Piccadilly Circus was constructed in 1819 to connect the Regent Street to Piccadilly Street. It has been the center of London ever since. Advertisements have played a major role in the circus since 1910, although the neon/electric signs have been greatly reduced in the last 15 years. The Shaftesbury Monument, sculpted by Alfred Gilbert, was added to the center of Piccadilly Circus in 1893 and moved over to the side of the circus in the late 1980s. Interestingly there seems to be some sort of question over Gilbert's statue on top of the monument. It seems to be commonly interpreted as Eros (even on the English Heritage website) while others say its supposed to be Eros' twin brother Anteros. The monument is a Grade I listed building.
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