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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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5 theaters are just within walking distance from the centre of Piccadilly. We come to here almost everyday because it is also one of them major exchange stations, you can tell by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

5 theaters are just within walking distance from the centre of Piccadilly. We come to here almost everyday because it is also one of them major exchange stations, you can tell by looking at the crowds everywhere. Planning of visiting is not necessary, you simply won't be able to miss it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

One word: GO!!! Piccadilly Circus has everything! Fun, fun, fun! I love Piccadilly Circus! I'd spend all my time there if I could. There is so much to see and do! And, it runs right into Chinatown and Seven Dials! I can't describe how much fun you will have here. It's a must place to go when you go to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This is one of my favorite spots in London because it's just full of great energy and reminds me a lot of Union Square in NYC. You can purchase tickets for shows in the neighborhood and go shopping since it's central to plenty of streets worth visiting. There are also cute cafes in walking distance all around.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Although it's not as glamorous as it used to be a trip through Piccadilly Circus is definitely worth doing either on foot or even on a big red bus. Most buses that travel from Charing Cross will pass through it and even if you don't get off you can say you've been there. It has a great atmosphere at night... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I was expecting Picadilly Circus to be more like Times Square but it fell flat. It's quite small comparatively & wasn't anything special. It's a good place to start out if you want some souvenirs or just want to be in a "happening" area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We visited the place in April 2015 during our family trip to Europe. We visited the Hemleys Toy shop for our children. It is a 5 storey building with a massive collection of toys. There are many demo points. Toilets are on the fifth floor and free. lifts and escalators are available. Payment is accepted in GBP and Euro's. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

***English review below*** Ganz, ganz, GANZ kleine Variante vom Times Square in NYC. Es gibt eine Front mit Leuchtreklame und angrenzende Geschäfte, aber größentechnisch nicht mit seinem amerikanischen Vorbild zu vergleichen. Dennoch lieber im Dunkeln hingehen, wirkt zumindest etwas imposanter ;) Very, very, VERY small European Times Square. In terms of the size it cannot be compared to its American... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

It is as valid as get to know the neighborhood watch a musical in theaters and there are so many of, and I personally love Miss Saigon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Good place to start on a visit to London, busy, close to Regent Street, Covent Garden, Soho, China Town and Leicester Square. Start with Eros, then Lillywhites before crossing the road to "Ripleys believe it or not".

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Always the first place I visit when I get to London. Walking out from the tube station onto Picadily Circus will give you goosebumps! You'll find an atmosphere that is just electric.

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