Piccadilly Circus is considered Europe’s time Square with its numerous illuminated advertising billboards overlooking the major traffic intersection in the heart of Central London. It is situated at the junction of four West End Streets including Piccadilly and Regent’s street to the west, and Shaftesbury Avenue and Coventry Street which leads to the famous Leicester Square to the East. At its heart is the black statue of Eros, built in memory of Earl of Shaftesbury, which became a famous rendez vous point. Indeed it is considered a good starting location to visit some of London’s top attractions and entertainment venue. Piccadilly Circus is also refer to the name of the Underground Station located at the same location.
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About Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus is at the heart of some of Central London’s top sights including the famous statue of Eros and the Shaftesbury Memorial, the Criterion Theatre currently playing Hitchcock’s 39 Steps and a whole new world of wonders at the popular Ripley’s Believe it or not museum. Piccadilly Circus is also a great place for shopping and entertainment, home to a variety of major retail stores, shopping complexes and numerous bars, restaurants, nightclubs and comedy clubs.
Piccadilly Circus tube station
Piccadilly Circus also refers to the name of the tube station on the London Underground Network. The station is situated within the TFL Travelcard Zone 1, on both the Piccadilly Line (with Green Park to the West and Leicester Square to East) and the Bakerloo line (with Charing Cross to the South-East and Oxford Circus to the North-West). It is located directly beneath Piccadilly Circus itself, with entrances at every corner.
Piccadilly Circus top attractions
Some of the key sights within Piccadilly Circus include:
- Shaftesbury Memorial
- Criterion Theatre
- London Pavilion
- Trocadero center
Shaftesbury Memorial and the Statue of Eros
At the heart of Piccadilly Circus is the popular Shaftesbury memorial fountain topped with the nude statue of an archer, Eros, considered the God of Love in mythical Greece. The statue was erected in 1892-1893 in memory of Lord Shaftesbury, one of the greatest philanthropist and politician of the Victorian times. Today the Memorial has become a popular meeting place as well as one of the most iconic symbols of London.
The Criterion Theatre is located in front of the Shaftesbury Memorial, on the southern side of Piccadilly Circus within a Grade II listed building. It first opened in 1874, but had to close down a couple year later due to technical issues. When it reopened in became a very popular venue until 1989 where it has to be extensively renovated for the following three years. The theatre which can hold up to 600 guest, is currently playing the very popular 39 Steps.
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The London Pavilion, which was once a popular music hall, has been rebuilt as a shopping arcade preserving its 1885 facade. Since 2000 it is connected to the neighbouring Trocadero Centre. It is located on the north eastern side of Piccadilly Circus, between Shaftesbury Avenue to the North and Coventry Street to the South.
The London Trocadero is a very busy entertainment complex on the Eastern side of Piccadilly Circus, set between Coventry Street to and Shaftesbury Avenue. It was originally designed as a restaurant, later as an exhibition and finally became a popular entertainment space. The complex is divide into 4 floors and host the Platinum Lace gentleman club on the lower ground floor, the HMV music store on the ground floor and the multiplex cinema Cineworld on the last floors.
On the western side of Piccadilly Circus, between Regent Street to the North and Piccadilly to the South, is where The Sting, a hip clothing brand, is located. The building was originally designed by Reginald Blomfield in the early 20s’ and first served as the Swan & Edgar department store, and later token by the Tower Records, the Virgin Megastore and Zavvi.
Lillywhites is one of the best know retailer within Piccadilly Circus. It is located on the Southern End of the junction, stock between the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and the Lower Regent Street. This multi floor sporting complex, first opened its doors at the current location in 1925 and had since become a popular shopping destination with both tourists as well as locals, offering discounts up to 90% of the retail price.
Best Hotels near Piccadilly Circus
The Piccadilly Circus junction has some of the most respected luxury hotels in Central London including the Royal Horseguards, the St James Hotel, the Stafford and the Mayfair hotel.
The following are some of the most sought after hotels near Piccadilly Circus.
- Radisson Edwardian Leicester Square, 4 stars hotel
- The May Fair Hotel, 5 stars hotel
- The Stafford Hotel by Kempinski, 5 stars hotel
- Flemings Mayfair Hotel, 4 stars hotel
- The Royal Horseguards Hotel, 5 stars hotel
- St James Hotel & Club, 5 stars hotel
- Dukes Hotel, 5 stars hotel
- Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street, 5 stars hotel
- Westbury Mayfair Hotel, 5 stars hotel
- Strand Palace Hotel, 3 stars hotel
Radisson Edwardian Leicester Square
The Radisson Edwardian is a unique 4-star boutique hotel in the heart of Central London’s Leicester Square. It offers many facilities including 3 meeting rooms fully-equipped with Wi-Fi internet access and the latest in audio-visual technology.
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The May Fair Hotel
5 stars / Stratton Street, London W1J 8LT
The May Fair Hotel is a luxury 5-star hotel perfectly situated in the heart of Mayfair, only a few moments from Bond and Piccadilly Street. It is set in beautiful building and designed by some of the world’s top design houses. It offers over 400 guestrooms each with designer furnishings as well as Wi-Fi access and a digital entertainment system. The hotel is also home to the new Amba Bar and Grill as well as a in in-house casino. Offering excellent services in an ideal location in the heart of London city, the May Fair Hotel is an excellent choice to enjoy a pleasant stay.
