London is full of fascinating sculptures. As one of the top hotels near Shoreditch High Street, we love our central location close to such incredible works of art. From the truly historic to the ground-breaking and forward thinking, there is something to suit every artistic taste. Keep reading to find out a little more about some of the most intriguing sculptures in the capital city….
Trafalgar Square Lions
1867 / Trafalgar Square / Edwin Landseer
One of the most iconic sights in London, Edwin Landseer’s lion sculptures are full of miraculous detail and surround Nelson’s column. Landseer was known for his paintings of animals throughout the 19th century, but the Trafalgar Square Lions remain his crowning achievement.
1843 / Trafalgar Square / Edward Hodges Baily
A famous sight for any photographically-minded tourist, Nelson’s Column was created in tribute to Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson following his death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Whilst it didn’t see the light of day until some 35 years after the event, the tribute is nonetheless an impressive one; a statue placed high above Trafalgar Square on top of a 150-foot Corinthian column.
Crystal Palace Dinosaurs
1854 / Crystal Palace Park / Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins
A masterpiece of Victorian public education, the dinosaurs of Crystal Palace Park were favourites of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and today are listed as Grade 1 monuments by Historic England. A curious mixture of fact and imagination, the sculptures drew influence from many different areas including species brought to the UK by Charles Darwin following a lengthy sea voyage. The park has been a public amusement since their year installation.
Newton, after William Blake
1995 / The British Library / Eduardo Paolozzi
Situated outside the British Library, this distinctive sculpture of the famed scientist was designed by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) in 1995. Cast in bronze, it is based on a print by the artist William Blake and features Newton’s figure crouched forward with a compass in his hand. This mixture of the arts and sciences makes the statue a perfect addition to the space it occupies.
A Conversation with Oscar Wilde
1998 / Nr. Charring Cross Station / Maggi Hambling
When you choose one of our hotels near Shoreditch high street, you’re guaranteed to find plenty of things worthy of pointing your camera lens at. However, this energetic sculpture which encourages passers-by to stop and have an imaginary discussion with the famous Victorian playwright and renowned wit is a must. Here, Hambling has created a sculpture which is part bench, part monument, and full of energy and inspiration.
Royal Artillery Memorial
1925 / Hyde Park Corner / Charles Jagger
The Royal Artillery Memorial by Charles Jagger is a powerful memorial reminding passers-by of the horrors of war. A colossal structure flanked by military figures and stone reliefs, the piece is dedicated to soldiers who lost their lives during WW1.
1822 / Park Lane / Richard Westmacott
A bold tribute to the first Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, the Wellington Monument is 36ft tall and forged from the melted cannons of his enemies. Quite a statement – and a fitting war memorial to someone renowned for military strategy.