Piccadilly Circus is a famous road junction and public space of London's West End in the City of Westminster, built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly. The Circus was a great location to get on a double decker bus and directly underneath is a major London Underground station.
It now links directly to the theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue as well as the Haymarket, Coventry Street and Glasshouse Street. The Circus is close to major shopping and entertainment areas in the heart of the West End. Its status as a major traffic-intersection has made Piccadilly Circus a busy meeting place and a tourist attraction in its own right.
The Circus is particularly known for its video display and neon signs mounted on the corner building on the northern side, as well as the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and statue of an archer popularly known as Eros. It is surrounded by several noted buildings, including the London Pavilion and Criterion Theatre.
There's not much to see at Piccadilly Circus. I's a small square with one large neon sign, and a small statue of cupid.
It's a good place to buy cheap gifts, as there are some large souvenir shops. There is also a lot of other shops, including a big records shop.
The best time to go there is at night, not only because o the neons, obviously, but also because there is less traffic but still a lot of activity, since the square works a meeting point.
Piccadilly Circus is a famous road junction and public space of London's West End in the City of Westminster.
The big screens and crowd just make you feel that you are in totally new world. The Circus is particularly known for its video display. There is a big building covered with screens which make this place more brighter. These screens work 24 hrs.
Great area to walk around, particularly at night, when it's pretty busy and nicely lit up with lights. It's not a cheap place to shop, obviously, but it has good stores and a nice atmosphere in general. Worth your time.
Piccadilly Circus is the center of London's five busy streets.
Picadilly Circus gets overcrowded, with many people, buses and cars all over the streets.
In the daytime you will see busy shoppers, business people and tourists everywhere! But if you have nowhere to go and want to find a place to eat and shop, then come here, within minutes you'll spot someplace that you want to go to. :)
In the evening though, you will see the place come to life, all the signs light up and illuminates the whole area
Piccadilly Circus is a famous road junction and public space of London's West End in the City of Westminster, built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly. The Circus is particularly known for its video display and neon signs mounted on the corner building on the northern side, as well as the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and statue of an archer popularly known as Eros.
Piccadilly circus has become less attractive compared to a few decades ago, but the statue of Eros still stands in the centr of this busy area where streets converge. It is near the the theatre district, China town and Soho. As it is so busy , the best way to get from one side to the other is through the subway.
One of the latest attractions is in Piccadilly Circus. If you follow the line of the arrow from the bow on the Statue of Eros and stand where the bow would have landed - you can claim a kiss from any passer-by.
An important part of the London-mood is Piccadilly Circus with its huge video display and neon signs mounted on the corner building on the northern side.
People often try to compare to New York’s Times Square, but it is not quite correct, it is something else. What can I say, it is almost magical the first time you visit Picadilly Circus. You hear so much about it, yet not really knowing why !
This huge trafic intersection where five major roads converge is the hub of London's West End in the City of Westminster.
On the southern side you can see the famous Criterion Theater, which has been in operation since 1874, while in the north-eastern side the old London Pavilion used as shopping center can be found.
The Shaftesbury memorial fountain with the statue of the popular archer Eros is one of the top places in London, just hanging and watching the people, the red painted double deckers and the big black cabs go by.
The everywhere usual local superstition you may face here too, which says, within 15 minutes, you meet with somebody you know.
Warning: In gay slang, Piccadilly Circus is also called "pick-a-willy" because it is a popular location for finding gay prostitutes.
Piccadilly Circus is a famous road junction and public space of London's West End in the City of Westminster, built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly.
It was a special feeling to come to Piccadilly Circus, to see the famous Neon signs and the busy road junction and all the people.
this eros became one of my favourite landmarks in london. since a quite same the eros which located at the back yard of fatahillah museum in jakarta, indonesia [my country] and the other one is a replica, guarding a small bridge to direction kota, old city of jakarta. so every time we pass this eros, our memories goes to our [another] country.
lucky me to have a picture with composition like this: all looks oldies around the eros. since if you take picture from different angle, slightly to opposite direction, you can see the bloody big billboard which advertise many things so makes the eros less bewitched.
Eros [the Greek god of love] is a statue standing in the middle of Piccadilly Circus.
The statue is actually a statue of Anteros, Eros’s twin.
Eros was erected in 1893 to commemorate lord Shaftsbury and was sculpted by Alfred Gilbert.
Piccadilly Circus was named after the lace picadills or collars that were sold here in the 17th century.
Nearby is the Trocadero entertainment centre with shops, games, café’s and a cinema.
At night, there are some neon signs that light up the whole area and people tend to meet and hang out around here despite the traffic.
Similarly to Trafalgar Square this is another one of London's most lively and cosmopolitan places where London's city life pulse can be clearly felt by an outsider. It is widely known and recognized by its bright neon signs. Piccadilly Circus is located in the heart of London's West End, or London's Theatreland, and is a kind of confluence of streets with busy commercial activity such as Piccadilly, some of London's main shopping streets as Regent Street or the theatre streets of Shaftesbury Street and the Haymarket. Others, such as the expensive New Bond Street, which houses the major griffes of the fashion world and Oxford Street are in its nearbies. Also, more or less in the middle of Piccadilly Circus, stands the Shaftesbury Monument Memorial Fountain and its famous statue popularly known as Eros. It is my opinion that Picaddilly Circus has a special enchantment at night, though it is also marvelous by day, obviously.
Eros Column as it is most commonly and erroneously referred to by most Londoners and foreigners alike is actually The Shaftesbury Monument Memorial Fountain. The fountain was erected in 1892-1893 to commemorate the philanthropic works of Lord Shaftsbury and was topped with a statue of a nude winged archer.
The nude winged archer statue which is located in the middle of the fountain was intended to be Ero’s twin brother Anteros. The representation of Anteros “The God of Selfless Love” was deemed to suit the philanthropic Lord Shaftsbury and was the original intention of Alfred Gilbert’s sculpture.
Located in the historic heart of London, Picadilly Circus is a very busy square at the junction of five major streets: Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly and Covent Street. It was created by John Nash as part of King George IV's plan to connect Carlton House with Regent's Park.
The large and loud neon signs brightly advertise all sorts of goods is an easy
meeting point for both young and old.