"Piccadilly Circus" Piccadilly Tip by Bwana_Brown

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  These signs are long gone!
by Bwana_Brown

Visiting London without stopping at Piccadilly Circus is like going to New York City and not seeing Times Square - it just is not done! This old photo from 1979 shows that it was a happening place then, especially in the middle of a summer day. Those famous old neon signs have now been replaced by different ones using LED technology, but you still get the idea!

Piccadilly Circus is actually a major meeting point of various streets in England and, in fact, a 'circus' is a circular open space where streets come together. This one was built in 1819 and its name originates from this old area of London where men's collars called 'piccadills' were sold in the mid-1600s. The Circus is also famous for the nude winged 'Eros' statue to Lord Shaftsbury that was installed here in 1892-93, something very risque in Queen Victoria's time!

Address: Piccadilly Circus, SW1
Directions: Piccadilly Circus tube

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  • Updated Jul 6, 2007
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