Piccadilly Circus is a cross roads in the heart of the West End of London. It gets its name from Piccadilly, which is part of the A4, which connects Central London to the M4, going out to Heathrow. Piccadilly was a road dating back from at least the Middle Ages and it had previously been called ‘the road to Reading’. In the early 17th century a plot of land locally was sold to a tailor by the name of Robert Baker. He became wealthy by selling fashionable piccadillies, which were a broad lace collar worn by men. He built a large house for himself that became known as Piccadilly Hall. Although the street itself was formally given the name Portugal Street, after King Charles II’s Portuguese Catherine of Braganza, it eventually became known as Piccadilly and was formally referred to as such by the mid 18th Century.
The road was heavily developed during the 18th & 19th centuries making it the busiest in London. Many mansions were built along with inns, pubs and even Fortnum & Mason. Even Prime Ministers had residences on Piccadilly. It became very popular with booksellers. By the early 20th century though, most of the old buildings had been demolished or taken over by various institutions as the road’s popularity as a residential location waned due to increasing traffic. The area became known as the spot to easily purchase heroin in the 1940’s and continued to be a place for purchasing illegal drugs from unscrupulous chemists through to the early 1980’s. Now Piccadilly is known for its excellent shopping, luxury hotels and offices
The Piccadilly junction is called a ‘circus’ because it refers to the fact that the buildings around the crossroads have a circular frontage forming a circle. It was originally named Regent Circus South and the circular shape it had was altered with the completion of Shaftsbury Avenue. It has long been famous for its huge illuminated billboards, the Shaftsbury Memorial fountain and statue, which was erroneously thought to be Eros and referred to as the Isle of Eros, and as a meeting place.
Piccadilly Circus is romantically thought to be the heart of the British Empire. Technically, it’s a busy crossroads in the City of Westminster, where Regent Street, Piccadilly and Shaftsbury Avenue meet. It is also the site for the London Pavilion and the Criterion Theatre.
As it rubs shoulders with Soho and is centrally located for theatre and cinema, it’s a perfect starting point for exploring the West End and all it has to offer. If you want to shop, it is surrounded by department stores with Lillywhites, the famous sporting store sited right on the circus, being hugely popular with tourists. If you’re planning to tour London, there’s no place to begin quite like Piccadilly Circus. Why not meet up with one of our lovely and accommodating escorts to start your personal London adventure.
Piccadilly Circus has the same nostalgia as Times Square in London. The large bright billboards light up the sky at night and all the sights you’d hope to visit in the West End are a short walk away. It’s not surprising that you would love to have a beautiful escort join you to take in the sights and share the experience with you. After all that excitement you’ll be able to easily head back to your hotel, at the time of your choosing, to continue the excitement until you’re completely satisfied. We are delighted to be able to provide this service in the Piccadilly Circus area to ensure that visitors and locals are always happy and their lives full of pleasure.
You might be visiting Piccadilly Circus for the nightlife, the big lights, theatre, culture or shopping. Whatever your reason to be in the area, you’ll want somewhere that reflects the local history and culture to spend the night. So, why not stay where people like Oscar Wilde, Louis Armstrong, Mohammed Ali, David Bowie and Winston Churchill all chose as their base, Hotel Café Royal. Created by French wine merchant, Daniel Nicholas Thevenon in 1865, it was, at that time, thought to have the best wine cellar in the world. Now, it is host to the rich and famous and a 5 star hotel right off Piccadilly Circus on Regent Street. You could stay in its iconic Dome Suite with two private terraces overlooking the rooftops of London, butler service and marble bathtubs just waiting for you and a companion.
When spending time in such a splendid location for enjoying London, you won’t want to miss having fun somewhere like the Grosvenor Casino Rialto located in an amazing Grade II listed building and right next to Café de Paris with their spectacular cabaret and night club. Before you go out though, why not check out Bob Bob Ricard, an elegant booth only restaurant specialising in British and Russian cuisine. It’s intimate and a bit cheeky with ‘press for champagne’ buttons in each booth. You could have no end of flirty fun there with a date arranged by us to entertain and please you throughout the night.
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station was opened in 1906. It had an above surface booking hall until traffic forced its reconstruction in 1925 and it reopened with as a subterranean station with passenger subways below the circus, three years later. It has 11 escalators in total and exits on every corner of Picadilly Circus. It is now one of the few stations that has no buildings associated with it left above ground with the old station building demolished in 1980.