Piccadilly Circus is one of London’s most famous landmarks and sightseeeing attractions.
Situated at the junction of five busy streets in the centre of London, Piccadilly Circus is dominated by huge neon advertising signs.
At its heart is a bronze fountain topped by a figure of a winged archer. The statue is popularly called Eros, the pagan god of love, but it was in fact designed in the 19th century as a symbol of Christian charity – a monument to Lord Shaftesbury, a philanthropist.
Piccadilly Circus is often wrongly spelt as Picadilly Circus or Picadily Circus
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly Line)
Selfridges is one of London’s premier shopping destinations. Selfridges is a department store located on Oxford Street. It has the largest cosmetics hall in Europe and arguably London’s best food hall.
Selfridges Opening Hours:
Location: 400 Oxford Street London W1A 1AB
Nearest underground tube station: Bond Street or Marble Arch
Brick Lane is a long street in the East End of London popular with London visitors and locals and famous for its Sunday Market.
Brick Lane is located in the heart of the Bangladeshi community, and the area is affectionately known as Banglatown. It is one of the most vibrant areas of London. In recent times it has become one of the trendiest areas of London. At the north end of Brick Lane is arty bohemian Shoreditch.
Brick Lane is lined with fantastic curry houses, hip boutiques and cool bars.
At the north end of the lane is the 24 hour Brick Lane Beigel Bake which is a East End institution famed for its cream cheese and salmon beigels.
Brick Lane is also very popular with street artists and cool graffiti can be found on many walls and shop shutters.
Brick Lane Market
Every Sunday there is a market located at the north end of the street. Almost anything can be found on Brick Lane, from antique books to vintage clothes and old 78rpm records. Brick Lane market hosts a cornucopia of delights and is a photographers dream – although beware not all the stall holders want to be featured in your London art project, so its best to seek permission before snapping.
Brick Lane Market Opening Times
Brick Lane Market runs from 8am to 2pm every Sunday.
Location: Brick Lane, London E1
Nearest underground tube stations:
Aldgate East (Distric Line) Liverpool Street (Central Line)
The Tower of London is a Royal Palace and Fortress, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of London’s oldest buildings. The Tower of London is a fantastic place to visit, full of history and artefacts. If you want to get a sense of London’s history and monarchy this is a super place to spend a day.
The Queen’s Royal Jewels are kept here, guarded by the Tower’s Beefeater guards in their famous red and black uniforms.
It is located on the north side of the River Thames and within walking distance of Tower Bridge.
Tower Bridge is probably the world’s most famous bridge and certainly one of the most photogenic. With its two spectacular towers it dominates the River Thames.
Opened in 1894, the bridge is 800 feet (244 meters) in length with two towers each 213 feet (65 m) high, built on piers. The central span of 200 feet (61 m) between the towers is split into two equal bascules or leaves, which can be raised to an angle of 83 degrees to allow river traffic to pass.
To learn more about the history, design and building of Tower Bridge, the people involved in its construction and why it was needed, visit The Tower Bridge Exhibition which is situated inside the bridge’s towers and is open daily.
Location:Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1
Nearest Tube: Tower Hill
No visit to London is complete without a visit to Trafalgar Square. The capital’s largest and most iconic square.
Trafalgar Square is a large open space dominated by Nelson’s Column – a 145 foot tall stone column, that has on its top, a statue of one of Britain’s greatest military heroes, Admiral Horatio Nelson.
Admiral Nelson led the British Navy to victory in a the naval sea battle against the French and Spanish fleets in 1805. Although the British won the battle Admiral Nelson was killed during it and hence the column and the square itself commemorate his life and contribution to British history.
At the base of the column are four large bronze panels that depict some of Admiral Nelson’s many naval battles. Surrounding the column are four huge lions that tourists can be seen attempting, and often failing, to climb.
Opening Times: Always open
Nearest Tube Station: Charing Cross