- World’s smallest Police Station Trafalgar Square
In the southeast corner of Trafalgar square there is the world’s smallest police station. It was originally built so a police man could observe and protests or marches that were taking place, Nowadays it is used as a storage room
You would never see it unless you look up as you pass down Kingly Street. Every hour St. George’s come and slays the dragon. The four corners of the face a represented by four winged heads to represent the four winds, morning is represented by a cock & sun and night by an owl & moon.
Beneath the face of the clock is written
No minute gone comes back again,
Take heed and see ye nothing do in vain.
- Head of Shakespeare in Carnaby Street
There is a bust (head of statue) Shakespeare on Carnaby Street, but why? It is because of the pub The Shakespeare’s Head which was built in 1735 and was originally owned by Thomas & John Shakespeare. They were distant relatives of the poet.
- Bull & Bush underground station
The Bull and Bush underground station is an underground station (actually named North End but given the nickname Bull & Bush by London underground staff) that was closed before it even opened. It was originally planned to be the deepest station on the whole Underground network at 200 feet below ground level. However there were problems with planning due to the proposed surface station being built in a conserved area and the fact that the surface level wasn’t highly populated meant that the station was abandoned before it was even built. It was nicknamed the Bull & Bush station after a local pub near the surface entrance to the station.
The Tyburn tree was a set of gallows where many people were executed. Tyburn was a place of execution from 1616 until the last one in 1783. Today you can find a stone marking the spot where the gallows stood on the traffic island at the junction of Edgware Road & Oxford street. Records estimate that between 40,000 and 60,000 people were hanged there in the 167 years of its operation
The world’s first underground railway began in London in 1863. At the time they used a process called “cut and cover”, which involved digging a deep hole to house the underground tracks, and then covering over the tunnel. The route of the line between Paddington and Bayswater ran through Leinster gardens and meant that houses numbered 23 & 24 had to be demolished. However when work had finished it was decided that in order to keep the upmarket terrace looking smart a façade would be built so no–one would notice the missing houses. The “pretend” houses still exist today.
This football club, was a Premiership club until 2000 has disappeared. What happened was that the club were looking for a new ground in Wimbledon but could not find one but was granted permission to build a site 56 miles north in Milton Keynes. The move to a completely different town was hugely unpopular among the local support that they created a new team AFC Wimbledon, while the old Wimbledon FC had its name changed to the Milton Keynes Dons.
This small golden statue of a boy can be found on the corner of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane in Smithfield and marks the spot where the Great Fire of London stopped. Because the fire started in Pudding Lane and ended in Pie Corner many Londoners thought the fire was a punishment for greed. The Golden Boy, who hugs his belly, symbolises the sin of gluttony as a warning!
As you approach Tower Bridge from the north west side you will see a line of lampposts but look a bit closer and you will see that one is thicker than the others and that there is no light on top. In fact it is a chimney from the Royal Fusilier’s room under the bridge which would have been used by the guards when on duty protecting the Tower of London
Can you find the seven noses of Soho? If so you will attain infinite wealth supposedly!
Actually a London sculptor named Rick Buckley “decorated many London landmarks with casts of his nose.” But who knows why?