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Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus

322 reviews
Shopping, Outdoors, Historic Site, Landmark, Plaza, Popular
Ranked #8 in London things to do
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Piccadilly Circus, London W1D 7ET, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7434 9396
https://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/place/77552-piccadilly-circus
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This gateway to the West End is at a busy junction of five different streets in the middle of the city. The plaza, which lights up every evening with the sights and sounds of London’s nightlife, is ... Read more
surrounded by several major tourist attractions; these include Shaftesbury Memorial and London Pavilion.

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Bayside

Many people think of Piccadilly Circus being just like New York's Times Square but, it's really not. There's a passing resemblance, with the big neon signs and displays, but Times Square is much more crowded and busy. Times Square also seems to have much more things to do. Piccadilly Circus appears to be mostly for shopping and eating out in one of the areas many restaurants. I'm not saying that either area is better, just that they're very different.

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Salzburg

If you are in London you can not not go to the Picadilly Circus. You find there shops, restaurants, bars, pubs,...

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Los Angeles

While a bitt less extravagant than Times Square, this is definitely a fun place to stop by and see (better at night).

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Vibrant. The centre of metropolitan Georgian London. Walk to some of the best stores, the oldest shopping streets and St James's palace. Home of the monarchy before Buckingham palace.

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Charlotte

Being here at night gave me a pretty good feel for the nightlife in London. The only problem is that most of the bars and clubs close around 12 or 1. Also witnessed pick pocketing and drug deals while the police were standing on the street completely oblivious. This area is beautiful but probably not the best to go at night.

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This is a 5 minutes walk from the apartment where the start of the West End shopping area is and all the other sites around it. Trafalgar Square is also 5 minutes away with Nelson's column, the National (Art) Gallery, National Portrait Gallery & the start of Whitehall with the 2 mounted Queen's Life Guards on immaculately groomed horses who guard the Horse Guards Parade, a large parade ground off it. Another 10 minutes walk away towards the Houses of Parliament is No 10 & 11 Downing Street, where the Prime Minster & Chancellor of the Exchequer live. You are truly able to walk around very many of London's major tourists site.

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Marsaxlokk

Piccadilly Circus is a busy London road junction and an important tourist destination. Visitors will find the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain that includes a bronze statue of Eros which has become a popular meeting point before continue walking to nearby Chinatown, Soho, Leicester Square or Trafalgar Square. It is also famous for having one of its prominent buildings covered in electronic advertising boards though currently theses are switched off as they are in the process of being replaced.

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Lincoln

Central location for many, good place just to indulge in the culture in London!

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The best part of this is actually the street leading to it - called Piccadilly. On this street you will find Fortnum & Mason, famous for its teas and window displays, next door the oldest bookshop in London, Hatchards, and several other beautiful arcades with unique London shops, as you walk to the end.

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St. Petersburg

Super overrated, yes but quintessential to anyone's first visit to this alpha+ globalised city, do yourself a favour and just go

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The Woodlands

So many little shops and restaurants! It's a perfect place to take a walk and people watch. Definitely one of my favorite places in London.

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Local from London

Bit of a touristy eyesore slash low rent Times Square. Eminently skip able as a London destination.

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Montreal

Can be really really busy. Not too much to see here, but everyone seems to make their way there.

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The San Francisco Bay Area

If I have an unlimited travel oyster card, I like to pop out here at night for a walk around amongst the bright lights!

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Glasgow

This is often referred to as the Times Square of London and it is easy to see why; the large illuminated billboards give this place a unique feel. There is little to do in the square itself but there are bars and restaurants in the surrounding streets that are a great place for lunch. Regent Street and Oxford Street are nearby for those with an interest in shopping.

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Barcelona

So some compare Piccadilly Circus to Times Square, but there's isn't much of a competition. They're alike in that they are both crowded and have big screens and flashing lights, but Piccadilly is on a much smaller scale.

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New Delhi

super touristy, easy place to meet up with people. busy tube station though not as bad as Oxford Circus.

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New York City

It's basically the Times Square of London, but way less annoying. Busy busy.

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Belford

A good meeting point for a night out in Soho area. Many cute places to eat. Not far from theaters plays and more

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Bayonne

The h sting heart of Lindon - at least for tourists. This gathering point is sadly now bristling with so many surveillance cameras it feels a little like a scene from 1984. But it's still an amazingly fun area, flanked by Regent Street, Piccadilly, Shaftesbury Avenue and Leicester Square. Nobody can visit London without seeing this iconic centre - the 'Times Square' of London!

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