Facts about Piccadilly Circus
The central area has major traffic junction status, making it a busy meeting place and a tourist attraction in its own right. It's close to major shopping and entertainment areas in the West End and Piccadilly Circus used to be, but now various booking sites are based there.
It is surrounded by a number of famous buildings, including the London Pavilion and Criterion Theatre. And that under the plaza is Piccadilly Circus Underground station, one of the main subway systems in London.
Piccadilly and Regent Street, otherwise known as Oxford Circus South and Oxford Circus North, are the junctions where Piccadilly Circus meets Regent Street. In 1819 Regent Street was under construction and there was an open area between two buildings. An open area was known as a "Square".
The Earl of Shaftesbury had a home here and Lady Hutton lived nearby. The junction was known as Regent Circus South or Lord Hutton Square. It was not until the mid 1880s that it was nicknamed Piccadilly Circus.
Still, formerly Oxford Circus South and Oxford Circus North is known as Piccadilly Circus. A busy junction is the "heart" of a "great thoroughfare" in London and is shared by vehicles and people arriving from Piccadilly which "lives" near Hyde Park Corner.
Piccadilly Circus is a terminal station in southeast London on the Bakerloo line. It opened on 10 March 1906 and, in 1928, was extensively rebuilt to handle an increase in traffic. The junction originally had gas street lamps before electrification of the Bakerloo line.
Electric billboards appeared on the London Pavilion in 1927, as did automated traffic lights in 1929. The lights were not yet automatic until 1932, when they replaced the manual patterns, as well as the electric junctions that were connected to the traffic lights.
The small circus became a one-way junction on 19 July. During World War 2, many servicemen´s clubs and whorehouses in the West End of London tried to attract British servicemen stationed in England and they encouraged them to visit even though they knew that this was risky. They hoped that the British servicemen, however, would be successful at once, and that there was not the danger that was causing.
Holford's plan for a double-decker Circus, like the original, for instance, will try to improve traffic flow in the areas around the edge of it. The Holford Circus will have an upper deck containing pedestrian areas. Ultimately, it will be a pedestrian heaven, with some ground-level space for cars.The Ulster Circus travelled throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, Brazil, Africa, and the Americas. On average, it brought 100,000 visitors a year to the UK and Ireland.