Category Archives: London

Friday Bench: Improvised?

I’m not sure if the planters at bustling Covent Garden are designed to double up as benches, but those waiting there seem to think they are. One poor person’s phone is so heavy, they need to rest it on the roadworks sign as well 😉

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Friday Bench: Private

A trip to London last Saturday was surprisingly lacking in benches until I arrived at my lunchtime destination. This was enough to interest me, then…

… my friends pointed out the bench was marked ‘Private’.

Private?!!!!??*@$*!!!!

It made them even more delighted to sit and pose for me! Thanks Sara and Alison 🙂

What is wrong with this picture

United Visual Arts’ tribute to Alan Turing who was born in Paddington. You can find out more about this artwork here and there’s also an art trail you can follow in this area.

Bedlam

A different kind of blue plaque

A surprise find near Liverpool Street Station, courtesy of a diversion on the way to Broadgate Circle forced by the building of Crossrail. Bethlehem hospital was a notorious mental institution from which the word ‘bedlam’ is derived from the hospital’s old nickname. It has also served as inspiration for numerous stories and horror films.

This is the second of these plaques I’ve found. I came across the first last year at the site of Upholder’s Hall, a building destroyed in the Fire of London.

Apparently there are about 160 of them maintained by the City of London*. I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to find them, seeing I’ve visited London frequently over the past few years.

The city’s website has taken down its map, so this one is going to come in handy in future. I also like this article about some of London’s alternative schemes.

* = of this particular scheme which is one of the oldest in the world, and differs from the more familiar one run by English Heritage.