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The Stafford Hotel by Kempinski
5 Stars / 16 18 St James Place, Mayfair and Marylebone, London, United Kingdom
This 5-star hotel sits in the heart of London’s St James. The excellent location provides hassle free access to all cultural attractions, gourmet restaurants and vibrant nightlife that the city has to offer. The spacious and tasteful rooms display high standards and are incredibly comfortable and clean. After a long day spent exploring the city, enjoy the best martini in town at the legendary American Bar, an elegant restaurant and an impressive wine cellar. With a location that lets you experience all that London has to offer, The Stafford Hotel by Kempinski makes for a good choice.
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Flemings Mayfair Hotel
4 Stars / 7-12 Half Moon Street, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom W1J 7BHIts
The Flemings Mayfair Hotel located on Half Moon Street in the heart of prestigious Mayfair is a posh 4-star hotel which provides business as well as leisure travellers with easy access to many of the cities popular sites. Indeed it is a walking distance from the Buckingham Palace, Marble Arch and the Royal Albert Hall as well to many top shopping locations such as the prestigious Harrods. The Flemings Mayfair Hotel offers many various amenities including a salon and lounge area that will guarantee you an enjoyable experience in the heart of the city.
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The Royal Horseguards Hotel
5 Stars / 2 Whitehall Court, Victoria and Westminster, London, United Kingdom SW1A 2EJ
Winner of the prestigious AA London Hotel of the Year award in 2010-2011, the 5-star Royal Horseguards Hotel, situated near Whitehall Court, is primed for exploration of the heart of London. Guest will enjoy access to numerous tourist sites spread across the Western side of London, in addition to the central areas. The hotel also boasts easy access to Heathrow Airport and features views of the River Thames. Additionally, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Chinatown and West End theatres are nearby. The rooms are lavish and provide guests with business level accommodation. The on-site restaurant caters to a variety of tastes and features a vast selection of international dishes. The Royal Horseguards Hotel is ideal for travelers that want standard business class accommodation in a convenient area.
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St James Hotel & Club
5 Stars / 7 – 8 Park Place, Mayfair and Marylebone, London, United Kingdom SW1A 1LS
Sit back and relax in one of the hotel’s 60 guestrooms, all designed with guests’ comfort in mind. There are daily newspaper, desk, internet access – LAN, bathtub in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. In addition, this property in London has shops, meeting facilities, safety deposit boxes, bar/pub. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value.
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5 Stars / St James’s Place, Mayfair and Marylebone, London, United Kingdom SW1A 1NY
Dukes Hotel is located in Mayfair, which is near Regent Street, Green Park, theatres and exquisite shops. The hotel is very popular for its fresh new design and traditional English style of decoration. The facilities include Wi-Fi internet access, 24 hour room service, bar, restaurant and health club, with marble steam room, gym and beauty treatment room. Guests can also relax with a wide range of fine cigars and cognacs at hotel’s cigar garden.
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Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street
5 Stars / 20 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, Bloomsbury and Soho, London, United Kingdom WC2H 9HD
Within minutes from Soho, Trafalgar Square and Oxford Street, Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street is located in the Covert Garden in the hub of Theatreland. The stylish hotel provides 137 rooms designed brilliantly to make every guest feel comfortable as well as relaxed. Enjoy European dishes prepared from fresh British products at the Dine Bar & Restaurant. Keeping the needs of business travelers in mind, the hotel has a dedicated business center. The splendid hotel provides six function rooms that can accommodate up to 50 people and amenities that can meet every business executive’s needs. Guests can visit local landmarks including the Royal Opera House, Soho clubs, British museums and West End theatres. Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street provides easy access because it’s located between Covent Garden and Leicester Square underground stations making it preferred by all vacationers and business travelers.
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Westbury Mayfair Hotel
5 Stars / Bond Street, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom W1S 2YF
The Westbury Mayfair Hotel located on Bond Street, is close to London’s Top attractions including Piccadilly Circus. If offers 246 newly renovated guest rooms each perfectly designated and with high speed Internet. The hotel has an ultra modern exercise facilities and a Restaurant serving full menu meals throughout the day. It is also home to the award winning Polo Bar, and ideal place to enjoy a drink or taste exquisite Tsukiji Sushi and other seafood delicacies. Ideally situated in the heart of the capital, the Westbury Mayfair Hotel is the perfect to place to stay and start your London adventure.
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Strand Palace Hotel
3 Stars / 372 Strand, Bloomsbury and Soho, London, United Kingdom WC2R 0JJ
The Strand Palace Hotel is located in the heart of the West End, close to Covent Garden and Charing Cross. There are numerous restaurants and stores nearby, and the Waterloo train station is just a short troll away. There are 785 rooms in all, as well as a number of well-equipped conference and event rooms, a restaurant and a pub. Surrounded by many of London’s most popular landmarks, the Strand Palace Hotel has long been a favorite among business and leisure travelers.
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