Piccadilly and West End - Ten Minutes Walking From The Hotel
Piccadilly Circus: It is a road junction built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly. Piccadilly now links directly to the theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue, as well as the Haymarket, Coventry Street (onwards to Leicester Square), and Glasshouse Street. The Circus is close to major shopping and entertainment areas in the West End. Its status as a major traffic intersection has made Piccadilly Circus a busy meeting place and a tourist attraction in its own right. The Circus is particularly 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 (sometimes called The Angel of Christian Charity, but intended to be Anteros). It is surrounded by several noted buildings, including the London Pavilion and Criterion Theatre.
Burlington House: The construction of the Burlington House started in 1660s, but was completed later by the first Earl of Burlington. It has been re-modelled twice, and in 1854 the Government bought the House for the Royal Academy.
The Royal Academy of Arts: The Academy has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate. The Academy was founded by George III in 1768. The 34 founding Members were a group of prominent artists and architects including Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir William Chambers who were determined to achieve professional standing for British art and architecture. They also wanted to provide a venue for exhibitions that would be open to the public; and to establish a school of art through which their skills and knowledge could be passed to future generations of practitioners. The Academy now enjoys an unrivalled reputation as a venue for exhibitions of international importance.
The Burlington Arcade: It is a truly timeless destination, an iconic runway uniting Piccadilly and Bond Street. It is a place where old and new worlds meet, united by a common thread of exceptional quality, authenticity, bespoke craftsmanship and creativity. The Burlington Arcade has been heralded as an historic and architectural masterpiece and a true luxury landmark in London ever since it was first unveiled to great acclaim in 1819. Today, diamonds flash in both antique and contemporary settings alongside the warmer glow of pearls and other rare gemstones, vintage watches mark the passage of time alongside a striking rainbow of the finest leather accessories, gleaming silver, writing materials, bespoke footwear and the melting softness of cashmere.
Fortnum & Mason:
For three centuries Fortnum's has been committed to bringing the world's best products to Piccadilly – often from continents away. Fresh food, though, has always come from as close to these Isles as possible. Fortnum and Mason offers a cornucopia of food and drink, gifts and luxuries. Whilst the Food Hall does offer the widest range of luxurious products, the rest of the store is often overlooked by visitors.Regent Street:
one of the major shopping streets in London's West End, well known to tourists and Londoners alike, and famous for its Christmas illuminations. Every building in Regent Street is protected as a Listed Building, at least Grade II status. Shopping in London on Regent Street is an opportunity for sight-seeing and exploration. Choose between Hamley's toy shop
, Godiva the chocolatiers and a variety of boutiques including Hoss Intropia, Michael Kors, 7 for all Mankind, Sebago and Coach. Wander from the world famous Apple store down the street to historic department store Liberty
and on to the beautifully designed Anthropologie.