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Where is Piccadilly Circus?
Piccadilly Circus is nestled in the heart of London's West End, within close walking distance to some of the city's other top tourist areas. Once in Piccadilly Circus, you're only a stone's throw from Chinatown, Soho, Oxford Street, Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square.
Piccadilly Circus is easily accessible on the tube – Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines service Piccadilly Circus station. You can easily spend a whole weekend around Picadilly Circus, but it's also a great place to stay if you want to see the rest of what London offers.
Things to see in Piccadilly Circus
1. Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain
This monument has been one of Piccadilly Circus's most iconic features since it was unveiled in 1893. The beautiful statue at the top of the fountain depicts Greek God Anteros, making for a stunning landmark you won't miss while in Piccadilly Circus. Dedicated to The 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, who famously ended child labour in Britain, this monument is a must-see for any history lovers visiting London.
2. The Piccadilly Circus lights
Since electrical adverts first appeared in 1908, Piccadilly Circus has been at the forefront of new-age advertising. Over the last century, technology has evolved from lightbulbs and neon signs to a digital screen larger than a tennis court to display various content, from advertisements to real-time weather updates.
3. Criterion Theatre
With its beautiful French Renaissance architecture, it's hard to miss the exquisite façade of the Criterion Theatre. One of few independent theatres in London's West End, the Criterion has been a key player in London's entertainment scene since 1874.
You'll find plenty more theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue, including the Lyric Theatre, the Prince of Wales Theatre and the Apollo Theatre; consider booking a show to make your stay more memorable.
4. The Comedy Store
Home to London's alternative comedy scene since 1979, The Comedy Store is one of the most famous comedy clubs in the world. Featuring a host of hilarious performers, from local comedians to global stars, you're in for a treat if you stop by the store for a night out. Book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment, and head down early to grab a drink at the bar.
5. Some of the best shopping in London
Piccadilly Circus neighbours some of London's top shopping destinations, including Carnaby Street, Regent Street, Covent Garden and Burlington Arcade. Literature lovers will have to stop by Waterstones; the branch near Piccadilly is Europe's largest bookshop. Explore the quirky independent shops in Soho, or walk 10 minutes to Oxford Street, where you'll find everything from high-end boutiques to flagship high-street stores.
6. Fortnum & Mason
Don't miss the opportunity to visit one of the most luxurious department stores in the UK. Fortnum & Mason is home to gourmet goodies and unique gifts. With five storeys of food, clothing, jewellery and homeware, F&M is a great place to stop for beautiful gifts and souvenirs. Visit the famous food hall or book afternoon tea for a memorable foodie experience to complete your trip.
The best restaurants and bars near Piccadilly Circus
There are plenty of great places to eat and drink around Piccadilly Circus. Neighbouring Soho, Mayfair and St James's, Piccadilly Circus is home to a vast range of quality restaurants that will suit every taste and budget. The best restaurants around Piccadilly Circus:
• Kricket Soho – Contemporary Indian-inspired sharing plates and cocktails, perfect for groups
• Cicchetti – Modern Italian dining in the heart of the West End
• Steak and Company – Laid-back steak restaurant, perfect for families
• Scully St James's – Trendy and experimental dining experience, featuring cuisines from all over the world
• Happy London – Casual dining with a diverse menu and booth seating
• Brasserie Saint-Germain – Classic French dining in London's famous Hotel Café Royal
• Shoryu Soho – Authentic Japanese street food with Japanese-inspired sake cocktails
• Vantra Vegan – Raw and cooked plant-based plates, including a buffet
For drinks near Piccadilly Circus, head to:
• Green Bar – Speakeasy serving cocktails on the edge of the theatre district
• St James Tavern – Traditional pub frequented by locals and tourists alike
• Bar Américain – Classic cocktails in an elegant, art deco style setting