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Piccadilly Circus

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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Lodging Near Piccadilly Circus

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The Strand Palace Hotel $122
The Strand Palace Hotel

The Strand Palace Hotel

372 The Strand, London
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 9,043 reviews
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    Located in City of Westminster, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market and Piccadilly Circus. London Dungeon and Big Ben are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London $185
    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

    200 Westminster Bridge Road, London
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 9,545 reviews
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      This fantastic new hotel is located on the South Bank, near London Eye. Waterloo and Westminster stations are within 5 minutes walk, making easier to travel and ideal choice for city break or business trip.

      Point A Hotel London Kings Cross – St Pancras $70
      Point A Hotel London Kings Cross – St Pancras

      Point A Hotel London Kings Cross – St Pancras

      324 Gray's Inn Road, London
         
        3.8
        of 5, from 5,526 reviews
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Point A Hotel London Kings Cross – St Pancras places guests a 5-minute walk from Kings Cross St. Pancras Tube Station, and 3 minutes more to the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras International. From these hubs, guests can reach most corners of central London within 15 minutes, not to mention Paris in just over 2 hours.

        St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London $192
        St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London

        St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London

        54 Buckingham Gate, London
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 2,055 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral, and Big Ben are among the many popular attractions within 0.8 km (0.5 mi) of this central London hotel. Victoria Station is a 7-minute walk. St. James' Park and Hyde Park are close by.

          Holiday Inn London Mayfair
          Holiday Inn London Mayfair

          Holiday Inn London Mayfair

          3 Berkeley Street, London
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 1,676 reviews
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            Located in Mayfair, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace. St. James Park and London Palladium Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

            The Grosvenor Hotel $162
            The Grosvenor Hotel

            The Grosvenor Hotel

            101 Buckingham Palace Road, London
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 1,466 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in City of Westminster, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Victoria Palace Theatre, Buckingham Palace, and St. James Park. Big Ben and Sloane Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              The Cavendish London
              The Cavendish London

              The Cavendish London

              81 Jermyn Street, London
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 2,386 reviews
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                This contemporary hotel is located on Jermyn Street, St James, in the heart of Piccadilly. The Theatreland district, Leicester Square, and Mayfair are 700 metres away.

                Thistle Trafalgar Square Hotel $185
                Thistle Trafalgar Square Hotel

                Thistle Trafalgar Square Hotel

                Whitcomb Street, London
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 976 reviews
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                  Located in Soho, this hotel is steps from Her Majesty's Theatre, National Gallery, and Trafalgar Square. Leicester Square and Nelson's Column are also within 5 minutes.