When walking out and about in London, don’t forget to look up. Otherwise you’ll miss some strange and intriguing sights. I know it can be hard as one is always attempting to dodge crowds (people in Lindon walk on any side of the footpath and ignore traffic lights), to not trip on uneven paving and guttering and to avoid stepping in dog poo. Still, pause. And look up.
A symbol of the business or a folly? High above the Royal Exchange building, a golden grasshopper speared on the spike. (“Research” tells me the grasshopper is the crest above the coat of arms of the fellow who had the Royal Exchange built.)
Golden galleon atop a weather vane on Trinity House, Tower Hill. This building houses a Mariners’ Guild which looks after lighthouses.
Fancy brickwork chimneys.
Crown on a turret. As befits a royal palace.
Crown on a street lamp. Outside another royal palace. (Maybe the security and road blocks are not subtle enough an indicator?)
Facade for a row of terraces.
Such a big row of terraces, and up so high, it’s hard to get them all in.
Holding buildings up or apart.
Art work in a shopping arcade.
St George slaying the dragon. At Windsor Castle.
No one misses this one – Eros in Piccadilly. Strange that tourists crowd around it, selfie sticks waving, when the statue is disappointingly small and there are other grander and more interesting statues.