Print-friendly version of this page Leicester Square, while indeed a square, is also the name for a tube station.Leicester Square
Irving Street is named after Henry Irving, the popular Victorian actor.
The street was originally named Green Street, as it led to a bowling green near Leicester Square
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tube station, on the Northern and Piccadilly
lines, is located on Charing Cross
Road, a short distance to the east of Leicester Square
On early Tube plans, the station was listed as Cranbourn Street
, but the present name was used when the station was first opened by the Great Northern, Piccadilly
and Brompton Railway on 15 December 1906. Offices above the red terracotta station building on the east side of Charing Cross
Road - designed by Leslie Green - was in its early years also occupied by the publishers of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack and an image of cricket stumps appears above a doorway. On all four platforms, film sprockets are painted down the entire length and on the top and bottom of the display area (blue on the Piccadilly
line platforms, and black on the Northern line platforms), due to the four premiere cinemas in Leicester Square
. The station is featured briefly during the introductory video sequence of the sixth Harry Potter film.