Piccadilly Circus at night.
An example of Piccadilly is the location of the famous Piccadilly Circus, with huge brightly-lit advertisements.
- (obsolete) piccadill
- Piccadilly, a street running from Hyde Park Corner to Piccadilly Circus
- the surrounding area
From Pickadilly Hall, a house belonging to tailor Robert Baker, from piccadilly (a product in which he specialized), a form of piccadill (“a type of lace collar"), possibly from conjectured Spanish *picadillo, from picado (“punctured, pierced"); compare 17th century Spanish picadura (“a similar lace collar").
attested from 1743; previously the area was called Portugal, and the street Portugal Street (1692), after Catherine of Braganza.
- John Aubrey, the antiquary, chronicles that the sisters of Sir John Suckling, the courtier-poet, once went to the bowling-green in Piccadilly, crying, "for fear he should lose all their portions."
- Thus he was in some cases, as in that of St James's, Piccadilly, content to make the exterior of an almost barnlike plainness.
- The exhibition was held at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, London.
- " Mayfair," north of Piccadilly, and " Belgravia," south of Knightsbridge, are common though unofficial names for the richest residential districts.
- The direct line of the thoroughfare is interrupted after Piccadilly Circus (the term " circus " is frequently applied to the open space - not necessarily round - at the junction of several roads), but is practically resumed in the Strand, with its hotels, shops and numerous theatres, and continued through the City in Fleet Street, the centre of the newspaper world, and Ludgate Hill, at the head of which is St Paul's Cathedral.