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Piccadilly Circus

Often billed as the British version of Times Square, this iconic intersection is the perfect starting point for your London adventure.

Piccadilly Circus owes its peculiar name to a certain Roger Baker, a tailor famous for making piccadills, the frilled collars fashionable in the 17th century. The word “circus” refers to the circular motion of the traffic, which whisks around beneath the statue of the Greek god Anteros. Today, the name conjures images of flashing lights, entertainment and the exuberance of a city very much on the move. The area has become a must-see spectacle, attracting both locals and tourists throughout the day and night.

Piccadilly Circus marks the junction of Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly and Haymarket. It also connects a number of major areas including Trafalgar Square, Soho, Chinatown and Leicester Square. At its centre is the statue of the winged archer, Anteros, soaring above the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain. Designed by Alfred Gilbert and erected in 1893, it was the first statue to be cast in aluminium. Today it’s a popular meeting point, and a great place to watch the passing crowds.

From Anteros, choose the direction that suits your mood. Feed your shopping addiction on Regent Street. Take a dramatic turn and catch a show at the Theatre Royal, one of the many venues that make “the circus” the heart of London’s theatre district. Spend an hour or two admiring the landscapes at the nearby Royal Academy of Art, or enjoy a good belly laugh at The Comedy Store, which hosts big-name acts and newcomers with fresh gags.

Piccadilly Circus is also known for its flashy neon signage, even though only one building is illuminated nowadays. The dizzying atmosphere remains, however, with lively street performers adding to the commotion. When it all becomes too much, relax with a beer in one of the surrounding pubs or catch your breath in a cosy café.

Piccadilly Circus is located in the heart of London. The nearest Underground station is Piccadilly Circus.


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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London Aquarium are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lambeth North Underground Station is 6 minutes.

    Zedwell Piccadilly
    Zedwell Piccadilly

    Zedwell Piccadilly

    Great Windmill Street, London, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in London City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Prince of Wales Theatre, Piccadilly and Piccadilly Circus. Regent Street and Leicester Square are also within 5 minutes. Piccadilly Circus Underground Station and Leicester Square Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Hotel Café Royal - The Leading Hotels of the World €628
      Hotel Café Royal - The Leading Hotels of the World

      Hotel Café Royal - The Leading Hotels of the World

      68 Regent Street, London, England
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly London hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Oxford Circus. Buckingham Palace and Green Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Piccadilly Circus Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Leicester Square Underground Station is 7 minutes.

        The Strand Palace Hotel €148
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        The Strand Palace Hotel

        372 The Strand, London, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Street and The British Museum. Russell Square and Shaftesbury Avenue are also within 10 minutes. Tottenham Court Road Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Goodge Street Underground Station is 6 minutes.

            Melia White House Hotel
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            Melia White House Hotel

            Albany Street, Regent's Park, London, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Regent Street and The British Museum. Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace are also within 2 mi (3 km). Great Portland Street Underground Station and Regent's Park Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Assembly Hotel London
              Assembly Hotel London

              Assembly Hotel London

              27 - 31 Charing Cross Road, London, England
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The British Museum, Coca-Cola London Eye and Big Ben. Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Leicester Square Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Charing Cross Underground Station is 4 minutes.

                The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel
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                The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel

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                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piccadilly and Berkeley Square. Royal Academy of Arts and Buckingham Palace are also within 15 minutes. Green Park Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Piccadilly Circus Underground Station is 9 minutes.