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Piccadilly is a major London street, within the City of Westminster. The name Piccadilly arises its name from a tailor named Robert Baker, who once owned a shop on the Strand, in the late 16th and early 17th century.

He accumulated his large fortune making and selling piccadills. He bought a large tract of open country and in about 1612, he built a large mansion there, which later became known as Piccadilly Hall.

The Piccadilly is home to the world famous luxury hotel, The Ritz. Such a plush hotel in the heart of the West End, combined with supreme clubs and bars in the local vicinity makes Piccadilly a prime location for London Escorts.

At the site of Piccadilly Circus which is connected to Piccadilly, there stands a winged nude statue of an archer, popularly known as Eros after the mythical Greek God of Love. The statue has become a London icon. The use of a nude figure on a public monument was controversial at the time of its construction, but it was generally well-received by the public. It has once been described as, "...a striking contrast to the dull ugliness of the generality of our street sculpture, ... a work which, while beautifying one of our hitherto desolate open spaces, should do much towards the elevation of public taste in the direction of decorative sculpture, and serve freedom for the metropolis from any further additions of the old order of monumental monstrosities."

The contemporary records of Westminster City Council confirm that the statue is generally believed to depict Eros, but was intended to be an image of his twin brother. The sculptor had already sculpted a statue of Eros' twin brother Anteros, and when commissioned for the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, chose to reproduce the same subject, who as 'The God of Selfless Love' was deemed to suitably represent the philanthropic 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. The sculptor described Anteros as portraying 'reflective and mature love, as opposed to Eros or Cupid, the frivolous tyrant.' The model for the sculpture was the sculptor's studio assistant, a 16 year-old Italian.

The fountain, when originally placed, was meant to have Anteros pointing his bow south towards Wimborne St Giles in Dorset, which was the Earl's country seat. The archers arrow was also aimed so as to bury its shaft in Shaftesbury Avenue.

The beautiful fountains, statues and the lights that surround Piccadilly make it a very romantic area through all seasons and a perfect haunt for Piccadilly escorts.

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