The statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus in London has been a rendezvous for lovers, friends, drug dealers and paramours for a very long time. But make no mistake, Piccadilly’s famous lights has been existing for more than a century. It is London’s version of New York Times – or the other way around. Piccadilly is also a shopping paradise for luxury shoppers.
“I’ll meet you at the statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus,” said a friend I’ve never met in 7 years. I sat on the steps at the base of the statue and she spotted me 5 minutes later.
This is the statue of Eros, the Greek God of Love by Alfred Gilbert.
Piccadilly leads to many roads. Soho London and the famous landmarks of Westminster can be conveniently reached from here on foot.
London’s famous double-decker, red bus passes through here, going to every directions.
Piccadilly Circus is famous for its flickering lights and illuminated billboards that started since 1908.
If you’ve played a game of British monopoly, Piccadilly is a square on the board.
Oscar Wilde mentioned Piccadilly Circus on his world-acclaimed play, “The Importance of Being Earnest.”
Saving Tips in London
To make your trip easier, without having to worry where to go, what transport to take and without having to join the queue for the ticket, you’d better buy London Explorer or London Pass. Both can save you a lot of money and time, especially if you’re gonna be in the city for just a couple of days.
I’m sure you know that London isn’t cheap. I stayed in a reasonably-priced SoHostel in central London. It’s close to metro stops and shopping temptations are everywhere. And as the name suggests, it’s definitely in Soho area where bars and restaurants abound. It’s clean and have nice, colourful interior. The beds are good enough for me.
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