Piccadilly Circus, London Overview

Named after the house of a tailor Roger Biker who became famous for selling piccadils, the Piccadilly Circus, originally called the Piccadilly House, is not a circus. It used to be a circle or ring-shaped public area but has become square shaped over time. Piccadilly House was the residence of Roger Biker, who used to make Piccadils, which are stiff-neck frilled collars worn by the gentrified in the 17th century.

One of the busiest junctions in the city, the Piccadilly Circus, also known as Times Square of London, is situated in London’s West End. With Leicester Square, Regent Street, Haymarket, Shaftesbury Avenue, and Oxford Circle all being connected to this place, it makes for a great tourist attraction.

Sit by the Eros statue and watch the bustling and beautiful city of London come to life, especially at night. Although, the Eros statue actually and officially Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, named in honour of the philanthropist Lord Shaftesbury in 1893.

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Things to Do

- Piccadilly Lights: Lighting up the entire area all night long, the Piccadilly Lights, emanating from giant screens displaying digital advertisements, is engaging to watch. Big bucks are shelled out by companies to advertise at this place, which is said to cost around a million pounds. These lights are never turned off, except for during the WWF Earth Hour, and to pay homage to Winston Churchill and Lady Diana.

- Theatres: Prince Edward Theatre, Piccadilly Theatre, Queen’s Theatre are a few theatres around the area for one to watch engaging musicals popular around the world.

- Statues: Spot statues of famous personalities like William Shakespeare, Swiss Glockenspiel and King George IV.

- Trafalgar Square: Enjoy the historically rich area with churches and National Galleries, which don’t cost a penny!

- Shop: Shop till you drop at Regent Street which stretches all the way to Oxford Circus.

- Food & Drinks: There are many restaurants lining the Piccadilly Circus, but not many inside the main area.

How To Reach Piccadilly Circus

Underground: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo Line)

Train: Charing Cross

Bus: 2, 3, 12, 88, 159, 94, 3, 12, 88, 159, 453, N3, N109 and N136.

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