Guide to... Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus is possibly the most internationally known area in central London. As close as Londoners get to having a City Center not centrally located within the Metropolitan area, but nevertheless, a central London landmark. It is a major hub connecting Regent Street, Piccadilly, Leicester Square.

Piccadilly Circus dates from 1819 and features the world known aluminum EROS statue in the centre. Known in tourist folklore as the God of Love because of the Cupid like bow and arrow part of the statue, EROS is sometimes refered to as the Angel of Christian Charity, erected in tribute to the Earl of Shaftesbury, a Bible carrying reformer best known for his objections to child labour.

However, controversy surrounds EROS, as other historians claim it is designed as a statue to Anteros, Greek mythological brother of Eros, and the God of Love Returned, so much like a dynamically opposed viewpoint. Perhaps this is why the Londoners, in the main, prefer the Earl of Shaftsbury explanation and his philanthropic love for the poor as depicted by the statue.

Modern day Piccadilly Circus is a tourist magnet almost like no other. It boasts the famous neon style advertising, now mainly LED lit, similar to Times Square in New York. In addition you will find the London Pavillion, home at present to Ripley's Believe It or Not.

Also as a part of the London Pavillion there is the Trocadero). Piccadilly Tube station, originally built in 1906, is located directly under the central area of Piccadilly Circus. Piccadilly Circus has received many mentions in songs and musicals. There are few shops for the young and wealthy, however there are numerous stores, mainly aimed at tourists.


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Popular Nearby Streets & Areas: Haymarket (0.12km) Suffolk Place (0.12km) Babmaes Street (0.11km) Charles II Street (0.15km) Duke of York Street (0.16km) Jermyn Street (0.16km) Ormond Yard (0.16km) Panton House (0.09km) Princes Arcade (0.2km) Royal Opera Arcade (0.14km) St James's Market (0.06km)



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Photo showing the Sanctum Soho Hotel in London
Sanctum Soho Hotel

20 Warwick Street, Soho, London, W1B 5NF

Centrally located in London's buzzy Soho is the five-star Karma Sanctum Soho hotel, an urban hideaway in the heart of...Read more

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Home to: Wild Heart Restaurant (at the Sanctum Soho Hotel)

Apple Store (Regent Street)
Apple Store (Regent Street)

235 Regent Street , Mayfair, London, W1B 2EL

One of the most popular shops on Regent Street and Apple's flagship store in London.Read more

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Piccadilly Circus Underground Station
Piccadilly Circus Underground Station

Piccadilly, Picadilly Circus, London, W1J 9HP

Piccadilly Circus is a London Underground station located directly beneath Piccadilly Circus itself, with entrances...Read more

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Piccadilly Institute
Piccadilly Institute

The London Pavillion, London, W1J 0DA

Piccadilly Institute is London’s craziest place to party, a labyrinth of rooms to explore, you'll find somewhere to...Read more

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Platinum Lace (London)
Platinum Lace (London)

13 Coventry Street, London, W1D 7DH

0.03km

Platinum Lace London prides itself on being part of the latest generation of clubs with entertainment for the adult...Read more

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Gap (Shaftesbury Ave)
Gap (Shaftesbury Ave)

1-7 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London, W1D 7ET

0.04km

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Lillywhites
Lillywhites

24-36 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4QF

0.04km

Lillywhites was founded in 1863 by the Lillywhite family, a leading cricket family. As a gentleman was seen to...Read more

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Fancy That of London
Fancy That of London

34 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HA

0.04km

Fancy that of London is a chain of London gift and souvenir shops situated in prime positions in the West End of...Read more

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Crest of London
Crest of London

23b Shaftesbury Avenue , London, W1D 7EA

0.05km

Crest of London was established in 1990 and is the market leader in London souvenirs and novelty gift items. With 9...Read more

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RainForest Cafe
RainForest Cafe

20 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1D 7EU

0.05km

Branches across the U.S. and in Shaftesbury Avenue. Food and shopping in an environment with a rain forest theme....Read more

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Clydesdale Bank
Clydesdale Bank

35 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4ND

0.06km

An independent British banking group with a strong personal customer base and a business banking capability through a...Read more

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Chilli Shaker
Chilli Shaker

4 Denman Street, Soho, London, W1D 7HD

0.06km

We welcome you at Chilli Shaker indian restaurant in Soho, tempted by an unrivaled range of authentic &...Read more

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Donuts & Baguettes
Donuts & Baguettes

8 Glasshouse Street, Soho, London, W1B 5DQ

0.06km

Best donuts in town, fresh ground coffee, tasty sandwiches , crunchy croissants straight from oven and many, many...Read more

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Ikoyi
Ikoyi

1 St James's Market, London, SW1Y 4AH

0.06km

We combine bold heat and umami with the highest quality products we can find in a warm and welcoming environment. We...Read more

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Ole & Steen (St James's Market)
Ole & Steen (St James's Market)

56 Saint James's Market, London, SW1Y 4RP

0.06km

We’ve been serving the Danish people with delicious breads and pastries made by hand for over 20 years, with time...Read more

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Jigsaw
JigsawTop Pick

22 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4UF

0.06km

At Jigsaw we believe that fashion is temporary but style is permanent. We opened our first store in Hampstead in...Read more

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Reign
Reign

215-271 Piccadilly, St James's, London, W1J 9HN

0.06km

London Reign is an aerial show nightclub which brings an eclectic mix of top class Las Vegas and Moulin Rouge...Read more

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Criterion Theatre
Criterion Theatre

218 Piccadilly, London, W1J

0.06km

A new circus comes to townHaving demolished the White Bear, a 17th century inn, Thomas Verity (Victorian...Read more

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Tiger Tiger
Tiger Tiger

29 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4SP

0.06km

Tiger Tiger London is the ultimate venue where you can Eat, Drink and Party all under one roof. Consisting of...Read more

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Osprey London
Osprey London

27 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4UA

0.06km

This British heritage brand began with handstitched leather belts, bags and small leather goods for women and men....Read more

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PRESS
PRESS

6 Denman Street, Soho, London, W1D 7HX

0.07km

Whilst living in LA and New York respectively, PRESS founders, Georgie and Ed, developed a love for cold-pressed...Read more

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Duck & Waffle Local
Duck & Waffle Local

52 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4RP

0.07km

The idea for Duck & Waffle Local was conceived one morning over a coffee. Chef Dan and I were sitting in the...Read more

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Urban Tea Rooms
Urban Tea Rooms

2 Saint James's Market, London, SW1Y 4SB

0.07km

URABAN TEA ROOMS is all about Great British Produce – artisan sandwiches, healthy salads, quiches, soups &...Read more

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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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