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Piccadilly Circus
Vacation Travel Guide

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

Piccadilly Circus garnered its peculiar name from Roger Baker, a tailor famous for making men’s piccadills, the frilled collars fashionable in the 17th century. The word “circus” refers to the circular motion of traffic, which whisks around beneath the statue of the Greek god Anteros. Today, the name represents flashing lights, entertainment and the exuberance of a city on the move. Piccadilly Circus has become a must-see spectacle, which draws locals and tourists day and night.

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

From Anteros, choose a direction to suit 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 makes “the circus” the heart of London’s theater 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 showcases big-name acts as well newcomers with fresh gags.

Piccadilly Circus is also known for its flashy neon signage, but these days, only one building is illuminated. The dizzying atmosphere remains, however, with lively curbside entertainers adding to the commotion. When it all becomes too much, order a beer from one of the surrounding pubs or catch your breath in a cozy 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
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is CA $178 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital ...

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Thistle Piccadilly
Thistle Piccadilly
4 out of 5
Coventry Street, London, England
Free cancellation
The price is CA $162 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The British Museum, London Eye and Buckingham Palace. Big Ben and Hyde Park are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (817 reviews)

"The Piccadilly was closed so they moved me to their sister hotel. Wonderful stay! Wonderful customer service. Hotel was exceptionally clean!"…"

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The Cavendish London
The Cavendish London
4 out of 5
81 Jermyn Street, St James's, London, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $227 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Academy of Arts and Piccadilly Circus. Buckingham Palace and Oxford ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (991 reviews)

"Clean, comfortable and great location. Bed was huge and comfortable. The box breakfast could have been better, there was plenty of it but the croissant was stale and banna was chilled."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 20, 2020

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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
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4 out of 5
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The price is CA $178 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
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4 out of 5
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The price is CA $162 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
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The price is CA $227 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
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5 out of 5
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The price is CA $675 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21
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The price is CA $260 per night from Dec 27 to Dec 28
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5 out of 5
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