Park Lane Playing

The iconic red double-decker buses seen zipping around London have become synonymous with the city, and nowhere are they more prominent than in Piccadilly Circus, one of London’s most visited sites and a hub of activity from dusk ‘til dawn. Conveniently located in the Park Lane district, Piccadilly Circus is readily accessible from (The Park Lane hotel) and is within walking distance from all of the Park Lane hotels. This historic area of London was created before the reign of King George IV as part of an effort to connect Carlton House, residence of the Prince Regent, to Regent’s Park. Since the creation of Shaftesbury Avenue in 1885, Piccadilly plaza has become a busy intersection of five major streets and is at the heart of many popular tourist attractions, including The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square, and the Royal Opera House. The center of Piccadilly boasts another piece of history in the form of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, created in 1893 in commemoration of the Victorian philanthropist, Lord Shaftesbury, who did much to help the poor. Originally envisioned as the Christian Angel of Charity, the statue atop the fountain was renamed Eros after the Greek God of Love and regularly attracts crowds.
This thriving locale was dubbed Piccadilly Circus in the 17th century, a designation derived from a type of frilled collar called “piccadil.” “Circus” refers to the roundabout that directed the flow of traffic. For a time in the 19th century, Piccadilly was comparable to Times Square in New York City, decorated with flashy, illuminated billboards to attract advertisers. In addition to its proximity to tourist sites, this section of London provides a wide range of shopping options, as well as diverse restaurants and pubs. Today, the district has become more pedestrian friendly and is a popular area for locals and tourists alike, both young and old.

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April 5, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Destinations


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