Guide to Piccadilly in London
Piccadilly is a major London street popular with the young and wealthy.Piccadilly runs from Hyde Park Corner to Piccadilly Circus. Piccadilly is just south of the Mayfair area and is within the City of Westminster. A section of Piccadilly overlooks Green Park.
The name is derived from the name of the stiff collars for shirts, known as Piccadills. One such merchant in the 1600's was so successful that he bought an area of land and built himself a huge residence on the land which he called Piccadilly Hall.
Piccadilly was the elite area chosen for many famous buildings such as Clarendon House, Burlington House, Devonshire House, Apsley House, and many more. Several members of the Rothschild family had their residences on Piccadilly, called Rothschild Row but these are now gone or converted to other uses. There are few shops and stores on Piccadilly, but it remains home to Fortnum and Mason, long time favourite grocery store of the Royal Family and purveyors of other fine goods.
Piccadilly is also home to The Ritz Hotel, which almost defines the word decadence, The Piccadilly Hotel, the Piccadilly Thistle Hotel, well known office groups and some very expensive apartments.
Useful Piccadilly Links
- Regent Street and Piccadilly (from Old and New London: Volume 4) - Regent Street and Piccadilly from Old and New London: Volume 4. Originally published by Cassell, Petter & Galpin, London, 1878.
- Guide to Piccadilly Arcade - Guide to Piccadilly Arcade including information about the shops based in Piccadilly Arcade
- Burlington Arcade (from Survey of London: Volumes 31 and 32, St James Westminster) - Burlington Arcade from Survey of London: Volumes 31 and 32, St James Westminster, Part 2. Originally published by London County Council, London, 1963.
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FAQs about Piccadilly in London
Piccadilly Circus is one of the busiest areas of central London so unsurprisingly there is lots to see and do in the nearby area.
There are a few different theories about where the name Piccadilly originated and new theories are periodically touted. The debate has in fact gone on for hundreds of years which shows the significance of the area. There is an excellent description of the different theories available to read on British History Online (https://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-london/vols31-2/pt2/pp32-40).
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