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Unveiling icons from a century of cinema with an interactive statue trail, get ready for Scenes in the Square in London’s home of film and entertainment.

  • Dates 27/02/2020 - 27/02/2020
  • Location Leicester Square, London, UK
  • Price

In February 2020, we launched an interactive trail of statues in the heart of Leicester Square. Now, you can get ready to rediscover some of the nation’s best-loved characters and iconic film scenes as they’re brought to life in London’s home of film and entertainment.

Love film?

Offering a free, must-see entertainment and film attraction, “Scenes in the Square” features highly recognisable classic and contemporary characters, each immortalised in interactive and expressive bronze statues, with some brought to life in the evening through lighting.

Plus, tune-in to the ultimate soundtrack to your journey with the audio walking tour. Narrated by TV’s Alex Zane and specially designed with social distancing in mind, it’s the perfect accompaniment to your journey through the Scenes in the Square trail. Keep scrolling to learn more.

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So, what are you waiting for?

Hop onto your brooms to discover Harry Potter. Scour the buildings to find DC’s Super Heroes Batman and Wonder Woman. Budge up on a bench next to Paddington and Mr Bean. Burst into song with musical stars Mary Poppins and Gene Kelly. Or, career into comedy capers with comedy duo Laurel and Hardy or the brilliant Bugs Bunny. Take your place upon the Iron Throne and imagine what it would be like to rule over all of Westeros.

Whatever you decide, there’s something for all the family to enjoy.

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Want to seriously immerse yourself in the world of your favourite characters from the big and little screen?

Tune-in to the audio walking tour

Enhance your experience with the ultimate soundtrack to accompany your journey through the Scenes in the Square trail.

Narrated by TV’s Alex Zane, our audio walking tour has been specially designed with social distancing in mind. Plus, it’s completely FREE.

Packed with movie clips, trivia, humour and interviews with stars including Paddington’s Hugh Bonneville and Gene Kelly’s wife and biographer Patricia Ward Kelly, the tour is available on all podcast platforms.

Learn more about the audio walking tour HERE.

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Looking to learn more about each statue?

From Laurel and Hardy to Batman

Representing the 1920s to 1940s is the legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy who starred in over 100 films together, including Liberty (1929) which is the inspiration for the daring stunt that will see their statues playfully teetering on a rooftop.

Another timeless figure who recently celebrated his eightieth birthday, is a statue of Looney Tunes’ Bugs Bunny, the animated character to have appeared in the most films in history since his first official appearance in 1940’s A Wild Hare, who graces a nearby flower bed.

Representing the 1950s is the joyful and iconic figure of Gene Kelly on a lamppost from the timeless dance sequence he directed and choreographed for ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (1952). The film is regarded as one of the greatest movie musicals of all time.

Meanwhile a stunning statue of Mary Poppins appears to land gracefully in Leicester Square gardens, the 1964 film a shining example of 1960s cinema and still relevant today with Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s West End musical now playing at the Prince Edward Theatre.

Also gracing Leicester Square’s rooftops is Batman, DC’s iconic Super Hero, keeping watch over London from a rooftop. First introduced in Detective Comics #27, the heroic statue celebrates Batman’s onscreen presence in every decade since the 1980s.

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From Mr Bean to Wonder Woman

The trail also recognises a British comedy great Mr. Bean, who bumbled his way to box office success in his first big screen outing ‘Bean’ in 1997, after first appearing on our television screens 30 years ago in 1990, with the versatile comic performer Rowan Atkinson playing the hapless hero.  Only 14 episodes of the original ‘live action’ TV series were made, followed by a further two feature films and three animated series. Mr. Bean is now the biggest TV brand on Facebook globally, with 89 million fans. Visitors will be able to share a bench in Leicester Square gardens with Rowan Atkinson’s globally popular creation.

Representing the 2010s is the treasured British icon Paddington, whose beloved cinematic outings Paddington and Paddington 2 premiered in Leicester Square in 2014 and 2017 respectively. Visitors to Leicester Square gardens will be able to sit on a bench and have lunch beside this marmalade loving star of the two BAFTA-nominated films.

Completing the trail and representing the 2020s and the bright future of cinema, is Wonder Woman – DC’s iconic Super Hero who stands for justice, peace and equality. Bursting dynamically through a wall, the figure celebrates the 2020 release of Wonder Woman 1984, starring Gal Gadot.

Celebrating the capital’s rich movie history, this film attraction brings even more fun for all your family and friends in London’s entertainment epicentre. With London’s best restaurants, hotels and attractions all in one area, why not make a day of it – find out more here.

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