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Sitting at the junction of Regent Street, Shaftsbury Avenue, Piccadilly and Haymarket, Piccadilly Circus is a hive of activity and testament to London as a city perpetually on the move. By night, crowds are drawn by the spectacle of the famous neon lights, and it is the perfect meeting point before heading off to the many attractions of London’s West End.
Created in 1819, Piccadilly Circus takes its name from the house of a tailor named Roger Baker who was famous for making and selling piccadils, a type of frilled collar, and it is called a “circus” due to the circular design, with traffic flowing around the central area. In this centre point, the statue of Anteros, the Greek god of requited love sits atop the Shaftesbury memorial fountain. Designed by Alfred Gilbert, and erected in 1893, this monument is now the perfect spot for a bit of people watching.
Once in Piccadilly Circus, you will have a dizzying choice of entertainment options. For a touch of drama, catch a show at the Piccadilly Theatre, the venue for the first-ever London performance of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”, or visit the Theatre Royal in Haymarket.
If you are in need of some serious retail therapy, Regent Street offers some of London’s premier retailers including the classically elegant department store Liberty. There are plenty of places to re-fuel in one of the many charming cafés and tea rooms.
Art lovers will be in for a treat at the Royal Academy of Arts, in Burlington House, Piccadilly. Founded in 1768, this artist-led institution is renowned for its collection focusing on British art from the 18th century onwards, as well as its excellent exhibition schedule, most notably the annual Summer Exhibition.
Situated in the heart of London, the easiest way to travel to Piccadilly Circus is on the Underground. The nearest station is Piccadilly Circus.
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus and London Dungeon. Big Ben and Buckingham Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km). Charing Cross Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Covent Garden Underground Station is 5 minutes.
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.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tate Modern and Coca-Cola London Eye. The Shard and Big Ben are also within 1 mi (2 km). Southwark Underground Station is 8 minutes by foot and Blackfriars Underground Station is 8 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oxford Street and The British Museum. Russell Square and Queens Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Tottenham Court Road Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Goodge Street Underground Station is 6 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bond Street and Royal Academy of Arts. Green Park and Hyde Park Corner are also within 15 minutes. Green Park Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Bond Street Underground Station is 11 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Victoria Palace Theatre and Apollo Victoria Theatre. Buckingham Palace and St. James Park are also within 15 minutes. Victoria Underground Station and London Victoria Rail Station are within a 5-minute walk.
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.
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.