It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….Especially so for us, as we took our little family up to Christmas in Leicester Square, London for the day last weekend with Discover Leicester Square and it was SO festive! I wanted to share with you some of the things we got up to for anyone who is looking to take their family to Leicester Square but wanted to know if there was enough to do for children.
We’re fortunate that London is just a short 40-minute trip for us by train, so I often find myself there once or twice a week. Now, as the children are getting a little older, I’m finding there’s more of our great Capital that I want to show them, so it’s great to be able to hop on a train and take them out for the day ever so often. Last weekend we ventured up to explore Leicester Square, the thing I love about this area of London is that there is SO much to do in such a small area, and it’s really close to Waterloo. So it means we don’t have to drag them around, tiring their little legs out, before we even begin the attractions.
Where To Eat
We began with a Christmas menu lunch at the iconic Hard Rock Café in Piccadilly Circus; Europe’s newest flagship location. For the past few months the boys have been telling us they want to be rock stars when they grow up – it’s progress from wanting to be pirates so we’re running with it – So the Hard Rock Café was a brilliant place to enjoy a delicious lunch. They must have gone to the bathrooms about 7 times during lunch, because they knew on the way they could take in even more of the amazing memorabilia which adorned the walls, or rock out to the music in the large toilets and pretend they were live on stage. They also have a Rainforest café in Leicester Square which is excellent for children, so we’d definitely like to try there next time.
Christmas in Leicester Square
Once our tummies were full of American fare (and ice cream!) we headed back to Leicester Square to explore the Christmas markets – which unexpectedly were free to enter; they transform the space into a Christmas wonderland! The air thick with the smell of crepes and mulled wine, we wandered around and in and out of the markets, which were surprisingly not over priced at all. Stuart had been looking for a new hat for ages so the boys had a great time trying on the funny designs of knitted hats while he chose. There is also a Father Christmas grotto at Christmas in Leicester Square which friends have booked for tomorrow as it looks great and is only £10.
Free Things To Do in Leicester Square
After warming up with a hot chocolate we strolled over to the LEGO store – our boys are LEGO obsessed, so this was probably the highlight of their day, again another free activity in London! There was a short queue to get in and they were delighted to see that actual Batman was walking up and down the queue asking for selfies – how cool! Once inside their eyes lit up looking at all of the amazing, intricate, LEGO structures all around the shop, and then they spent a good 20 minutes building LEGO men upstairs at the creation station before we dragged them out to pop over to the M&M store.
The store was huge, and the smell of chocolate wafted around everywhere we went. Time was short while we were here, but there was lots to see and do. Due to the time of year it was really busy in the store so we didn’t explore too much, but it’s fun to pop in if you’re in the Square to take it all in, and maybe stock up on M&M’s while you’re there!
We headed over to the other corner of Leicester Square to the Odeon to take the children to see Frozen 2 which they had been asking to see since it got released. The cinema was huge and was set in a lovely old theatre style with the most comfortable seats! We laughed along with Olaf and his friends, munching on cinema sweet popcorn and my favourite – an Ice Blast!
After coming out of the cinema it was time to go home – not before being delighted by another Leicester Square street performance. These captivated the boys and it was hard to drag them away! We popped on the tube and were back home in just over an hour, cosy and warm with a head full of memories of our Christmas family day out in Leicester Square.
I would recommend a visit to Leicester Square if you’re looking for a family day out this Christmas, it was great to have so much in one small area, and it’s just a short tube ride from the main stations in and out of London. Thank you to Discover LSQ for hosting us and giving us a Christmas family day out in London. All views are my own.