Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus showing street scenes, a city and signage
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Often billed as the British version of Times Square, this iconic traffic hub is the perfect starting point for your London adventure.

Piccadilly Circus garnered its peculiar name from Roger Baker, a tailor famous for making men’s piccadills, the frilled collars fashionable in the 17th century. The word “circus” refers to the circular motion of traffic, which whisks around beneath the statue of the Greek god Anteros. Today, the name represents flashing lights, entertainment and the exuberance of a city on the move. Piccadilly Circus has become a must-see spectacle, which draws locals and tourists day and night.

Piccadilly Circus marks the junction of Regent Street, Shaftsbury Avenue, Piccadilly and Haymarket. It also connects major areas, including Trafalgar Square, Soho, Chinatown and Leicester Square. At its center is the statue of a winged archer, Anteros, which rises above Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain. Designed by Alfred Gilbert and erected in 1893, it was the first statue to be cast in aluminum. Today it’s a popular meeting point or simply a great place to watch the passing crowds.

From Anteros, choose a direction to suit your mood. Feed your shopping addiction on Regent Street. Take a dramatic turn and catch a show at the Theatre Royal, one of the many venues that makes “the circus” the heart of London’s theater district. Spend an hour or two admiring the landscapes at the nearby Royal Academy of Art, or enjoy a good belly laugh at The Comedy Store, which showcases big-name acts as well newcomers with fresh gags.

Piccadilly Circus is also known for its flashy neon signage, but these days, only one building is illuminated. The dizzying atmosphere remains, however, with lively curbside entertainers adding to the commotion. When it all becomes too much, order a beer from one of the surrounding pubs or catch your breath in a cozy café.

Piccadilly Circus is located in the heart of London. The nearest Underground station is Piccadilly Circus.

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3.5 out of 5
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The Royal National Hotel
4 out of 5
38-51 Bedford Way, London, England, WC1H 0DG
The price is $136 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
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Zedwell Piccadilly
Zedwell Piccadilly
3 out of 5
Great Windmill Street, London, England, W1D 7DH
The price is $116 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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The price is $107 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
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The price is $136 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
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3 out of 5
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The price is $116 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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The President Hotel
The President Hotel
3.5 out of 5
56-60 Guildford Street, London, England, WC1N 1DB
The price is $149 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
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The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
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The price is $202 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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3 out of 5
48-55 Tavistock Square, London, England, WC1H 9EU
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