Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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About
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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The area
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Neighborhood: St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
How to get there
  • Piccadilly Circus • 1 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 6 min walk
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  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan7,351 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Soul of London!
    This circular traffic interchange was constructed in 1819 to join the posh Regent Street with Piccadilly Street. This street and the roundabout are named after the 17th century Piccadilly Hall here. It was constructed by a famous tailor called Robert Baker who introduced the pickadills. These were the stiff lacy collars which became the hallmark of the Elizabethan era fashion and made him immensely rich. The Piccadilly Circus has the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in its midst. It is topped by the winged Anteros, the brother of Eros, which most people mistake it for. Another landmark of London is the huge electric billboard in this location. It has been here since this area was electrified and a Coca – Cola has advertisement has been on it since 1954. It has been only shut down a few times since then like on the death of Princess Diana and on Earth Day when lights were shut off all over the world. Do visit this lovely place to enjoy the hustle bustle, shopping, food and theatre of London
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • abhinavkapoor1984
    New Delhi, India38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit place for london tourist
    Good place to visit, small replica of times square of new york. All way bright lights on ancient monuments around. Multicousine food around. People dancing and singing. Al theaters are around. Highly crowded area on weekends.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Josue C
    New Haven, Connecticut509 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a Picadilly!!!!
    On my visit to London, my family spent a bit of time around Picadilly Circus. Picadilly Circus is a fun and busy area in London, it's a kinda reminds me of Time Square in NYC. It use be a neighborhood, where the aristocracy and gentry resided during the 15th & 16th century. Now there are many shops, markets, and restaurants nearby. it's a place were folks lounge around, some get meals and sit around the statutes and fountain, and enjoy there time. At night time the lighted signs (digital signs) really shine through, illuminating the night. Picadilly is great place to meet up with friends and make plans. This one of the places you have to visit when exploring London.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 31, 2023
  • Menekag
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam1,922 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I love the vibe
    If it’s your first time in London or the 2nd 3rd or the 50th this place does not lose its fascination. Always busy but the vibe is amazing. It is even more special during Christmas time. You see the lights in regent street on one side and the other leads you to Leicester Square or to my favourite places like the RA or Waterstones or fortnum & mason. I always go to Piccadilly Circus just to get uber busy London vibe. Be warned it is absolutely touristy but still worth a visit
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 10, 2024
  • helensims61
    Wark, United Kingdom628 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very busy
    Came on a mystery coach tour for the day. Walking around the sights. Piccadilly circus was very popular lots of people around, there was a street artist doing some sort of performance. I didn't get to near because of all the people. Managed to get some pictures
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 18, 2024
  • laneyislay
    127 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nothing significant to see or do
    There's nothing significant to see or do here really. I wanted to go and experience it but you could just pass through it really. I've been there, done that now. It wasn't as busy as I had expected. There were street performers, a statue and ad boards but that’s about it. Worth a pass through if you're interested.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 13, 2024
  • WorldGlutton
    London, United Kingdom23,074 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit !!!
    We took a cab from our Hotel in Bayswater, dropped down near Piccadilly. Had a casual walk through streets full of restaurants, ancient monuments , pubs, theatres, mixture of shops from watches to fashions , handbags, shoes & souvenirs and entertainment venues . At the centre of Piccadilly Circus is the Bronze fountain topped by a figure of a winged archer. Here a busker is seen serenating , unforturnately its abit too early thus not much crowd . It is a wealthy shopping district surrounded with streets of beautiful buildings. It is a great place for shoppers or just window shopping as well as lots of photography opportunities for those who loves to take pictures. You would never be bored. !! Worth the visit !!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 15, 2024
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand23,147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We didn't really spend a lot of time at the Circus but did pass it a few time on the bus and had a quick walk around. There are so many shops in the area and a few more interesting ones just down the road like Hamleys or Fortnum and Mason. The Body Worlds exhibit is also right there on the circus. The station exit is right in the circus so it is sudden amusement as you step out, particularly at night with all the lights.
Written February 16, 2020
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Babsstockport
Stockport, UK617 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is bright and vibrant and best seen at nightime when everything is illuminated. By day it might look a little tacky. Full of tourists but with some good shops and restaurants it is a must if you are in London. A bit like Times Square in miniature,
Written February 26, 2020
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland31,245 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Piccadilly Circus is the most popular tourist spot in the heart of London.

The statue of Eros (Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain) is a popular meeting point.

The iconic advertising screens look stunning. You got a little bit of feeling like being in New York Times Square.

The square is close to important leisure and shopping areas.
Written July 7, 2022
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Mostly because it's so famous as a starting point to meet or get around in the Westend of London. Although there's plenty of shops in the area, it's more of a place to hang out. Vest time to visit is later when all the lights are on and the billboards are flashing their advertisements.
Written October 30, 2021
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helensims61
Wark, UK628 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Came on a mystery coach tour for the day. Walking around the sights. Piccadilly circus was very popular lots of people around, there was a street artist doing some sort of performance. I didn't get to near because of all the people. Managed to get some pictures
Written March 18, 2024
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,961 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Picadilly Circus is a meeting point of Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Coventry Street and Picadilly.

Years ago when first build traffic went round the statue of Eros but now it just goes past.

It is served by many different bus services and is on the Bakerloo and Picadilly (natch!) lines.

I would recommend it as a place to visit as you wander around the West End. It is only a short walk from Leicester Square, China Town and there are lots of shops to enjoy in Regents Street. A little further away are Green and Hyde Park and Oxford Street which you can walk or take a bus.
Written December 5, 2020
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YorkshireShacko
Wakefield, UK244 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Was in London for the weekend and what shocked me a lot was the lack of discipline of people towards the COVID situation, the tubes were not busy but the passengers on them without masks was crazy, outside stations people stood and sat in groups with no masks.

Worst areas was Piccadilly Circus and China Town with literally hundreds of people stood around or sat at the base of the statue next to each other and not a mask in sight anywhere.

We went into Lillywhite's sports store, no masks again not even the staff, sanitisers about but empty! Into Boots over the road just loads of people with no masks, surely everyone can not be exempt, can they?
Written September 28, 2021
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Belle-Noel
Croydon, UK1,905 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Solo
This is the perfect place to just walk around London from.

Nearby is Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Soho, China Town, Shaftesbury Avenue, Regents Street and so much more.

One needs to simply pick a direction and start to walk. It’s very busy and vibrant here and especially comes alive at night, so it always feels quite safe.
Written December 18, 2021
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Wookash Q
Wroclaw, Poland1,619 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Cosmopolitan place with recognizable interactive advertisement on the building. One of “must see” locations in London. I will always connect it with old traditional TDK and SANYO adds. Most of vehicles there are red busses that gives great view on London tradition. Also good to visit sport multi-floor sport shop Lillywhites.
Written January 25, 2020
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James N
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
All in all, myself and my family were left a little deflated.
After spending £40 in petrol we couldn't wait to see what the circus had to offer.....or didn't.
The tight rope walker never turned up, there were no lions and we struggled to make out the juggler.

My advice, dont fall for the trap.
Its a road junction.
Written September 19, 2020
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