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London
Piccadilly Circus
London W1D 7ET
TfL Fare Zone 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
Like Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus is a central point from which main arteries to West End shops, theatres and Soho fan out. In the centre is a set of steps with a bronze drinking fountain surmounted by the statue of Eros.
 
The traffic edges around the central steps searching for the appropriate routes to Hyde Park, Regent Street, Oxford Street; the Shaftesbury Avenue Theatres District, Soho District and the Haymarket Theatres District, Pall Mall and Trafalgar Square.
 
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The buildings surrounding Piccadilly Circus are covered in flashing neon advertising signs which look terrific at night. Many young tourists come here to just sit on the steps and watch the world go by.
 
In 1819 the Circus was just an intersection where John Nash’s newly constructed Regent Street crossed Piccadilly. In the 1880s buildings surrounding the intersection were demolished to construct Shaftesbury Avenue and new buildings with shops built. By 1910 the shops were renting out their walls for electrically illuminated advertising signs.
 
Eros
The statue in the middle of the circus, known as ‘Eros,’ is meant to represent the ‘Angel of Christian Charity’ not the God of Love. However, most people will tell you that the statue represents ‘Cupid’.
 
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The whole thing was funded by public subscription and erected in 1893 as a memorial drinking fountain to honour the philanthropic 7th Earl of Shaftesbury.
 
This statue was the first one to be cast in aluminium. The architect designed it with a large bowl to catch the water but by the time it was erected the bowl had been made so small that if the water was turned full on, bystanders were soaked.
 
Getting There
To find the best way for getting to Piccadilly Circus, visit TfL Journey Planner.
 
- By Underground
Piccadilly Circus Station   Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines.
The Piccadilly Circus Station has exits on to each of the main streets entering the Circus.
 
- By Bus
Bus Route Numbers 6, 9, 12, 14, 15, 38, 88 & 159 travel around Piccadilly Circus.
We suggest that you use the 'Journey Planner' on this page.
 
Google Maps - Piccadilly Circus