|From:||Piccadilly Circus (TQ295806)|
|Distance:||2.2 miles (3.5 km)|
|Meets:||A4, A4201, A400, B404, A40, A5200, A5201, A201, B502, B501, A1, A501|
|Route outline (key)|
The A401 is a zigzag road in central London.
The route starts in Piccadilly Circus – giant TDK and Sony signs, Tower Records, that sort of thing – and heads along Shaftesbury Avenue crossing the A400 at its Theatre on Cambridge Circus. There's then a complete mixup with the A40 and southbound A400 until it sorts itself out to run on Theobald's Road.
The A401 then splits off to the left up Rosebery Avenue past the Royal Mail Centre, crosses Farringdon Road, and TOTSOs at St John's Street with the B501 before terminating at the Inner Ring Road A501 a few hundred yards to the north. The road ahead is the A1 Islington High Street.