Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus, London: Hours, Address, Piccadilly Circus Reviews: 4/5

Piccadilly Circus
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Located at the junction of five busy streets, this famous London landmark blazes with neon displays, which serve as a colorful backdrop to a bronze fountain topped by a figure of a winged archer.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
How to get there
  • Piccadilly Circus • 1 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 6 min walk
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel32,456 contributions
Not so crowded anymore.
Aug 2021
Piccadilly Circus was always busy and hectic, but this time around during our visit, the impact of the pandemic was very apparent and the place looked half empty.
Written 28 September 2021
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YorkshireShacko
Wakefield, UK117 contributions
What COVID?
Sep 2021
Was in London for the weekend and what shocked me a lot was the lack of discipline of people towards the COVID situation, the tubes were not busy but the passengers on them without masks was crazy, outside stations people stood and sat in groups with no masks.

Worst areas was Piccadilly Circus and China Town with literally hundreds of people stood around or sat at the base of the statue next to each other and not a mask in sight anywhere.

We went into Lillywhite's sports store, no masks again not even the staff, sanitisers about but empty! Into Boots over the road just loads of people with no masks, surely everyone can not be exempt, can they?
Written 28 September 2021
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Lucretia2017
United Kingdom246 contributions
Nice
Sep 2021 • Family
I would go here for shopping at regent street. Oxford street is closer to Oxford Circus but isn’t too far away. The shops here are nice and there are some restaurants I have been to here that are nice.
Written 3 September 2021
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Sebastiano
6 contributions
amazing
Aug 2021 • Friends
5 stars service!
if i could give more i would trust me ! Klidi was a new waiter and he was amazing didn’t expect to have the best dinner i ever had !
Written 20 August 2021
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Mariya Braykova
Varna, Bulgaria1 contribution
UNIQUE PLACE
Aug 2021 • Family
It was amazing. You have to see it!!! Quite lively! There are unexceptional number of shops and souvenir shops. This place will be remembered by me forever!
Written 4 August 2021
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Angela
3 contributions
lively
Jun 2020
Wonderful! A lively place with many interesting shops it's a commercial area with great buildings. I loved the m&ms shop
Written 8 May 2021
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Amy C
London, UK348 contributions
Busy now
Jun 2020 • Friends
Busy now this part of London for years for entertainment and hospitality now its opening up after lockdown
Written 4 May 2021
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Wandering Wonderings
Hastings, UK3,037 contributions
Passing through
Aug 2020
Passed through here on our way to Regent Street.

No circus, just a little winged man on the top of a plinth.

A huge TV screen advertising things.

Pulls in the tourists as it is a hotspot to tick off. But really not that much to see.
Written 12 April 2021
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Brian T
London, UK4,389 contributions
Where's the Circus?
Dec 2020
Most visitors to a London will probably make their way to Piccadilly Circus. It’s one of London’s famous and well-known landmarks, and you should visit it, sit a while there, and explore its surrounds.

But let’s set the record right about Piccadilly Circus. Firstly, theres’s no circus here... no big top, clowns, trapeze artists or performing elephants. The word ‘circus’ comes from the Latin root ‘circ’ for circle. There are many such ‘circuses’ in London; they are usually the junctions of so many roads that they became circular, hence ‘circus’. At Piccadilly Circus 6 roads formed the circular intersection. What is even more peculiar is that Piccadilly Circus is no longer circular. It once revolved around the fountain that was in the middle of the circle. But traffic flow modifications in 1980s saw the fountain moved and parts of roadways pedestrianised so there’s no longer any circular flow of traffic.

Secondly, the ‘winged nude’ that sits on a curious stepped bronze pedestal in the middle of the road junction is erroneously called ‘Eros’. Most people call it that. But it’s a statue that was created in the likeness of that Greek god’s brother Anteros. Further, the whole thing is actually a fountain, the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, topped with Anteros. The figure was cast in aluminium, and sits on a bronze base. Water hasn’t flowed from it for a long time; it’s a hugely popular meeting spot and has suffered much vandalism over the years.

And thirdly, Piccadilly Circus has often been described as ‘the Times Square of London’. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The one giant billboard on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue doesn’t come close the vast neon frenzy that Times Square is.

But it’s worth a visit, to grab the selfie that says ‘Been there, done that’. It’s usually insanely crowded, with people lounging around on the steps of the fountain, and at times it can feel like a bit of a rubbish tip. It’s a popular meeting spot, though good luck with finding someone if you arrange to meet at the fountain. You won’t need to spend hours there.

Living in London I’ve been there, or passed through, hundreds of times. I’ve taken many international visitors to Piccadilly Circus. It is an iconic landmark in London. On my recent visit, at the height of London’s pandemic lockdown, Piccadilly Circus was completed empty, totally devoid of people and traffic. It made a unique and unusual photography experience, albeit extremely sad to see one of London’s iconic landmarks so empty, so lifeless and soulless.

Here’s a suggestion. Visit at night when the neon signs bathe the circus in a kaleidoscope of changing colour. Even better, go at night after rain when the neon colours are reflected on the wet pavements. You’ll capture more interesting and memorable photographs. And if you are in London around Christmas, go see the landmark as the centrepiece of streets such as Regent, Piccadilly, Coventry and Regent Street Saint James’s that are spectacularly dressed in their sparkling Christmas lights.

Piccadilly Underground station is your closest tube station to visit, though being right in the heart of central London it's only a short walk from many attractions - Chinatown, Leicester Square, Regent Street, The Mall, and so on.
Written 24 January 2021
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Mohammed Arjomandkhah
London, UK129 contributions
Mohammed arjomandkhah
Jan 2021 • Solo
It’s not the same place , I hope this virus goes away soon , I rather complain again about traffic .
Written 6 January 2021
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