Piccadilly Circus connects to Piccadilly, a thoroughfare whose name first appeared in 1626 as Pickadilly Hall, named after a house belonging to one Robert Baker, a tailor famous for selling
piccadills, or piccadillies, a term used for various kinds of collars.
You will find our Little Kiosk INSIDE the Piccadilly Circus Tube Station.
Piccadilly Circus is surrounded by several major tourist attractions, including the Shaftesbury Memorial, Criterion Theatre, London Pavilion and several major retail stores. Numerous nightclubs and bars are located in the area and neighbouring Soho.
Shaftesbury Memorial and the Statue of Anteros
Piccadilly Circus memorial fountain with Anteros, popularly referred to as Eros or sometimes The Angel of Christian Charity.
The monument is topped by Alfred Gilbert's winged nude statue of Anteros, the Greek god of requited love; or the reciprocal love one feels when one is loved. The statue is sometimes referred to as The Angel of Christian Charity and popularly mistaken for Eros the Greek god of one-sided love, and the brother of Anteros.
It took us a while to get our bearings in Florence, even though it's much smaller than Rome. Rome is criss-crossed with wide main roads and boulevards, but here everything is packed into the smallest possible space, and the street names are often not signposted. But, after Rome, we actually found this narrowness and complexity very pleasant. The cathedral, the Uffizi gallery and all the squares with their little nooks and crannies soon helped us relax, and we enjoyed the views from the hanging gardens over the old town and the Arno valley.
The Criterion Theatre, a Grade II* listed building, stands on the south side of Piccadilly Circus. Apart from the box office area, the entire theatre, with nearly 600 seats, is underground and is reached by descending a tiled stairway. Columns are used to support both the dress circle and the upper circle, restricting the views of many of the seats inside.
On the northeastern side of Piccadilly Circus, on the corner between Shaftesbury Avenue and Coventry Street, is the London Pavilion. The first building bearing the name was built in 1859 and was a music hall. In 1885, Shaftesbury Avenue was built through the former site of the Pavilion, and a new London Pavilion was constructed, which also served as a music hall. In 1923, electric billboards were erected on the side of the building.
Lillywhites is a major retailer of sporting goods located on the corner of the circus and Lower Regent Street, next to the Shaftesbury fountain. Lillywhites is popular with tourists, and they regularly offer sale items, including international football jerseys up to 90% off. Nearby Fortnum & Mason is often considered to be part of the Piccadilly Circus shopping area and is known for its expansive food hall.
The Piccadilly Circus station on the London Underground is located directly beneath Piccadilly Circus itself, with entrances at every corner. It is one of the few stations which have no associated buildings above ground and is fully underground.
The station is on the Piccadilly Line between Green Park and Leicester Square and the Bakerloo Line between Charing Cross and Oxford Circus.
Facts reproduced courtesy of Wikipedia