42 reviews of Piccadilly Circus in English
One of the most iconic places in London , it may not be old or have royal connections but you wouldn’t mistake it for anywhere else . Its fairly mundane in the daylight but it looks terrific in the dark . I’ve had a special affection for the place since I saw it in the anime version of Hellsing . It really looks good as a cartoon .
How can one review a square? Well, a circular square, no, wait... a circus... why does geometry have to get into this anyway?
It's world famous due to the smog-darkened little golden boy holding a bow and arrow. Or is it the baptismal-font-like fountain beneath it? In reality, Piccadilly is famous for, you'll never guess, even though you know it already: its advertising! Story goes there was a law that forbade putting signs on top of buildings as it would deface the landscape. So some smart marketing guy thought that the law doesn't prevent him from putting them on the walls of the buildings, and off he went! The advertising was such a success, that the real estate cost of the buildings around Piccadilly is astronomical, and the billboards featured probably cost the relevant companies most of their annual budget. Seems to be worth it though, for all the pictures of all those adverts that are plastered across the net, with foolish tourists smiling in the foreground, passing along the new McMenu to their friends back home.
As a square - no, circle - I quite like it. The metro station below is an octopus of exits, with staircases leading to a multitude of spots around the circumference of the area. Going down there is rather fun, as I never know on which side I'm going down at and how far around the periphery I shall have to walk (or in which direction) to get to the entry gates. Or, as a child who grew up in the 80s, I like the swirly Dr.Who reference...
If you only had a day in London, I'm not sure I'd say that you have to see Piccadilly. The statue isn't breathtaking, the adverts are prosaic, the traffic crazy, and nobody really shops at Lillywhites anymore... But somehow, all of those elements combined, perhaps with the odd well-timed routemaster peeking out of the gentle curve of Regent streets Victorian row of buildings, makes this the epitome of London's picturesque life, and a sight that you cannot experience anywhere else.
I used to work round here - and it's fantastic at lunchtime. Lots of energy, central to everything - but it can become very very crowded with tourists. This isn't ordinarily a problem, but when you're on a lunchbreak and need to rush round it's worth bearing in mind as the streets become difficult to navigate!
Well I must say Piccadilly Circus is always busy with traffic tourists and shoppers. It has some really great restaurants bars and night clubs so you are really spoilt for choice. I love it more at night with all the lights and sounds. Also it's very central to oxford street regent’s street.
So really recommend this to you have a great safe time.
This is a place I avoid whenever possible, unless I'm in the mood to be swept along by a giant group of tourists. The flashing lights and video screen stuff were excting when I was a visiting teen but lost their appeal pretty quickly when I moved to Londpn ten years ago, though there is something nice about the enthusiasm and energy of the area; visitors from around the world soaking up the sights and sounds of the city for the first time.
Random facts: 1) travelling by bus between Oxford and Piccadilly Circuses can take 5 minutes or 35, depending on traffic, 2) Lillywhites sells great cheap sports gear but is always packed and 3) if it all gets too much, 5th View Bar is moments away, is cool and quiet and serves delicious cocktails!
Piccadilly Circus is a very busy junction. It is worth visiting this place at night as all the LED light are turned on and the large TV is very attractive where it is hard to draw your attention in day time.
Besides the large commercials, there are several large shops there, like the Boots and the Gap. You can stay at the Angel water fountain while your girlfriend or wife go shopping.
It is a very central point in London which you can get to the China Town in just 5 minutes walking.
Piccadilly Circus, probably the closest London has to New York’s Times Square. Easy to get to, both via the tube and walking down Regent Street from Oxford Street. Plenty of shops and cafes, and great to visit at night when you can truly appreciate the lights, which although they maybe nothing more than advertising banners, still add a certain something to the area. A warning though, if you’re travelling here to go to the theatre, be sure to exit via the right underground subway - it’s very easy to get lost!
Great to see a few times but it is incredibly busy with tourists and can get quite tedious. But as i say you have to see it and if with so many points of interest in and around you would be hard pushed not to! Go at night if you get the chance.
I love Piccadilly Circus. It is a vibrant, buzzing place and our down-sized version of Times Square in New York. At night, Piccadilly Circus really comes to life with the neon lights brightening up the night sky. It is a rather spectacular sight. There are plenty of busses passing through there and you can get to almost any part of London
Famously seen on the climatic scenes of ‘American werewolf in London’ Piccadilly Circus is probably a sight people normally think of when they think of London. The closest thing we have to Times Square with it neon lights is a focal point in the bustling West End.
With the Eros fountain laying across the busy streets from the hypnotising neon’s light that stand above the once burger king. The circus is connected by Shaftsbury Avenue and Leicester square and regents street and goes onto green park. No shops of any real interest really adorn the circus as it is just a meeting place for a group of London streets but does provide a great meeting point for meeting friends.
As a first time visitor to London the Piccadilly Circus sounded interesting. I’m not sure where I’d heard the name before or what I was expecting, but Piccadilly Circus is nothing more than another street junction decorated with some large neon signs. We did some shopping in the area but there’s nothing else to see. Not a destination by itself, but it you’re in the area you can snap a photo.
Arguably the Times Square of New York, however I like the one in New York better. Its far more impressive. However, it is not as crowded by tourist. If it’s your first time in London - this is a 'must go’ place.
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