Piccadilly Circus, the heart of the West End, in September 2012
The Palace Theatre, in the City of Westminster, London, built in 1891
Shaftesbury Avenue early on a Saturday morning, in 2006
Shaftesbury Avenue from Piccadilly Circus in 1949
The London Palladium in Soho opened in 1910. While the Theatre has a resident show, it also has one-off performances such as concerts. Since 1930 it has hosted the Royal Variety Performance 43 times.
Shaftesbury Avenue from Piccadilly Circus in 1949
Dragon statue on the Temple Bar monument, which marks the boundary between the City of Westminster and City of London
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Opened in May 1663, it is the oldest theatre in London.
Shaftesbury Avenue in 2016 with West End theatres pictured along the right side of the road
Her Majesty's Theatre in Haymarket, home to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera
Original interior of Savoy Theatre in 1881, the year it became the first public building in the world to be lit entirely by electricity.
The Forbidden Planet comic store on the road
Marble Arch
The Lyceum Theatre, home to Disney's The Lion King.
Queen's Theatre showing Les Misérables, running in London since October 1985
The restored facade of the Dominion Theatre, as seen in 2017
The St Martin's Theatre, home to The Mousetrap, the world's longest-running play.
The exterior of the Old Vic
The Royal Court Theatre. Upstairs is used as an experimental space for new projects—The Rocky Horror Show premiered here in 1973.
West End theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue in 2016
Gilbert and Sullivan play at the Savoy in 1881
Victoria Palace Theatre (showing Billy Elliot in 2012) was refurbished in 2017.

The West End of London (commonly referred to as the West End) is a district of Central London, west of the City of London and north of the River Thames, in which many of the city's major tourist attractions, shops, businesses, government buildings and entertainment venues, including West End theatres, are concentrated.

- West End of London

West End theatre is mainstream professional theatre staged in the large theatres in and near the West End of London.

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Shaftesbury Avenue is a major road in the West End of London, named after The 7th Earl of Shaftesbury.

- Shaftesbury Avenue

The avenue is generally considered the heart of London's West End theatre district, with the Lyric, Apollo, Gielgud and Sondheim theatres clustered together on the west side of the road between Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross Road.

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Shaftesbury Avenue

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Prominent theatre streets include Drury Lane, Shaftesbury Avenue and the Strand.

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Piccadilly Circus, the heart of the West End, in September 2012

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Piccadilly Circus in 1896, with a view towards Leicester Square via Coventry Street. London Pavilion is on the left, and Criterion Theatre on the right
London's Piccadilly Circus in 1908. On the left is the old County Fire Office
Piccadilly Circus in 1949
Piccadilly Circus in 1962
Piccadilly Circus in 1970
Signs in 1992
Traffic at Piccadilly Circus
Panorama of Piccadilly Circus in 2015 from the southern side in front of Lillywhites
Illuminated signs of Piccadilly Circus at dawn, 2014
Tourists sitting on the steps of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain
Facade of the London Pavilion in 2002
The view from Picadilly Circus onto Regent Street, December 2020
Roof of the County Fire Office, with dome and statue of Britannia
Inside Piccadilly Circus tube station
Ai Weiwei launches CIRCA 2020, chaired by Norman Rosenthal and founded by Josef O'Connor.
Signs in Piccadilly Circus, as seen in 2012.

Piccadilly Circus is a road junction and public space of London's West End in the City of Westminster.

The Circus now connects Piccadilly, Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, the Haymarket, Coventry Street (onwards to Leicester Square) and Glasshouse Street.

The junction has been a very busy traffic interchange since construction, as it lies at the centre of Theatreland and handles exit traffic from Piccadilly, which Charles Dickens Jr. described in 1879: "Piccadilly, the great thoroughfare leading from the Haymarket and Regent-street westward to Hyde Park-corner, is the nearest approach to the Parisian boulevard of which London can boast."