Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly is the melodic name that one can hear on TV, in films and even in songs. However, you only start understanding why this place has become such a popular landmark, after spending there at least an hour. Piccadilly Circus is a square in shape of the circle (hence, the name) in London's West End in the City of Westminster. The square is the road junction for Piccadilly Street, Regent Street and Shaftesbury Avenue. Fancy location of the Circus close to popular shopping centres, restaurants and London's landmarks made the square a favourite place among London citizens as well as tourists.

The square became popular right after its appearance on the map of London in 1819, the first part of its name is associated with the town-house Piccadilly Hall. The house belonged to the tailor Robert Baker who in the 17th century was selling 'piccadills', the stiff collars were the must-have accessory at the time. Name of the house gave name to the street and square and initiated development of the neighbourhood. Now Piccadilly is the symbol of crowds of people due to hundreds of wandering tourists and walking-by citizens of the city.

Major domain of the square is the sculpture of Eros that together with the fountain are decorations of Piccadilly Circus and its major symbols. The sculpture has an interesting story behind: in 1893 the statue of god Anteros was erected as the symbol of Christian charity to commemorate the philanthropic works of Lord Shaftesbury. But for over 100 years now the statue has been mistakenly called Eros, the god that is chosen by people in love as the place to meet for a date. The square has another landmark - Ripley's Believe It or Not museum that displays a collection of strange items from all over the world. Delicious miracles are waiting for visitors at Jamie Oliver's Diner restaurant, at Cinnabon bakery and Japanese grocery store. Make a few steps and you will reach the famous underground Criterion Theatre, if you want something 'spicier', better go to entertainment complex Trocadero, a little further are the best nightclubs of Soho. Many people choose Piccadilly Circus as the place to start their London trip.

This place is always crowded and is particularly known around the world for its video display and neon signs mounted on the corner building. One can frequently notice them in the ads and photo albums. Life is bustling there, displaying street musicians and mime statues. Come and see Piccadilly Circus! Citizens of London say that if you walk in Piccadilly long enough, you will certainly meet someone you know.

Address: Piccadilly Circus
How to reach: tube Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square; bus 6, 14, 19, 23, 38, 139, N18, N113.
Coordinates: 51.51008, -0.1346