Piccadilly is one of the most famous areas in London, and has a lot to offer visitors. Thanks to its central location there are myriad attractions and activities to be found just around the corner. The convenient location of the Park Grand Lancaster Gate Hotel means that you will only be a short Tube ride away from the historic Piccadilly neighbourhood during your stay. Here, we’ve put together some of our top suggestions for places to go and things to do around the Piccadilly area, helping you get the most out of your stay.
Just a short trip to the east of Piccadilly, you will find one of the most colourful and vibrant areas of London. Leicester Square is at the heart of London’s West End, and is home to some of the country’s best entertainment venues. If you’re looking to see a top show this is the place to be. Leicester Square has been referred to as London’s answer to Hollywood so don’t be surprised to find the bronze-cast handprints of big names like Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone and Ian McKellen. Film lovers will feel right at home thanks to a range of cinemas that screen hundreds of international premiers and indie releases every day.
Trafalgar Square is full of artistic culture and history, and is just a few minutes from Piccadilly on foot. The iconic location is home to some of the most famous landmarks in London. Stare up at Nelson’s column, which stands proudly in the centre of the square, guarded by the four giant bronze lions that sit below. The National Portrait Gallery, is located at the heart of Trafalgar Square and is home to some of the best collections of classic paintings in the world.
Just down the road from Piccadilly is Swiss Court, which has been the home of M&M world since 2011. The brightly coloured building is the world’s largest sweet shop, which offers candy lovers the choice of over 100 different flavours of M&Ms. As you explore the multiple floors, you can also find some colourful memorabilia to take home with you.
No trip to London would be complete without visiting London’s most culturally gritty area. Soho is renowned for its honest representation of London’s underground scene. There are a number of theatres and smaller venues that show some of the city’s most raw and natural talent.
Soho nightlife is legendary amongst Londoners and clubs stay open all throughout the night so there is always somewhere to carry the party on. The area is also a popular hangout spot for celebrities, so you may be lucky enough to get an autograph on your night out.
If you’re visiting London then be sure to head towards the centre of Piccadilly, the gateway to some of the city’s best locations. Feel free to ask our friendly staff at The Park Grand Lancaster Gate for suggestions on where to start your adventure, and be sure to let us know how your day went.