A new book celebrates the stars who have walked London's red carpets
Rarely does a week go by without Leicester Square’s red carpets being rolled out for at least one film premiere – so it’s no surprise that, over the last century, the area has been visited by some major stars.
This month, W London publishes The Glamour of Leicester Square, a luxury coffee-table book filled with photos of the stars who have visited since 1925. To celebrate the publication of the book, here’s a sneak peek at some of those historic images.
Pictured: Leicester Square, 1925
At the world premiere of Lady L at The Empire, Sophia Loren received the first Alexander Korda award, naming her International Star of the Year. Here, her husband, the film producer Carlo Ponti, gives her a congratulatory kiss.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were snapped sharing a private moment at the premiere of Beowulf at the Vue cinema.
At a Royal Film Performance of The Battle of the River Plate at the Empire Theatre, Queen Elizabeth II shook hands with Marilyn Monroe. She complimented the actress on her curtsy, then reportedly asked, "How do you like your home at Windsor? You are neighbours of mine."
At the UK premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Liz Hurley famously wore this Versace dress. The gown hit front pages all over the world, and is credited with having launched Hurley's career.
A month before the release of Woody Allen's first directorial film, What's Up, Tiger Lily?, he was pictured sitting next to Ursula Andress at the 20th Royal Film Performance, held at the Odeon.
Bob Geldof played the lead role in Pink Floyd's The Wall, and brought his then-girlfriend Paula Yates to the premiere.
A week before his famous fight with Joe Bugner, the World Champion Heavyweight boxer Joe Frazier modelled clothes outside the Empire Ballroom.