Photographer's Note

When will we see crowds of people like this again?

No social distancing, but then in 2013 we were totally unaware of what was to come in 2020.

This is Piccadilly Circus, one of the most famous intersections on the planet; it is estimated that nearly 100 million people walk through here each year.
On first arriving you might be underwhelmed by the place, but once you stop and people-watch, you begin to understand why it is such a special place in London.

The name 'Piccadilly' is derived from the name of a 17th century frilled collar called a piccadill.
There was a tailor, who made a name for himself by designing these piccadills. He soon built an elaborate residence in the area.
The junction now known as Piccadilly Circus was named after his home - Piccadilly House.

The fountain in the centre is The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, named after Lord Shaftesbury.

The statue at the top of the fountain depicts the Angel of Christian Charity, however it was later renamed Eros, after the Greek god of love and beauty.

As I was editing this shot I noticed some gold divers on top of one of the buildings to the right.
I hadn't spied these when there, but now discover that there are three divers, called The Three Graces, who perpetually spring from the roof of the Criterion extension.
Created by sculptor Rudy Weller, in 1992.

Thanks for looking.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Jean Dwyer (jean113) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2005 W: 0 N: 6438] (24773)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2013-08-04
  • Camera: Panasonic Lumix TZ30
  • Exposição: 1/636 segundos
  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2020-08-19 8:50
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