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Piccadilly Circus

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Address: Piccadilly, London, England
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Located at the junction of five busy streets, this famous London landmark...
Located at the junction of five busy streets, this famous London landmark blazes with neon displays, which serve as a colorful backdrop to a bronze fountain topped by a figure of a winged archer.
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It's said that you can't stand in Piccadilly Circus for more than 38 minutes without seeing someone you know, or someone famous. This place is hopping! Definitely worth a look... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

It's said that you can't stand in Piccadilly Circus for more than 38 minutes without seeing someone you know, or someone famous. This place is hopping! Definitely worth a look around, and you can walk in any direction and see excellent shops or eat excellent food!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Area buzzing with live and fun. Road show was excellent. Great place to spend time and know about London life.Statue of Eros is a great spot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Spend a few minutes taking in a busy commercial area of London and I suggest in the early evening (Fridays or Saturdays best for MAJOR amounts of activity). Think of this as the English parallel to NY's Times Square or Tokyo's Shinjuku area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We saw Piccadilly Circus during the day time (London Bicycle Tour) and at night. We enjoyed the day time view; however, the night time was fun just to look around and see all the people and the lights. I can see why people would refer to it as a miniature Times Square. We thought it was worth a walk through,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Over the years this area has been seriously neglected, and there is now a drive to improve the area. There is not a lot of space and not really a lot to see, but it is the heart of London and hence a must see on any major trip to the capital. Fanning out from here there is a great... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Take the tube and plan one day for "outside" touring. Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square, buckingham palace, tower bridge etc. Do it with the tube and get an Oyster card.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

If you like or need to shopping in London, you should definitely check around of this square. It is very easy to come here with tube.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We took a London walking tour and was surprised at how easy it is to navigate the town. Picadilly circus was just another busy intersection. The lights reminded me of New York City but that's all there was besides a statue. It was very busy with tons of people, but I thought there would be something more. It's not a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

A real hive of activity and a must to see. We stayed near Trafalgar Square and walked here, which was not that far. I was more than impressed with the setting, and this is a must for first time visitors to London. Loved it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

If this is your first visit to London use the tube to get there. When you come out from the underground there is an explosion of activity. It's the heart of London with easy access to shopping restaurants and theatre. Regent street, Leicester Square and Covent Garden are all within a stones throw. A must for first timers!

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