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Piccadilly Circus, London

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Known for its illuminated advertising, Piccadilly Circus is an iconic London area that is home to some of the city's most popular sites. Take the Underground to the Piccadilly Circus station and take your pick of attractions: Criterion Theatre, London Pavilion, Chinawhite club, and numerous department stores, clubs, bars, and restaurants. Be sure to visit the Shaftesbury Monument Memorial Fountain, erected in 1892, to pay homage to the philanthropist Lord Shaftesbury. For Piccadilly Circus and beyond, use our London itinerary planner to get the most from your London vacation.
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  • A very crowded place, full of billboards, locals and tourists - you can either love it or hate it, there is no other option. I'm not entirely sure how to describe it - it's a bit tacky and too loud, b...  more »
  • The Piccadilly Circus is an intersection of streets and a public square in London's West end. It anchors a shopping, dining and entertainment district. It was a lot of fun and there was a lot to do. W...  more »
  • London's version of a billboard gallery is one of the more famous in the world. People will probably either love or hate it based on its gaudiness, and it is somewhat of a necessity for visitors, just...  more »

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