London’s Leicester Square will be given an £18.5m face-lift, it was announced today.

Sir Simon Milton, leader of Westminster City Council, and Sarah Porte, chief executive of the Heart of London Business Alliance, announced that the square will be turned into it into a world class destination, ensuring it retains its crown as ‘the star-studded home of cinema.’

The project is being jointly funded by the council and the business alliance. They Mayor of London has also committed £3m to the scheme.

Seats and tickets

The West End square, which is passed through by 250,000 people each day, will be redesigned to provide more seating, including a 200-metre ‘ribbon’ seat, and a new contemporary ticket booth.

The nine streets providing access to the square, where 50 film premieres were held last year, will also be refurbished.

Westminster Council will shortly be seeking expressions of interest from internationally renowned architects.