square Leicester Square Leicester Square Leicester Square