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  • Piccadilly Circus is in the very heart of London, therefore it is best to use public transport to travel to the city centre. Piccadilly Circus has a tube stop that will allow you to arrive right in the heart of the area. Once you arrive at the Piccadilly Circus underground stop, simply leave the station and you will find yourself in the centre of the square.

    By 1680, most of the original residential properties along Portugal Street had been demolished or built over. The name Piccadilly was applied to part of the street east of Swallow Street by 1673, and eventually became the name for the entire length of Portugal Street. A plan of the area around St James Parish in 1720 describes the road as "Portugal Street Piccadilly". , published in 1746, refers to the entire street as Piccadilly.

  • Piccadilly was increasingly developed and by the middle of the 18th century it was continuously built on as far as Hyde Park Corner. The development of St James's and Mayfair in particular made Piccadilly into one of the busiest roads in London. Hugh Mason and William Fortnum started the partnership on Piccadilly in 1705, selling recycled candles from . By 1788, the store sold poultry, potted meats, lobsters and prawns, savoury patties, Scotch eggs, and fresh and dried fruits.

    The land to the south of Piccadilly was leased to trustees of the in 1661 for a thirty-year term, subsequently extended to 1740. No. 162 – 165 were granted by the king to in 1674. The White Bear Inn had been established between what is now No. 221 Piccadilly and the parallel since 1685. It remained in use throughout the 18th century before being demolished in 1870 to make way for a restaurant.

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    Piccadilly ends at Piccadilly Circus, a popular meeting place for tourists.

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    Piccadilly was named Portugal Street in 1663 after , wife of . Its importance to traffic increased after an earlier road from to was closed to allow the creation of in 1668. After the in 1660, Charles II encouraged the development of Portugal Street and the area to the north (Mayfair)and they became fashionable residential localities. Some of the grandest mansions in London were built on the northern side of the street. and close political adviser to the king, purchased land for a house; (now the location of ) was built in 1664, and the earl sold the surplus land partly to Sir John Denham, who built what later became . Denham chose the location because it was on the outskirts of London surrounded by fields. The house was first used to house the poor, before being reconstructed by the third Earl of Burlington in 1718. Berkeley House was constructed around the same time as Clarendon House. It was destroyed by a fire in 1733 and rebuilt as in 1737 by , and was subsequently used as the headquarters for the . Devonshire House survived until 1921, before being sold for redevelopment by for £1 million. Burlington House has since been home to the , the , the , the , the , the and the .

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In the streets surrounding Piccadilly Circus you will find eateries to suit different tastes and budgets. The area offers everything from budget Italians, to old-school high-end eateries, to restaurants that also have their own bar and club. Before you head to the area, it is worth doing some research to find the restaurant that best suits what you are after. The area is popular, so if you are going for a more formal dinner, it may be worth booking in advance. For details on the restaurant options in the area, including links to individual reviews with descriptions, contact details, opening times and booking information, see our page .