Print-friendly version of this page Leicester Square, while indeed a square, is also the name for a tube station.Leicester Square
Agar Street is named after George Agar, who built the street in the 1830s with John Ponsonby, Earl of Bessborough
Dr. Benjamin Golding (1793-1863) set up a hospital in the Charing Cross
neighborhood of London in 1818, then named the West London Infirmary and Dispensary. The infirmary moved to a larger location, still in the neighbourhood, with 12 beds in 1823. The name was changed to Charing Cross
Hospital in 1827, and plans were made to build a much larger hospital. The Royal Family (and especially Queen Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent) had been pleased with Golding’s work, and raised funds for the new building. Decimus Burton was chosen as the architect. The new Charing Cross
Hospital opened in 1834 on Agar Street with 60 beds. The medical school was situated in the hospital.
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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.