London: Piccadilly Circus (Attractions)

London: Piccadilly Circus (Attractions)

Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus
Address: Piccadilly Circus, London, W1D 7ET
Typical opening hours: 24/7 – Public area

Piccadilly Circus anchors one side of the West End with the famous Piccadilly Lights, the giant advertising billboards. The first sign was put up back in 1908, and it was the world’s first set of outdoor electric lights. They have been upgraded over the years and are now only on one corner of the Circus area.

You can regularly see street performers in this area. From dancers to beatboxers and mimes to singers.

Piccadilly Circus is well known for the angel-like Statue of Anteros, atop the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain. This is dedicated to the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury who fought to stop children becoming chimney sweeps. Anteros is The Angel of Christian Charity, but he is often mistaken for his brother Eros – the Greek god of love.

The Criterion Theatre is also located in this area – Theatreland’s only underground performance space; Lilywhites next door is known as a premium sports retailer with attractive prices.

Notable roads off Piccadilly Circus include Piccadilly, Regent Street (for shopping) and Haymarket for access to Pall Mall and Trafalgar Square.

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