Piccadilly Circus – This is a famous road junction of five roads in London’s West End. Built in 1819 it was meant to connect Regent Street with the major shopping area of Piccadilly. Piccadilly derives its name from a 17th century frilled collar called piccadil. The tailor who made these collars lived in this area.
Today this circular area also connects the theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue as well as the Haymarket, Coventry Street (onwards to Leicester Square) and Glasshouse Street. The circus is well known for its brightly lit neon signs and the Shaftesbury memorial fountain with the Statue of Eros (a pagan God of Love). The fountain, made of bronze while the statue is made of aluminum, was erected in 1893 in recognition of Lord Shaftesbury’s philanthropist activities towards the poor.
From Piccadilly Circus, other areas of entertainment like Trafalgar Square and Chinatown, can be easily reached by walking.
Piccadilly is a major shopping area with most the world’s famous and exclusive brands having their store here. The stores are located on Piccadilly and also the stretch of Old Bond St. continuing to New Bond St. and further. All about the stores in Piccadilly are dealt with, in the following related articles.
Shopping in Piccadilly – An Introducton ,
Shopping in Piccadilly, London – Regent St. to Church Place
Shopping in Piccadilly – Church Place and Duke St. St James’s
Shopping in Piccadilly – Duke St. St James’s to St. James’s St. ,
Shopping in Piccadilly – St. James’s St. to Arlington St. ,
Shopping in Piccadilly – Regent St. (Piccadilly Circus) to Sackville St. ,
Shopping in Piccadilly – Sackville St. to Old Bond St.
Shopping in Burlington Arcade
How to reach Piccadilly Circus –
Tube: Nearest being Piccadilly Circus
Rail: The Charing Cross Mainline Rail Station.