The streets and public spaces of London are rich with statues and monuments commemorating the city's great figures and events - from Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square and Sir Christopher Wren's Great Fire Monument to the charming Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens, the range is glorious. Some commemorate events, while others celebrate people real or fictional; some take the form of small reliefs, while others are huge bronzes on pedestals, larger than life-size. Executed in stone, bronze and a range of other materials, London's statues and monuments include work by some of the world's greatest sculptors, and this book is a fully illustrated guide to the pieces and their stories: sometimes surprising and occasionally controversial, but always fascinating.
Peter Matthews worked for many years for the London Tourist Board, during this time he studied to become a registered London Blue Badge Guide. He now works for the Museum of London. He has also written London's Bridges for Shire.
?Introduction / Trafalgar Square / Whitehall and Horse Guards / Parliament Square and Victoria Tower Gardens / Victoria Embankment / Strand, Aldwych and Holborn / The City: West / The City: Central / The City: East / Soho / Mayfair and Park Lane / St James's / The Mall to Victoria Street / Hyde Park Corner / Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park / Belgravia and Pimlico / Kensington / Chelsea / Paddington and Bayswater / Marylebone / Bloomsbury, Euston and St Pancras / South Bank / Southwark / Greenwich and Woolwich / North London / West London / South London / East London / Further Reading / Index