Be at One Piccadilly Circus, London

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The name “Piccadilly” is derived from the name of a 17th-century frilled collar called the piccadill. Apparently there was a tailor by the name of Robert Baker who made a name for himself in London by designing these piccadills, and he soon built an elaborate residence in the area. The junction now known as Piccadilly Circus was named after his home, (which was called “Piccadilly House”), and the name has stuck ever since.

During the World War II era, London’s West End served as a prime location for American soldiers based in Britain who were looking to hit up some clubs for a night out on the town. Because of this, many prostitutes worked in and around Piccadilly Circus, and as a result were nicknamed the “Piccadilly Commandos.”

Piccadilly is perhaps most famous for its digital advertisements which are displayed on its buildings

Companies pay big bucks to have their logos and products displayed on Piccadilly's massive electronic advertising billboards, and it is said that the advertisement costs are somewhere around “the million-pound mark.” The lights have been on in Piccadilly since 1908 (when a Perrier sign was first illuminated), and over 50 different companies have bought advertising over the years. The Piccadilly Lights are on 24/7, but were turned off to mourn the deaths of Winston Churchill and Lady Diana, as well as to mark Earth Hour.
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  • Every time we come to London, we always head to a Be At One At happy hour. This one in Piccadilly is great. Friendly staff and great cocktails. Only negative is I booked a table for 4 people months in...  more »
  • We've been there after dinner for a drink, the place is nice, the music is good and Carlo is the star! The guy is funny and engaging. We had a lot of fun with that guy! Amazing piña colada, thanks Car...  more »
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  • Nice cocktails as well as dance modern music. Cocktails cost around 10£ each which is ok. The interior is adequately large to host 40 people. The guys working at the bar services are very polite and make you feel like partying from the beginning. The only bad thing - as in all British bars - is the drunk middle aged men dancing, wombling, shouting and dropping drinks all over the place.
  • I've been to many cocktail bars and this is the best by far. Service was quite quick , when you asked , they knew exactly how you like your drink and very clean relaxing seated areas. Would recommend.
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