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Want to get up close with Paddington Bear or sit next to Mr Bean? Befitting for the all the film premieres it hosts, Leicester Square in London recently unveiled its Leicester Square Scenes from the Square statue trail, a series of bronze film character statues representing different decades in the cinema.
From Mary Poppins and Laurel & Hardy to Mr Bean and Bugs Bunny, these film statues in Leicester Square celebrate different decades of cinema.
‘Scenes from the Square’ in Leicester Square is one of the best free attractions in London, that launched in 2021 to coincide with Leicester Square’s 350th anniversary.
Read our guide to London Leicester Square’s ‘Scenes from the Square’ film statue trail:
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How long is ‘Scenes from the Square’ on for?
Originally intended to be a temporary installation, due to popular demand, Leicester Square Scenes from the Square has now been extended for the foreseeable future (as at 2023) and an audio tour can now be also downloaded via a QR code – these can be found all over Leicester Square.
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What are the ‘Scenes from the Square’ statues in Leicester Square?
Showcasing stars from the silver screen, this free, London attraction is easily accessible with each statue / star representing a different decade of cinema, starting from the 1920s until the present day.
Unveiled in February (2020) by Paddington star Hugh Bonneville (who plays Mr Brown), there are 10 statues in all, including Mary Poppins (as played by Julie Andrews), Gene Kelly in an iconic pose from ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (very appropriate for London, given our unpredictable weather!) and Bugs Bunny eating his trademark carrot; What’s Up Doc?
What are the most popular film statues in Leicester Square?
We’ve been to Leicester Square several times since these new film bronze statues were launched and they’re very popular!
Mr Bean and Paddington (eating his marmalade sandwich) are some of the favourites, as they are located sitting on benches within the square, meaning local Londoners and tourists can sit for selfies with them or pose for snaps. Sometimes there is even a queue to sit with the statues!
Where can I find the ‘Scenes from the Square’ film statues in Leicester Square?
Whilst most are easily accessible and can be seen from the gardens in Leicester Square, some of the Leicester Square statues are a little harder to find – all we can say is look up!
The Batman statue in Leicester Square looks down from atop the Odeon cinema (home to thousands of big, red-carpet movie premieres over the years) whilst Stan Laurel and Ollie Hardy can be found dancing on top of the West End ticket booth.
One of the newest film statues in Leicester Square Wonder Woman can also be found just around the corner, high up in Leicester Court on the side of a cinema.
What are the opening hours for ‘Scenes from the Square’?
The Leicester Square film statues can be accessed 24 hours a day (although occasionally they shut the gates to the park overnight meaning Mr Bean and Paddington Bear aren’t always accessible in the early hours).
Leicester Square History
So why install these superb ‘Scenes from the Square’ film statues here?
Well, Leicester Square celebrates its 350th anniversary this year, having originally been laid out as Leicester Fields in 1670.
It used to be a highly prized residential area and didn’t become known as London’s film central until the 1930’s onwards, when the first cinema opened – subsequently, more cinemas and entertainment venues opened up around the square .
Leicester Square Film Statues
The full list of Leicester Square Film Statues featuring in ‘Scenes from the Square’ in central London are as follows:
Indiana Jones – New for 2023
To coincide with the Leicester Square film premiere of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, a new statue of Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones has popped up as the newest Scenes in the Square film statue.
Indy can be seen cracking his whip, wearing his famous hat – the statue is located right in front of Cineworld Leicester Square.
Recently, a new poll has also been released to ask cinema-goers which new Scenes from the Square film statues they’d like to see unveiled in late 2023 and into 2024 – so more statues are coming!
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Bugs Bunny – Scenes From the Square
Laurel and Hardy
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Gene Kelly / Dancing in the Rain
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Latest Leicester Square film statue additions and removals in 2023
In June 2021, a statue of the Knife / Iron Throne from Game of Thrones was added to the Scenes from the Square film statues in Leicester Square. This has now been removed.
The Clifford the Big Red Dog statue has also been removed from Leicester Square – woof justice we know.
Getting to Leicester Square film statues
The nearest London Underground Tube stations to the Leicester Square Film Statues are Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus.
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