Leicester Square is one of those places that I don’t tend to visit much, I think of it as a hotspot for slow-walking tourists, overpriced restaurants and things I don’t need to see or do as I’ve already been! So I was very intrigued to hear what the team from Leicester Square when they said they’d like to show me the hidden gems around the area.
We began our whirlwind tour with meeting for cocktails at the very stunning Indigo Bar with the most amazing view over Leicesters Square’s STAR lights and Christmas Market. The bar, that was a total hidden gem for me, is nine stories above Leicester Square with a floor-to-ceiling glass window and a wrap-around balcony that means you can see so much of London.
Also, if you’re into celebrity spotting then this gem of a bar is the coolest spot in town to spy on the world premieres. Leicester Square is home to around 52 premiers and they use, on average, 7.5 miles of red carpet each year!
After taking plenty of photos, we drank our cocktails and moved on to destination one of our tour. So this one isn’t really a hidden gem but what we got to see was a total hidden gem! The stage show Thriller Live takes audiences on an electrifying visual and audio journey through Michael Jackson’s 45-year musical history with over two hours of non-stop hits with crazy dancing, plenty of songs to sing along to and gives you a place to let loose.
We were lucky enough to meet one of the incredible singers, David Julien who some of you may know from The Voice, and the lovely Ebony Clarke, who has been in some very well known shows and commercials! We were also lucky enough to have a backstage tour so I obviously need to book tickets to see the final package!
We then had a lovely mooch around the STAR of Leicester Square Gardens, that has a statue of William Shakespeare right in the centre, which are now fully dressed for “Christmas in Leicester Square”. This is a super cute festive pop-up with a seriously European-style market feel with over 25 stalls complete with a 1920’s Belgian Spiegeltent. Think of the feel of the stalls at Winter Wonderland, but with fewer people, a far nicer location and no queues for getting in and out.
We then had to then stop for a refuel, and where better to do it than at London’s hippest pizza joint, Leicester Square’s MOD Pizza! This has rapidly become my favourite pizza chain as every pizza is made on demand using fresh-pressed dough and signature sauces for one super low price. For £7.87, you can make your own pizza with as many or as little toppings as you want, seriously!
This time around I went for a BBQ base with mozzarella, topped with chorizo, pepperoni, red onion, sweetcorn, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, olives and feta. Once cooked I had a little splash of balsamic fig glaze. It was so dreamy and I think I’m now the best pizza topping creator ever!
Once filled to the brim with pizza goodness, we returned to Indigo’s bar to enjoy a glamorous 1920’s style makeover with Pretty Me Vintage. Just look how incredible my hair looks!
I don’t think I’ve ever felt more glam than what I did with hair like this, and the amazing make up they did for me too. They pinned my rather long hair up so well that it lasted all of the next day too as I really didn’t want to take it out!
I had such an awesome time and certainly felt bad about overlooking Leicester Square as a place that I could hang out even though I’m not a tourist! It has so much to offer, especially M&M World, the biggest LEGO store in the world (!!!!), an amazing hidden rooftop bar that I will be returning too and entertainment all year round so be sure to keep an eye on their website.