Piccadilly is a prominent road in London, leading from Hyde Park in the west to Piccadilly Circus in the east. Located within the Borough of the City of Westminster's boundaries, this area is a part of the A4 road, which is supposed to be the lifeline of London’s transport system. St. James’s surrounds Piccadilly's street in the south-eastern direction while the western direction affords a good view of the famous Green Park. The renowned and exclusive shopping area of Mayfair lies to the north of Piccadilly.
Piccadilly has always made heads turn with some of its most sought after attractions such as Piccadilly Circus, The Ritz Hotel, The Royal Academy, Hatchards bookshop and Fortnum & Mason department store. The area is trendy and penned down by many fiction authors in their novels such as Dracula, Albert Campion and the Lord Peter Wimsey series of books. Many films have been made on “Piccadilly” by British directors, such as the 1929 silent drama film directed by EwaldDupont.
Despite being such a small neighbourhood, Piccadilly achieved much fame in the minds of tourists and locals, partly because it encompasses London’s premium shopping streets where most of the well-known celebrities come to splurge and indulge.
Piccadilly road has several major road junctions. The road is part of the A4 connecting central London to Hammersmith, Earl's Court, Heathrow Airport and the M4 motorway. Several bus routes run along Piccadilly. Hyde Park Corner, Green Park, Piccadilly Circus stations have entrances in or near Piccadilly. There are a number of adjacent streets, which can be explored while in Piccadilly like:
All of the above streets are mainly known for their shopping extravaganzas, but fine quality restaurants, pubs and theatres are bonuses that come with them.
St. James’s is an area of London in the Borough of the City of Westminster, bordered by Piccadilly to the north, Green Park in the west, The Mall and St. James’s Park to the south, Haymarket to the east. St. James’s was formerly referred to as the "Clubland" because of the number of gentlemen clubs found here. Today, it is well known for its art galleries, theatres and cigar stores.
Soho is one of the major locations in the borough of Westminster. During the 20th century, it was known for strip clubs, sex shops, and the theatre and film industry. Since the 1980s, the area continued to revamp itself and become well known for its upmarket restaurants and media industry. With police force and tightening of licensing controls, the culture in Soho has now been toned down, although a small part of the prostitution industry still exists.