Radisson Blu Edwardian Guide to Piccadilly Circus
Our guide to shopping, eating and entertainment in Piccadilly Circus
Known for its video display and neon signs mounted on the corner building on the northern side, as well as the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and statue of an archer popularly known as Eros. Piccadilly Circus is a famous road junction and public space of London's West End. Built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly.
Read our guide to find out what shops and restaurants/cafes you can expect to find when roaming around Picadilly Circus We have also suggested some great hidden gems and unique shops that you may not have heard of, but that are definitely worth a visit.
Shopping in Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus is one of the best place to buy souvenirs from, with many souvenir shops dotted around the place you will be spoilt for choice.
If you are fan of books you should defiantly make a visit to Waterstones, which is apparently the largest bookshop in Europe. You will also find a couple of the popular high street stores on Piccadilly such as Gap, Accessorize and HMV for Music and DVD’s. For any sports gear Lillywhites is the shop you need to go to, it has anything you can think of and it is right in the middle of Piccadilly Circus.
You also have the London Trocadero which also has many shops and Regent Street is just around the corner. Regent Street has many great shops including favourites such as Zara, Karen Millen, Mango as well as many more such as the infamous Hamleys toy store which is always with not only children but many adults too.
Top 5 unique shops in Piccadilly Circus
Address: 35 St. James's Street, St. James's, London SW1A 1HD
2. Fortnum & Mason
A favourite to the Royals, Fortnum and Mason is a quintessential English store, where you can buy the best jams in town. Famous for their amazing hampers, this is a great place to buy some lovely gifts.
Address: 181 Picadilly, London, W1A 1ER.
Dutch fashion retailer The Sting has opened its first UK store, great clothes for both men and woman.
Address: 1 Piccadilly Circus, London W1B 5
4. La Maison du Chocolat
If you like chocolate then make sure you pop in here, you will be in heaven.
Address: 45-46 Picadilly, London, W1J 0DS
5. Jeffrey West Shoe Shop
For top quality comfortable, amazing looking and bespoke shoes go to Jeffery West.
Address: 16 Piccadilly Arcade, Mayfair, London SW1Y 6NH
Cafés and restaurants in Piccadilly Circus
There are many little cafes and restaurants around Piccadilly Circus so if you are feeling peckish there is no need to worry.
In terms of fast food you can find McDonalds, Burger King, KFC and many more. However you also have many other great places to go and eat, such as Planet Hollywood, The Rain Forest Café – both of which are great fun and brilliant for children.
If you are a fan of Japanese restaurants you are in luck, there are many great little Japanese restaurants in the area, so just keep your eyes open as you are walking around.
You also have Gaucho which specialises in Argentinean food, The Sports Café that is International, Chowki and Veeraswamy that are both great Indian restaurants. As you walk around you will find many other cafes and restaurants that may catch your eye.
Top 5 hidden Gems
Mint Leaf – Located on Suffolk Place, delicious Indian restaurant.
Francos Italian – Located on Jermyn Street Franco’s is one of the best Italian restaurantin in town
Momo – Located on Heddon Street, this restaaurant specialises in North African food, recently on Gordon Ramsey’s 'Best Restaurants', Momo’s has great atmosphere.
La Caprice – Located on Arlington Street, with amazing quality food and a favourite to many A-list celebrities.
Rules – Located on Maiden Lane great for a traditional British experience, Rules specialises in classic game cookery, oysters, pies and puddings.
CityHawk recommends five nearby restaurants that have a table available at the time of your search and lets you book on the go.
Entertainment and going out in Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus is London’s answer to Time Square, there is always a great feel and buzz around the area, from the neon lights to the hustle and bustle of the large crowds. This alone is enough to entertain you.
For a fun day you have the London Trocodero which has a great gaming arcade, popular with both children as well as adults.
However there are many other ways of entertaining yourself when in the area; firstly you have a choice of many different cinemas in the area such as the Odeon in Leicester Square as well as the more quirky cinemas like the Prince Charles cinema and the Curzon which is on Shaftesbury Avenue and has a fully licensed bar and the Queens Theatre.In terms of bars and clubs you have the Pigalle Club, Café de Paris, Ronnie Scotts – which is great for Jazz and Vendome which usually has a great atmosphere. .
Getting around and public transport in Piccadilly Circus
The closest tube stations to Piccadilly Circus would we Piccadilly and Leicester Square.
Hotels near Piccadilly Circus