Piccadilly Circus in West-End is the very heart of the center of London. I love sitting there and watching the myriad of people walking by. When staying in London I used to stay at Regent Palace Hotel which is right by Piccadilly Circus, but it has unfortunately been closed due to them finding asbestos while repairing the hotel. What a shame, even though the hotel was a bit run down then you could get the best value and location for money while staying there.
The giant ads with amazing neon Coke ads and more is the "trade-mark" of Piccadilly Circus. Piccadilly Circus is amongst the most famous meeting places in the world. And I believe that almost every tourist has his photo taken here.
Piccadilly Circus was created in 1819 to link Regent Street and Piccadilly. Connected to Piccadilly Circus is the famous Regent Street and Shaftesbury Avenue with all its theatres. Coventry Street connects Piccadilly Circus with the famous Leicester Square and its cinemas. It also connects to Glasshouse Street where the closed down Regent Palace hotel is situated.
There is a statue of Eros on the fountain on Piccadilly Circus. It is said that if you kiss by the statue your love will last forever. I have done that ;) Strangely enough the statue is made of aluminium. The statue was meant to represent the Angel of Christian Charity, but it didn't look like an angel (I would say that it is too masculine and sexy looking for that) - obviously more people thought the same so he was dubbed Eros ;)
The statue was made by Alfred Gilbert and is a memorial to Lord Shaftesbury, after which Shaftesbury avenue is named. He also made the very beautiful memorial to Queen Alexandria next to St. James´s Palace (I am going to add a tip on that later on).
An absolutely fabulous part of London and I always look forward to going there.
Picadilly Circus is famous Worlwide as this is the so called center of London, like times square is to manhattan and like times square, it has many large billboards which advertises everything and hence has hordes of tourists (except when it is rainy like the day we visited, sigh). The Circus lies at the intersection of five main roads: Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly Street, Covent Street and Haymarket and lies on the boundary of the theater district of West End and is home to many shops and tourist shops and where the famous piccadilly statue of eros and the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain and famous landmarks such as London Pavilion, Criterion Restaurant and Criterion Theatre to name a few. from here you can walk to Trafalgar Square and Charing Cross which lies nearby.
We headed off to Piccadilly Circus. I was so looking forward to the carnival rides, the animals! Oh what a fool I am There is no lions and tigers, not even a carnival ride at the Piccadilly Circus. How very silly of me to think it was an actual circus
All it is is a busy meeting place and a resting spot for tourists, It also has the huge illuminated sign with various advertisements
I must say now that I've been there, been disappointed that it wasn't what I thought it was going to be - I won't need to see this tourist attraction again.
I often travel through Piccadilly Circus during my London trips. The round open space connects with Piccadilly and Regent Street, two busy shopping streets, an also the entertainment streets of Haymarket, Coventry Street and Shaftesbury Avenue. It synonymous for its illuminated signs and billboard and its Eros fountain and statue and draws many tourists.
It goes back as far as the 15th Century where Piccadilly linked to a house belonging to Robert Baker, a tailor specialising in collars (piccadills). Piccadilly was formerly called Portugual Street, named in honour of Charles It's queen consort, Catherine of Braganza. It was at the beginning of the 19th Century where Piccadilly Circus was created and it has always been a very busy traffic interchange.
Always crowded with people this is probably one of the worst landmarks in London, a round open space at the junction of five busy streets where neon lights reminds you of Time Square in New York. Most people gather under the Shaftesbury memorial bronze fountain which is topped by Alfred Gilbert’s winged nude statue which is the figure of Eros, the famous winged archer but I guess he must be depressed in this dirty noisy corner of London that leaves no space for romance… The memorial fountain was erected in 1893 in the beginning of Shaftesbury to commemorate the philanthropic works of Lord Shaftesbury but was removed to its present position in late 1980s.
Picaddilly Circus was built in 1819 to connect Regent and Piccadilly streets which were always major shopping streets, as it is still today the general area including the famous theatres on Shaftesbury avenue but also nightclubs, huge retail stores, dining choices, dozens of souvenir stores to satisfy the hordes of tourists etc. It’s a place you will pass by if you are interested to visit one of the theatres like we did but also if you like shopping (we didn’t) but I wouldn’t bother to visit it unless you are desperate to have some photo shots here (the truth is there are always double decker buses passing by, some people may also like the big neon boards as they attract many people but also beware of pickpockets.
