|Location||Theatreland and Chinatown|
|Local authority||City of Westminster|
|Managed by||London Underground|
|Number of platforms||4|
|London Underground annual entry and exit|
|Original company||Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway|
Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway
|15 December 1906||GNP&B station opened|
|22 June 1907||CCE&H station opened|
|WGS84||51°30′41″N 0°07′41″W / 51.51139°N 0.12806°W|
|London transport portal|
Leicester Square is a London Underground station in the West End of London, within walking distance of Theatreland and Chinatown. It is located on Charing Cross Road, a short distance to the east of Leicester Square itself.
The station is on the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line between Tottenham Court Road and Charing Cross stations, and on the Piccadilly line, between Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden stations. It is in Travelcard Zone 1.
On early Tube plans, the station was listed as Cranbourn Street, but the present name was used by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway when the station opened on 15 December 1906.
Like other stations on the original sections of the Piccadilly and Northern lines, the station was originally constructed with lifts providing access to the platforms. The increase in passenger numbers in the 1920s as the Northern line was extended north (to Edgware) and south (to Morden) and the expected further increase from the 1930s extensions of the Piccadilly line led to the reconstruction of the station below ground in the early 1930s. New station entrances were constructed to a new sub-surface ticket hall. As with the similar sub-surface ticket hall previously built at Piccadilly Circus, this was excavated partially under the roadway. From there banks of escalators were provided down to both sets of platforms. The redundant lifts were removed but the lift shaft remains in use as a ventilation shaft hidden behind a small door on the first landing of the Cranbourn Street entrance stairs. The redeveloped station opened in 1935.
The escalators down to the Piccadilly line (the longest in the world when opened in 1935)  were the longest on the entire Underground network, being 54 m (177 ft) in length, until the rebuilding and reopening of Angel in 1992, which overtook Leicester Square with its 60 m (197 ft) escalators.
Offices above the red terracotta station building on the east side of Charing Cross Road were once occupied by the Northern line management staff but now have other functions in addition to the Northern line management, with Piccadilly line management and support functions on the first floor including a training centre. The building, known as Transad House, was occupied in its early years 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), in reference to the four premiere cinemas in Leicester Square.
London Buses routes 24, 29, 176 and night routes N5, N20, N29, N41 and N279 serve the station.
|Preceding station||London Underground||Following station|
towards Uxbridge, Rayners Lane or Heathrow Airport (Terminal 4 or Terminal 5)
|Piccadilly line||Covent Garden|
towards Cockfosters or Arnos Grove
|Tottenham Court Road
towards Edgware, Mill Hill East or High Barnet
Charing Cross Branch
towards Battersea Power Station, Morden or Kennington