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Piccadilly Circus

The most buzzing place in London, overlooked by the statue of Eros.

TravelCurious Tip

Check out the Piccadilly Lights, the illuminated ads in the corner of the square. One of the most photographed landmarks in the world, some of the world’s biggest companies vie for this coveted advertising space, recently rebranded as ‘The Curve’ with a 101.3m² moving screen.

Not that kind of circus

Piccadilly Circus is one of the liveliest spots in London, and one of the best places for tourists to get a sense of the city's vivid atmosphere. This large open plaza in the heart of city is always pulsing with activity, from both the rumbling London traffic and the hundreds of people who gather here on a daily basis.

Although not quite the circus you might be expecting, Piccadilly is a prime location for all things theatrical. Just off the plaza you will find Shaftesbury Avenue, a grand street full of the world’s best theatres and bursting with the most popular shows around. Many visitors also opt for a pre-theatre meal at one of the dozens of fantastic restaurants nearby.

Music halls and shopping malls

The Statue of Eros in the south end of Piccadilly Circus is one of the most popular meeting places in the city, and you will find tourists and Londoners alike sitting and chatting around the beautiful fountain while the Greek god of love flutters above, arrow at the ready.

Eros is not the only piece of art to admire: Piccadilly Circus is lined round with some stunning architecture, such as the London Pavilion and the Byzantine-inspired Criterion Theatre. The Circus was constructed in 1818 to connect Regent Street, one of the best streets for London shopping, with Piccadilly, which runs down to Hyde Park and Westminster. A natural hub of activity, its energetic atmosphere has since made it one of the most celebrated places in the city.

Looking for a great day or night out but can’t decide what exactly you’re in the mood for? Head straight to Piccadilly Circus and have your pick of the lot: great food, great pubs, great shopping and great shows.

Nearby Attractions

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Bespoke men's tailor working with the highest quality materials to create the best quality products for customers. Run by the talented and charming Ray Stowers.
J.J. Fox Cigars
Established in 1787 J.J. Fox is the world's oldest cigar merchant. Its list of clientele includes Winston Churchill, Her Majesty Queen Victoria and numerous other celebrities from around the world.
Old Bond Street
Old Bond Street is one of the world's most famous shopping streets, with several flagship stores calling the street home.
Pall Mall
Home of several famous gentlemen’s clubs - though several are now gender-integrated, such as the Traveller’s Club, The Oxford & Cambridge Club, and the Atheneum.

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