It was interesting to know that Picadilly street was named after Piccadilly Hall, house of Robert Baker, a tailor during 17th century that was selling piccadills (large broad collars of cut-wok lace, very fashionable in late 16th, early 17th century). Circus in latin means circle but the square lost its circular form in 1886 when Shaftesbury Avenue was constructed. Piccadilly Circus tube station lies underneath the square and serves Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines since 1906!
Picadilly Circus is one of the busiest tube stations in London and nobody leaves without having at least one photo taken her. Closeby is the Ripley, Believe it or Not exhibition as well as Europe's first M&M store. It is also a good place to buy your fridge magnets and keyholders with typical red phone booths and London buses.
Piccadilly is a famous road, running from Hyde Park Corner in the west to Piccadilly Circus in the east.
The area of St. James's lies to the south of the eastern section of the street, while the western section is built up only on the northern side and overlooks Green Park. The area to the north is Mayfair.
Piccadilly is one of the widest and straightest streets in central London. It is the location of several notable London landmarks and buildings.
Piccadilly Circus is a road junction and public space of West End, build in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly. In this context, a circus, from the Latin word meaning "circle", is a round open space at a street junction.
You can watch my 2 min 21 sec Video London Walk along Piccadilly out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
Sculptor Rudy Weller's 4 Horses of Helios can be seen standing in a foumtain on the corner of Piccadilly and the Haymarket since 1992. The Greek god of the Sun would ride his gold chariot pulled by 4 horses east to west across the sky each day. At night he would rest his horses (Pyrios, Eos, Aethon, and Phleyon) for the next day's journey.
Burlington Arcade, named after next-door Burlington House (which houses the Royal Academy of Arts), was allegedly created by Lord Cavendish in the 1810s in order to protect the cleanliness and order of Burlington House. It was one of the first European shopping arcades, and remains one to this day. The Arcade is an elegantly decorated passageway that caters to those with luxury tastes – undoubtedly the same people who will continue on with their shopping up Old and New Bond Streets. The Arcade specializes in high-end goods, particularly jewelry, footwear, perfumes and antiques. Even if you are not interested in high-end goods, there are still a few attractions for those with an eye to industrial design, such as the store that specializes in antique Rolex watches, with displays of watches from nearly every year of the past century.
As kitschy and gawdy as Piccadilly Circus might be, Piccadilly Street is remarkably reserved and upscale. The thoroughfare, which connects The Mall to the Circus of the same name, houses a number of establishments that certainly contrast with the shrill hawkers of British paraphernalia and mass-market gadgetry. Here you will find Fortnum and Mason’s, various four- and five-star hotels, expensive restaurants (including Caviar House Prunier, my favourite) and the Royal Academy of Arts. Piccadilly Street also benefits from the fact that it is never as busy as nearby Regent Street or the farther afield Oxford Street.
The Memorial Fountain in Piccadilly Circus was erected in the 1890s in the centre of the Circus, but moved to its current location following the Second World War. The fountain is dedicated to Lord Shaftesbury, who was a Victorian philanthropist and politician. While it is believed that the winged nude on top of the fountain represents Eros, it is actually a representation of Anteros, the brother of Eros, a symbol of selfless love (a far better allegory for philanthropy than Eros). Despite initial doubts about the statue (particularly, its depiction of a nude male), Londoners have come to adopt it as an iconic part of their city’s landscape.
Piccadilly Circus is undoubtedly world-renown, although it probably doesn’t do much justice to London. The Circus, which serves as a sort of hub for a variety of different arteries, is a focal point for vehicular and pedestrian traffic coming from both shopping centres and the theatre district, as well as Soho’s restaurants and nightclubs. The Circus was created in 1819, although roads and attractions here were known as Piccadilly even in the 18th century. At in the 1880s, the Circus lost its roundness with the connection of Shaftesbury Avenue, although this new outlet of traffic and pedestrians only served to increase the importance and density of the area. The Circus can appear a bit like Times Square in New York, owing to its many illuminated signs, generally devoted to major international brands, and also to its various tourist hucksters selling British paraphernalia and tickets to the theatrical shows at nearby venues. It is also a connection point for various tube lines, which makes it the ideal spot for people to meet, and thus a reason for additional crowding on the sidewalks.