Saturday, 11 September 2010

Culture Sandwich No. 3: Leicester Square

Our new series for those who work in London – highlighting the nooks, corners and green spaces in which one can linger of a lunchbreak. Grab lunch and catch up on those familiar landmarks that you never seem to have the time to look at on your way to and from work in the company of our Saturday Girl Karen Pierce-Goulding, winner of the prestigious Blue Badge Guide of the Year award.

The Culture Bit

Shakespeare outdoors is a big thing in London – both the Globe and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre offer Bardic delights in the open air. So why not spend your lunch hour outside with the man himself: or, at least his statue.

Shakespeare’s Leicester Square statue stands centre stage in the heart of London’s entertainment district. The statue itself is a marble copy of the one that dominates Westminster Abbey’s Poets Corner. Sporting doublet, hose and long swirling cloak (the height of 16th Century fashion) England’s most famous playwright leans on a lectern from which a scroll rolls down - the engraved motto reads “There Is No Darkness but Ignorance”.

The Sandwich Bit

Fernando’s on nearby St Martin’s Lane is a small, family business with one of the best and cheapest selection of sandwiches and hot dishes in the West End

The London Walks Bit

The Shakespeare & Dickens Walk goes through The City every Sunday afternoon – and the statue here can be glimpsed on West End on Film meeting at St James’s Park Station Sunday 12th at 11.00a.m

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