For visitors, this is the place to descend upon or meet your friends. It is a familiar place with much activity throughout the day and night. For Londoners, Piccadilly Circus is an area to avoid.
The layout of Piccadilly has changed drastically over the years as the city becomes more pedestrian friendly. The vibe remains as vibrant as ever between the flashing lights of the advert board, never-ending traffic and loud voices between bits of laughter.
After a serious look and a quick think, there isn’t much in Piccadilly Circus except a statue that was once a fountain and a massive advertising sign. Piccadilly is the gateway to Theatreland and Soho. It is also is a gate to Leicester Square. There really isn’t much more to the area except Piccadilly Circus is a point where hoards of tourists congregate. I would suggest that today it is a grand meeting point, an overcrowded place to have your lunch and appear in a hundred photographs all at once. A place to revel in the excitement and bewilderment of tourists just passing through on their way to somewhere, anywhere else.
Often I will be out with my camera into the wee hours or awake in the wee hours. During these way off-peak hours, Piccadilly Circus is deserted. Seeing a moving car is even rare. The lights still flash as if to entertain the crowds though there is no one to be entertained. This is a definite must stop if you looking for a good place to photograph London.
It is the quiet time’s everything seems a bit surreal in London. To have one of the most populated cities in the world all to myself is odd, but odd in a good way. It’s during this time my love for London grows beyond measure.
Did you know the Statue of Eros really isn’t Eros? The official name of the centrepiece is the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, named after the great Victorian philanthropist Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. It was financed by public subscription, which is clearly a testament to his charitable work. The Statue of Eros isn’t actually a Statue of Eros. As mentioned, the Earl of Shaftesbury was more of a humanitarian than a lothario so in that context it may not surprise you to know that the statue represents Anteros, the god of selfless and mature love, not his twin brother Eros, the god of frivolous and romantic love. It was the first London statue to be cast in aluminium. And there you have it – an interesting fact about Piccadilly Circus you probably didn’t know.
Included below are a few of my favourite Piccadilly Circus images ::
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