Piccadilly Circus

It is a road junction and public space of London's West End in the City of Westminster, built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with Piccadilly. Later, Shaftesbury Avenue was linked to it. In this context, a circus, from the Latin word meaning "circle", is a round open space at a street junction (though, some "circuses" in London are just usual intersections, for example, Oxford Circus). Two lines of Piccadilly Circus tube station, having the same name, were built in 1906 directly underneath the plaza. Huge neon lights and moving signs, and also the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, erected in 1892 to commemorate the philanthropic works of Lord Shaftesbury, who was a famous Victorian politician and philanthropist, are the major attractions of Piccadilly Circus. Created by sculptor Sir Alfred Gilbert, the Memorial was originally intended to be the Greek god Anteros and was given the name "The Angel of Christian Charity", but is generally called Eros.
Address: Piccadilly Circus, London
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Essexnat , 2015-05-19
Good place to start on a visit to London, busy, close to Regent Street, Covent Garden, Soho, China Town and Leicester Square. Start with Eros, then Lillywhites before crossing the road to "Ripleys... read full review
Picadilly Circus
Schoeman B , Strand, South Africa, 2015-05-19
Always the first place I visit when I get to London. Walking out from the tube station onto Picadily Circus will give you goosebumps! You'll find an atmosphere that is just electric. read full review
Busy and fun!
Geniestalbans , London, United Kingdom, 2015-05-15
Piccadilly Circus is a place that I had been before but I took my friend who is over from Switzerland. It is great to see it from a tourists point of view. I have fallen in love with the chaos! read full review
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  • Tareq, 17-06-2013

    Its amazing to watch people still go into the red telephone booth and act like they are talking on the phone just for a pic. Classic

  • Princess, 05-05-2013

    Sadly to say - I don't believe in the myth of Eros, kissing and love will be eternal :-(

  • Yaroslav, 01-04-2013

    Одно из моих любимых мест в Лондоне. Рядышком р-н Сохо, да кажется всё рядышком))

  • Otel.com, 19-03-2013

    London's famous West End theatre district. This theatre has been the home of one of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's most famous musicals for many years; The Phantom of the Opera.

  • DTourist, 15-07-2012

    There is NO fountain. Idiots, stop thinking there is one! It's simply the statue of Anteros.

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