Piccadilly CircusCraig Easy to get to?★★★ Good for kids?★★★ Value for money?n/a Worth a visit?★★★303
Piccadilly Circus is one of London’s major thoroughfares. It was built in 1819 when John Nash mapped Regent Street. Its circular nature (the circus) was lost when work began on Shaftesbury Avenue in the 1880s.
The bright lights that dominate the square were added in the early 20th-century, and have become a favourite photo call of tourists.
The Eros statue
Ask any Londoner, and they’ll happily tell you that the Eros statue at the centre of Piccadilly Circus represents the Greek god of Love – but they’re wrong! It actually represents the Angel of Christian Charity.
It was erected in 1892 to commemorate Anthony Cooper, the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, whose tireless work for the poor and mentally ill led to calls for a memorial.
exile – “You call them neon lights? You should get on a plane to times square and see what a proper set of neon advertisng lights is like. I went to japan once and they had the whole side of buildings lit up with computer lcd tv screens. Piccailly circus has got about a tennis court size amount of lights on just one building. From the impression I got of Piccadilly circus before I went, I thought it was going to be all neon lights and tv screens like time square. I almost had to a double take to make sure I was in the right place. They should get rid of all the traffic too, and make it so only people can walk around because some of the roads are like highways with traffic roaring round them.”