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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Piccadilly Circus London

Piccadilly Circus in Westminster is an iconic location and a magnet for the millions of foreign tourists that visit London every year.

Piccadilly Circus was laid out in 1819 to connect Regent Street to the north with Piccadilly to the west.

The big draws at Piccadilly Circus are the large neon displays on the north side, the statue of Eros by Alfred Gilbert and the Shaftesbury memorial fountain erected in 1892-1893. Piccadilly Circus tube station, directly below is served by both the Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines and is an extremely busy intersection.

Piccadilly Circus is close to London's main theatre district on Shaftesbury Avenue and a short stroll to Chinatown, London's gay village centred on Old Compton Street and the entertainment mecca of Soho.

The London Pavilion and the Criterion Theatre are both located in the circus. Shops close by include Lillywhites retailing sporting goods and the Japan Centre for Japanese food and books on Japan. Jermyn Street for high-end gentlemen's fashion is just to the south running west. London Trocadero connects with Piccadilly Circus underground station.

Other attractions in London in the vicinity of Piccadilly Circus by tube or bus include Westminster Abbey and Big Ben to the south and Buckingham Palace to the south west. South of the River Thames are Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the London Eye.

Piccadilly Circus Map

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