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 travellers, partly because it encompasses London’s premium shopping streets where most of the well-known celebrities come to splurge and indulge.
The street of Piccadilly is connected to all of the main streets and squares of London by the Piccadilly tube line of the London Underground. Major tube stations like Greek Park, Hyde Park Corner and Piccadilly Circus are connected directly to 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 added 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 and The Haymarket to the east. St. James’s was formerly referred as the "Clubland" because of the number of gentlemen clubs found here by the English high society. Today, it is well known for its art galleries, theatres and cigar stores.
Soho, one of the major locations in the borough of Westminster was until recently known only for its sex industry. For many parts of the 20th century, it had a reputation for strip clubs, sex shops along with the presence of 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’ largely; although a small part of the prostitution, industry still exists.