Located in the City of Westminster in the West End area, Piccadilly Circus is a busy traffic and a crossroads junction where many streets of London converge and are famous for housing many historic places, shopping centres, exotic nightlife and a large number of restaurants and cafes. Piccadilly Circus is the name of the open space created by the merger of these streets and it has become a major tourist attraction in its own rights.
The streets converging on Piccadilly Circus lead to many important London Attractions that include Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, The National Portrait Gallery, The National Gallery and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. The other close-by major attractions include St James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace, 10, Downing Street and Big Ben. Piccadilly Circus is a glamorous street junction that is embellished with video displays and neon signs, the famous ‘statue of Eros,’ and many other notable attractions such as the London Pavilion and Criterion Theatre. This place is always awfully busy.
By virtue of the fact that this junction is so important and has a strategic location close to most attractions of London, most visitors to London prefer to stay in or around this area, due to which Hotels in Piccadilly Circus are available in plenty and in different categories to meet the requirements of people with different budgets.
One of the most important attractions near Piccadilly Circus is the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain which is also called the Statue of Eros, because this refers to the statue that is perched on top of the fountain. The figure of the statue is completely nude and as such it was considered risqué in the beginning. It was the first statue in the world to be cast in aluminium and it has been given an external bronze coating. It is close to Piccadilly Circus Underground station that services both the Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines and offers convenient links to Heathrow Airport and to other places of London.
The other major attractions of the area are the electric billboard advertisements and neon lights that have become world-famous. However, there are only six illuminated advertising screens left. The lights are switched off on special occasions, having been previously switched off to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of World War I and more recently to mourn the passing away of Winston Churchill and Diana, princess of Wales.
Visitors to London who wish to stay in the hub of all activities and be close to most attractions and other places of interest will find it convenient to stay at The Shaftesbury Piccadilly Hotel where they will also get luxurious accommodation with the best of facilities and personalized services.
Some of the advertising signs here include that of Coca Cola that has been there since 1954; TDK since 1990; McDonalds since 1987; Hyundai since 2011; Samsung since 1994; and LG since 2007.
It is interesting to note that Piccadilly Circus was also used as a code name given to the Allies’ D-Day invasion fleet’s assembly location in the English Channel.
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