News The incident happened at the Leicester Square Premier Inn

The twenty-year-old also urinated on the Premier Inn floor and racially abused a staff member. He told the judge: “I really am truly ashamed of myself”

Where shall we meet?: Cafe fish

Panton Street runs off the lower end of Leicester Square and leads away from the tawdry thuggishness of the place. If you want to meet for a drink without being groped or having your bag nicked, the basement of Cafe Fish is a reasonably safe bet. The main drawback of this wine bar is that people seem to know that it won't make them ill, and it's often a bit like trying to have a drink in a rugby scrum. If you're lucky, or early, you get one of the alcove tables. You can then go and watch some big-screen violence, or nip upstairs for piscine refreshment in their restaurant.

First Afternoon / Invisible star still sets hearts aflutter: Barry Manilow's 'Copacabana' Prince of Wales Theatre

THEY CAME to see Barry Manilow. They came to witness a great new show. They came to hear unforgettable songs. You can't win 'em all, though one out of three might have been nice.

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Lunchtime, midweek in McDonald's, Leicester Square. I was expecting mayhem. Instead the queues are quite small. Mainly because they were being thinned out, with military precision, by Anna.

FIRST NIGHT: No gimmicks needed for comic hit: Four Weddings And A Funeral: Odeon, Leicester Square

NOW the really revolutionary way to organise a first night for this film would have been to celebrate the second half of its title and have everyone come dressed as undertakers. But that may have detracted a little from the feelgood factor.

Letter: Designed for success in Leicester Square

Sir: Jim White says of the new- found popularity of Leicester Square ('All human life is here, innit', 23 March) that 'what really made the place live again was not Westminster's doing. It was that people came back and reclaimed the streets.'

All human life is here, innit: What used to be a no-go area is once again the beating heart of London. Jim White joins the hordes who have rediscovered Leicester Square

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Knifeman arrest

A33-year-old man armed with a knife was seized in Leicester Square, in the West End of London, 20 minutes before the Prince of Wales was due to arrive for a charity film premiere of the film Shadowlands last night.

Leading Article: Curing Londoners of their dirty habits

WHEN a company that has the contract to collect rubbish in central London sponsors a cleanliness survey in nine European cities, the results should be treated with caution. But the view that London is now Europe's cleanest big city is backed by respectable evidence. Ten years ago, London litter seemed a symptom of national decline. The improvement since then offers a glimmer of hope.

First Night: Hollywood's new reality helps healing process: 'Schindler's List', Leicester Square

THE FLASHBULBS in Leicester Square, the Oscar predictions, the celebrity audience and all the paraphernalia of a film premiere seemed for once an uncomfortable intrusion as the audience emerged at 11pm last night, subdued, occasionally tearful and in some cases reliving appalling memories.

Letter: Children's theatre has become invisible

Sir: Jenny Topper's letter responding to David Lister's article, 'A nation suffering from stage fright' (14 December), is uncannily familiar. As director of the Unicorn Theatre for Children at the Arts, Leicester Square, I am committed to bringing theatre of the highest quality for our audiences.

Does the whole world really want to be a Londoner?

'WHY DON'T we have lunch some time?' says one of your old London friends, when you have moved to the country. 'Give me a ring next time you have to come up.'

After Hours: Les

I live in Deptford in South East London, so I spend a lot of time in the Dog & Bill on Princes St. They don't have a jukebox and you can always get a seat. There's a garden at the back which had a 200-year-old cherry tree - until the landlord chopped it down. I like the river between Greenwich and Deptford. It has a pebbly beach which on summer evenings is nice to walk on. Me and some friends got some tables down there once and had a dinner party. When the sun set we lit a bonfire and tuned into Melody FM. I suppose Les would like that.

Man crushed by Tube train despite alarm: Passengers tried in vain to alert driver

A MAN died after being crushed under a London Underground train that continued to pull out of a station after passengers activated the emergency alarm, an inquest was told yesterday.

Opinions: Do you prefer a pub or a wine bar?

JEFFREY BERNARD, journalist: I prefer pubs. Wine bars play the bloody Four Seasons in the background all day long and the people who go to them are awful - advertising people, producers of TV commercials. Pubs have a better mix of people and they are for drinking in, not sitting around talking business.

Travel: Joyeuse unbridled, via Leicester Square: In the second of our series on France, Paul Newman delights in the freedom of self-catering in the mountainous Cevennes

OUR holidays to France always begin at the same place. Not at the hoverport at Calais, or the airport at Nice, but at a shop near Leicester Square in the centre of London. A trip to Stanfords map shop at least a month before we set off has become such an enjoyable ritual that I have come to regard it as part of the holiday itself.
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