Piccadilly’s First Ever Christmas Lights…

This year, for the first time, Piccadilly has been brought to life with its own dedicated Christmas lighting display. Created by James Glancy Design Ltd, the Piccadilly Christmas lights are a series of dramatic, large-scale figures inspired by the statue of Anteros and will form part of what will be the West End’s largest ever Christmas lights scheme.

The statue of Anteros, the Greek mythological god of requited love, has stood in Piccadilly Circus since 1893 and has become one of London’s most famous and well-loved landmarks. Hand-crafted in a South London workshop each figure is formed around a metal cage, which is then covered in wire mesh onto which sparkling white LED lights are studded.

The frames of the five figures that will be installed on Piccadilly required over 2200 hours of welding time and the entire scheme called on the talents of a wide range London based craftspeople including metalworkers, carpenters, model makers, sculptors, riggers and animators.

The dazzling display forms a warm canopy of light above Piccadilly with each winged figure lit from within as well as from below.

Where To Visit Along Piccadilly This Festive Season…

An area defined by its specialty shops and unique offering, Piccadilly and St James’s is the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping with world renowned heritage brands such as Turnbull & Asser, Fortnum & Mason and Floris sitting alongside contemporary brands including Tiger of Sweden, Jigsaw Emporium and Maison Assouline.

If you are looking for a place to savour the festive atmosphere, head to one of the area’s distinctive restaurants or bars who will be offering festive menus and drinks especially for the season. From the fire-based barbeque cooking at Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa through to grand art deco glamour at The Wolseley and the modern British cuisine of The Keepers House at The Royal Academy, Piccadilly caters for all tastes with its eclectic mix of dining options.

For those looking for somewhere to stay in the area during the festive season, Piccadilly and St James’s has a wealth of choices with the likes of The Ritz, Le Méridien Piccadilly and The Cavendish all providing excellent locations from which to experience all that the West End has to offer.

Throughout the coming months, the St James’s Parish Church Arts and Crafts Market will be taking place from Wednesday to Saturday each week and is an ideal place to shop for unique Christmas gifts whilst also enjoying a range of festive street food stalls. The Church is also hosting a series of festive lunchtime and evening concerts in November and December. Listings and tickets for all concerts are available to book online via the Church’s website.

For more information about what’s on this Christmas in Piccadilly & St James’s, contact emily.king@heartoflondonbid.co.uk.