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Piccadilly Circus

 
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Westminster
London, W1B
 
 
 
 

Built in 1819 to connect Regent Street to Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus is a major road junction and open space in the centre of London, famous for its illuminated video and advertising boards on the north junction with Shaftesbury Avenue, as well as the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain and a large statue of Eros on the junction with Haymarket. Originally a true circular junction (the Circus in the name originates from the Latin use, as reflected in the number of 'Circus' junctions in Ancient Roman cities), the completion of construction of Shaftesbury Avenue in 1886 saw Piccadilly Circus become a simple road junction, yet it remains one of the busiest in the capital.

Hence the placement of one of Moriarty's unfortunate bomb victims in the centre of the Circus' layout in The Great Game.

In the canon though, Piccadilly Circus has a more important role to play. In the Criterion Bar, on the south side of the Circus, Doctor John Watson first heard mention of the name 'Sherlock Holmes' from his friend Stamford. In the original un-broadcast pilot for the series, John encounters Mike Stamford on the street outside the Criterion Theatre, and the pair then lunch inside the Criterion Restaurant, where Stamford first name drops Sherlock, completely reflecting the original canon. In the final version of A Study in Pink, the pair instead meet in Russell Square Gardens, but still partake in a Criterion Coffee on a park bench.

Piccadilly Circus also appears in the opening credits montage of every episode of the series.

Episodes Piccadilly Circus has appeared in

 
The Great Game (Episode 3, Series 1)

The nearest Underground station is Piccadilly Circus [Piccadilly, Bakerloo], which exits directly onto Piccadilly Circus itself.

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