LONDON, HIDDEN LONDON – FAVOURITE THINGS I HAVE FOUND SO FAR

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So on recent trips to London, I have found things that put a smile on my face. It suprises me how much more there is to my favourite city !

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In bronze, the Young Dancer sits tying her ballet shoes almost opposite the Bow Street entrance to the Royal Opera House and just round the corner from the Royal Ballet School on Floral Street. One of my favourite images !

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This was found by accident and it was so good, I loved my time spent here ! Cafe In The Crypt, found at St Martins In The Field, close to Trafalgar Square.

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A little piece of Egypt that I had heard about until again I came across this by accident. Known as Cleopatra’s Needle. It stands on the Thames Embankment close to the Embankment underground station. Two large bronze Sphinxes lie on either side of the Needle. These are Victorian versions of the traditional Egyptian original.

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This was found on a walk along the Embankment. An old Police Box, Police boxes and posts were important tools for the Metropolitan Police from the late 1920’s until the late 1960’s, when they began being phased out with the advent of personal radios. This the first one I have seen in the city. And this one is grade II listed.

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This is called ‘A Conversation With Oscar Wilde. This bronze memorial is designed as a seat, so you can enjoy his company and his quote: ‘We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.’  Found close to Trafalgar Square.

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Another Police phone box, but this was designed to blend in with the walls of Trafalgar Square after public objections to previous designs. Inside was a phone line direct to Scotland Yard and whenever it was picked up, a flashing light in the ornamental light on top would flash alerting nearby officers to trouble. No longer in use by police, it’s now used to store cleaning equipment for City of Westminster street cleaners.

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And the Agatha Christie monument found in the West End. The sculpture’s book form was chosen both to represent her achievements as one of the 20th century’s most celebrated novelists and also as a reference to the West End’s longest running play The Mouse Trap. The unveiling happened to take place on the 60th Anniversary of the play’s continuous London run.

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