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Leicester Square is a hot spot in England for both its history and its relevance in today’s society. Throughout its recorded history it has transformed again and again, evolving with the needs and trends of the time. This makes it continually relevant for multiple reasons and attracts tourists from around the world. In its early years the land where the square now lies was owned by wealthy families. In 1536 Henry VIII took some of the land for his own. The land switched possession again in 1630 when Robert Sidney, 2nd of Leicester bought it. Just 3 years later he had built what is known as the Leicester House. In 1670 the square was laid to the south of the house. Towards the end of the 17th century retain department slowly began its early stages of replacing residency in the square, where, up until then, had been mostly housed by the wealthy. In 1778 the Leicester House was converted to a museum, displaying natural wonders. It was later torn down and replaced by the Leicester Palace which was converted into a church and converted again into a cinema which it remains today. In the 19th century the square was very much known as a hub of entertainment and remains so to this day. Minor changes have of course occured for example for the 2012 London Olympics the square undertook a total refurbishment and remodeling, however the contents of the square remained the same. Today the square is a major entertainment spot. Along with its gardens and centre consisting of a fountain topped with a statue of William Shakespeare, the square is home to forms of entertainment such as casinos and cinemas. The square holds the nickname of “Theatreland”, due to its various cinemas including a theatre containing the largest screen and the theatre containing the most seats. Holidays are also celebrated on the square, for example, Chinese New Year festivities are held the first Sunday of the holiday in the square. With all of these events and venues there are also various shops in the square. One being a lego store. Leicester Square’s lego store happens to be the world’s largest, its opening was celebrated by the unveiling of a 20ft tall lego sculpture of Big Ben made out of 200,000 lego bricks. Holding many forms of entertainment and staying relevant in today’s society, while also having a rich history that can be seen all around it, the square is a beautiful and inviting place for both locals and travelers alike. This is what makes Leicester Square so special.