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Piccadilly Circus

#96 of 1,530 things to do in London
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Address: London W1J 9HS, England
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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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Like NYC Times Square

Piccadilly Circus is a huge round about lined with theaters, shops and restaurant. It is a major tourist attraction and a place to purchase all those kitchy souvenirs we all take... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Bristol, Connecticut
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I guess it could be argued that Times Square is, in fact, modelled after Picadilly Circus, but what we found there were the very worst elements of Times Square and little of the thrill. The theatres are close, yes, and there is quite a bit of hustle and bustle, but much more traffic, so watch out! And the American style... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loaded with cheesy souvenir shops. Drive by in an Uber or a cab and be done with it. Otherwise you'll think it's much ado about nothing.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The advertising hoardings may be slightly impressive. The statue of Eros would be interesting if you could really see it. Overall, though, a disappointing experience - all that many will see and remember is the massive amount of traffic and the poorly set out retail places around the circus.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Piccadilly Circus is a huge round about lined with theaters, shops and restaurant. It is a major tourist attraction and a place to purchase all those kitchy souvenirs we all take home, at least once. Lots of nightlife, bars galore. Piccadilly has its own tube stop. Check out the fountain with the statue of Anteros (some call it Eros) which... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Be warned that if you're coming to Piccadilly Circus to see the big screens, they've been switched off until autumn 2017.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We bought tickets for Les mis through friends of ours. They were paid for and we were told to collect them after 12am on show day. When we went, we were told they had not arrived yet and come back after 2 or just before the show. When we went to collect our tickets that evening, we were given our... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe it's because people have hyped up this area but I thought it was normal/average - still really nice like the rest of London but didn't see anything that really stood out except the giant screen on one building

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the place to be at night so you can see the brilliance of living in such a beautiful city, great atmosphere lights everywhere, lots of places to eat. cinemas and lots of other things to do in this area. Definitely recommend a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When I was young I always dreamed of going to London. The mention of Piccadilly Circus and you imagine there is a circus here? But no Circus = CIRCLE. This is a large intersection connection main streets together. This is London's TIME SQUARE. With Large Displays with Advertisements. Definitely a must see!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Piccadilly Circus is a lively and fascinating place. It is busy place with big and bright advertising. It's London's Time Square. There is lots of shopping and restaurants around this area.

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