Statues of London

Statue of Wounded Angel – Kew Gardens

Whether you are in London for the Olympics or to see the sights, keep your eyes open for the silent tributes to the history, heroes, and culture of the city — the statues that abound almost everywhere you look.  Nelson on his column, and Eros (Cupid) in Piccadilly Circus are probably the most iconic, but there are thousands more all over the city.  Here are just a few of my favourites.

Victoria Embankment and Whitehall

Roosevelt and Churchill – New Bond Street

Hyde Park

While you are in the area of Kensington and Hyde Parks, on a lighthearted note, look for Peter Pan playing mischievously in a small garden on the South side of the park.

Oscar Wilde

In the alley running beside the church in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, look for a black marble bench, which is also a striking and whimsical statue called ‘Conversation with Oscar Wilde.”  Sit on it and chat with him for a while, but don’t join the crew of ragamuffins who keep stealing his cigarette.

On the mezzanine level of St. Pancras station is former Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman  looking as if he has just missed his train.

Many of the war memorials  were sobering, and the one dedicated to the women stopped me in my tracks

Among the many memorials to ordinary soldiers and war heroes is one on Park Mall in the middle of the boulevard to all the animals who served and died in the First World War. Some reports suggest there were more of them than dead or wounded soldiers.

Charlie Chaplin

Then there are the statues that just make you smirk

Baden Powell near the Natural History Museum

Many historical memorials forever etched in stone


Statue of pregnant artist, Trafalgar Square

One time special installations pop up and are sometimes controversial . This one resonated with me on a visit in 2005 , a self portrait by sculptor and  thalidomide victim Alison Lapper in the late stages of her pregnancy.

Sherlock Holmes at…..of course, Baker Street

When I mentioned  that the statues are everywhere, I meant it. look for Sherlock Holmes outside Baker Street Station, the inventor of the railways, Robert Stevenson outside Euston Station, a pair of dancing centaurs in Whiteley’s Department store , off Bayswater, and a gaggle of naked gypsies dancing in a fountain in the foyer of Hammersmith subway station. 

Victoria Embankment and Whitehall

Crystal Palace

Paddington Station

Near Bond Street

In Kew Gardens

Hercules in Hyde Park

Paying attention to the statues adds another dimension to your enjoyment of London

for full article, see www. cjnews.com

all photographs by Jeff Thomason

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About The blog of travel & lifestyle journalist Melody Wren

Melody is a freelance writer because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. She writes about travel, food, lifestyle and green living. Melody loves staying in a place long enough to get acquainted. Local customs, markets and traditional cultures are magnets for this writer. When not writing she’s either on the road, in the air, or savoring something tasty. Most of her travels feature outdoor adventures of some sort, although she typically avoids sleeping on the ground. She is an ordinary person that enjoys challenging and pushing herself, facing fears with an eye on experiential travel. She needs to do it, feel it and see it so she can write about it. Her hope is that her stories encourage readers to get out there and do the same.
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