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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 $155
The Strand Palace Hotel

The Strand Palace Hotel

372 The Strand, London
     
    4.0
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    Located in City of Westminster, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Covent Garden Market and King's College London. Royal Opera House and London Coliseum are also within 10 minutes.

    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London $165
    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

    200 Westminster Bridge Road, London
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 9,233 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.

      Park Plaza London Riverbank $121
      Park Plaza London Riverbank

      Park Plaza London Riverbank

      18 Albert Embankment, London
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 3,084 reviews
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        Park Plaza London Riverbank is across the river from the Tate Britain gallery, close to Westminster. The London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are all within easy reach. The hotel is easily approachable from Waterloo, Vauxhall and Westminster stations.

        Point A Hotel London Kings Cross – St Pancras $71
        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 5,348 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.

          The Grosvenor Hotel $136
          The Grosvenor Hotel

          The Grosvenor Hotel

          101 Buckingham Palace Road, London
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 1,291 reviews
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            Located in Belgravia, 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).

            St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London $172
            St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London

            St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London

            54 Buckingham Gate, London
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 2,045 reviews
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              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.

              Mimi's Hotel Soho $125
              Mimi's Hotel Soho

              Mimi's Hotel Soho

              56-57 Frith Street, London
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 325 reviews
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                Located in City of Westminster, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, and London Coliseum. St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Her Majesty's Theatre are also within 10 minutes.

                Thistle Trafalgar Square Hotel $153
                Thistle Trafalgar Square Hotel

                Thistle Trafalgar Square Hotel

                Whitcomb Street, London
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 917 reviews
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                  Located in City of Westminster, 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.