- Cambridge Circus, London
Cambridge Circus is a
Londontraffic intersection (not actually a roundabout) at the intersection of Shaftesbury Avenueand Charing Cross Road. The Palace Theatre is located on the west side of the junction.
In several of the
spy novels written by John le Carréand featuring the character George Smiley(for example, " Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"), the Secret Intelligence Serviceis referred to as "The Circus" because of its supposed location at Cambridge Circus. This name and location are a case of artistic licence on the part of John le Carré. At the time the novels in question were written, the actual SIS HQ was Century House, a modern office block in Lambeth.
The junction is situated about halfway between
Tottenham Court Road tube station(at St Giles' Circus) and Leicester Square. The more famous Oxford Circusis much farther away.
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