Piccadilly Circus, London, UK

by Mel May. 06, 2009 4620 views

Built in 1819, ‘Piccadilly Circus’ is a famous road junction and public space of London's West End. The Circus is particularly known for its video display and neon signs mounted on the corner building on the northern side.

At the south-western side of the Circus stands the 'Shaftesbury Monument Memorial Fountain', erected in 1892-1893 to commemorate the philanthropic works of Lord Shaftesbury.

The monument is topped by Alfred Gilbert's winged nude statue of an archer, sometimes referred to (inaccurately) as The Angel of Christian Charity and popularly (also inaccurately) known as Eros after the mythical Greek God of Love - but it was actually intended to be an image of his twin brother, Anteros.

The phrase “it's like Piccadilly Circus” is commonly used in the UK to refer to a place or situation which is extremely busy with people. It has been said that a person who stays long enough at Piccadilly Circus will eventually bump into everyone they know.

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Ayundari Gunansyach 8 years ago

yay! i'll be there on july! i always love that placeeeeee!

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Tom 8 years ago

Thanks for the tour wonderful shots

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Sandra Vermeulen 8 years ago

Good shots, cool place !!

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Kerry 8 years ago

Ah I love it there - I remember how I felt the first time I came out of the Tube at Piccadilly - so exciting! I had been dying to get there forever... one day I'll go back! haha

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