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London by Night Sightseeing Tour with Private Chauffeur
"Picking you up from your central London hotel your private chauffeur will provide you with a few suggestions for places that you might want to see or explore. Your exact itinerary is flexible so you can customize your evening based on your preferences – just let your chauffeur know what central London attractions you’d like to see and then sit back relax and enjoy the ride!Most itineraries involve a route that takes in the top London sights so you can get out of the car to walk around perhaps entering some attractions at your own expense
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3-Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London
"Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the beautiful and historic city of London. Starting at Big Ben you will learn all about this famous old clock and the Houses of Parliament that sit next to the River Thames. The tour continues past the iconic Westmi then up past the Prime Minister's home and the Horse Guards Parade where you may see the Queen's personal cavalry on duty.There is so much to see on this tour and after walking past several national war memorials and other state buildings you will find yourself in the bustling Trafalgar Square home of Nelsons Column with its picturesque fountains and national galleries which house some of the finest art in the world.Next up you'll visit Covent Garden and China Town. Then see Leicester Square and London's answer to Times Square
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Central London Pub Crawl
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Piccadilly Circus Tips (1)

Not As Edgy As It Used To Be

“It’s like Piccadilly Circus here” is a phrase often used when somewhere is chaotically busy, just like the road junction was until the layout was changed in the 1980s.

Up until that point the famous Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain was the central point of the Circus (circle or roundabout) where Regent St, Piccadilly, Coventry St and Shaftesbury Avenue all converged. Not only was it traffic mayhem, it was also (and still is) a meeting point.
It’s also where London’s shopping and entertainment districts meet, and in my own mind, I think of Piccadilly Circus as the centre of the West End.

The Circus was built in 1819 to connect Piccadilly with John Nash’s Regent St, but when Shaftesbury Avenue was constructed in 1886 it lost its circular shape, and now that the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain has been moved from its central position to improve traffic flow, it looks quite a bit different from its original creation.

The fountain, commemorating the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, was erected in 1893, and for years I was one of many who believed that the statue on top was that of Eros, the Greek God of Love, but in actual fact it’s his brother Anteros. If the sculptor, Sir Alfred Gilbert, had created the first Greek God, Chaos, on the top it might have been less confusing and more appropriate somehow.

The Circus also includes some buildings of note such as the Criterion Theatre and London Pavilion, which is currently home to Ripley’s Believe It or Not attraction, but undoubtedly the biggest attraction of all still has to be the illuminated advertising signs on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Glasshouse St.

The idea of illuminating Piccadilly Circus with advertising signs started in 1908 and for many years were lit by neon, but these days LED displays have superseded them. Unfortunately the rising cost of renting these spaces has seen the number of displays reduced. I remember when it seemed like the whole Circus was surrounded with neon displays, but it was also a time when it was crawling with unsavoury characters as well.

Piccadilly Circus, along with nearby Soho, has seen a creeping gentrification in recent years which makes it a safer place for tourists to come, but from a personal point of view I liked the edginess that it used to have. Rubbing shoulders with drug addicts, prostitutes, and rent boys as the traffic raced around ’Eros’ under the neon lights was one of life’s great experiences - not that I had anything to do with that sort of thing of course!








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