Corpses & Suicides: Strolling London

It had stopped raining for half an hour so I walked into the West End the other day, and ended up taking a rather circuitous route. I’d started at a friend’s place by Columbia Flower Market, and was on the lookout for unusual things. I knew that London’s smallest statue was in Eastcheap, on the […]

Tiny London

Whenever I return to England everything looks so small compared to other countries – OK, I haven’y flown into Heathrow from Lichenstein but I am always surprised by the low light and the small houses. There may well be tinier buildings – I’m always surprised by the kiosks and bars that get squeezed in between […]

The Mystery Of The Vanishing Statues

On the North side of Blackfriars Bridge stands the grand art deco building known as Unilever House. Whenever I passed I always noticed the beautiful statues decorating it that were designed by Sir William Reid Dick called ‘Controlled Energy’, and above them were arranged a line of statues whom I assumed were famous figures. They […]

Hidden London: New Statues

New statues and memorials appear in London more frequently than you think (not all of them good, as we’ve seen here). A memorial to the Bali bombing was unveiled in 2002, and four years before that, Westminster Abbey gained ten discreet new statues. These have been placed in empty alcoves in the same design as […]

Where’s Georgie?

George Gordon Byron, what a lad eh? If you want to know where he’s hiding in London, or where all the ghost bikes are, head for the site that’s busy mapping all of London’s memorials – and there are a lot of them! You’ll find it here. And you’ll get more accurate information about Byron […]

London’s Bluecoats

You see them dotted about the place in London – little statues of boys in blue. But what are they? The Bluecoats are indicators of London’s charity schools and date back to the mid-sixteenth century. They wore blue uniforms because blue was the cheapest dye available. See more Bluecoats here.