London Landmark. Statues of Queen Victoria, Da Vinci, and Columbus

London Landmark

Queen Victoria statue Queen Square.

Victoria Square is in the area of London called Victoria.

Victoria Square

 

This London Landmark is a statue of Queen Victoria at the start of her victorious reign. She was Queen from 1837 to 1901 and died at Osborne House East Cowes. Victoria was married to Albert Prince Consort 1840-1861. Queen Square is a Beautiful Square. It was laid out in 1839 and was designed by Matthew Wyatt. Thomas Campbell the Poet lived in number 8. There are seats in the square and its a very secluded place. You can’t believe how quite it is there although you are in central London.

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Belgrave Square.SW1.

The Next London Landmark is Belgrave Square.

Belgrave Square gets its name from Belgrave, a village on the Northern outskirts of Leicester. Belgrave was once a small village where the owners of the land The Grosvenor family had an estate. The Earl of Grosvenor, later became the first Marquess of Westminster obtained an act in parliament to build the square.Thomas Qubitt was the builder. Building started in about 1826. The damp clay was dug from the ground and made into bricks on the site. Then the excavations were filled with soil from St Katherine’s Dock. The houses are mostly Embassy’s and offices now.

Leonardo Da Vinci Statue Belgrave Square.

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Christopher Columbus Statue.

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Top Sights London. Freddie Mercury Lived Here.

Top Sights in London.

 

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Freddie Mercury of Queen lived here.

This is one of the Top Sights London

Is this in a secluded part of town ?

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No its in…………………Kensington

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Freddie lived here until he died on 24th November 1991.

Garden Lodge 1 Logan Place Kensington W8.

The wall around the door is still a shrine to Freddie.

People still write on the wall and the door and leave notes with messages to Freddie.

Map of 1 Logan Pl, Kensington, London

At the age of 17 Freddie and his family fled from Zanzibar for safety reasons.

They moved to Feltham. Near Heathrow Airport.

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They lived at 22 Gladstone Avenue Feltham Middlesex.

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He went to Isleworth polytechnic which is now West Thames College where he studied art.

He then went to Ealing Art College and earned a Diploma in Art and Graphic Design.

Sadly Freddie died at Garden Lodge 1 Logan Place Kensington London W8 at the age of 45 of Bronchopneumonia (brought on by AIDS)

Some good books for further reading……………………..

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Top London Sights. A floating Puppet Theatre Barge

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A floating Puppet Theatre Barge.

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Where is this I hear you ask.

It’s in Little Venice to the west of Warwick Road Opposite 35 Blomfield road Little Venice Paddington. London W9.

 It’s a fantastic Magical experience open to adults and children.

check out this video link which is all about the Puppet Theatre……………

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Little Venice.

This is a beautiful area in London .

Named by the Poet Robert Browning and Lord Byron.

It is generally considered that Little Venice is bounded by Maida Avenue, Warwick Crescent and Blomfield Road, the western portal of Maida Hill tunnel, other streets such as Delamere Terrace, and the Grand Union Canal itself in a westward direction towards Lord Hill’s and Harrow Road bridges. This is the area surrounding the Little Venice Lagoon and its canals containing the Regency style white stucco buildings.

You can travel there by boat using the Grand Union Canal.

Hidden Sights in London.The Mall, Nelsons Fleet and the Nose, Admiralty Arch.

Hidden Sights in London.

This is one of the Hidden sights in London.

Nelson’s Fleet.

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This website has more details about Hidden Sights in London. Please check out the other pages.

If you walk along The Mall you will see a Hidden sight in London.

If you look on top of each lamp post down The Mall you will see that each one has a small Galleon Ship known as Nelson’s Fleet.

It is said that each Galleon is different and named after each of Lord Nelson’s Fleet.

Lord Nelson is on his column in Trafalgar Square watching over his fleet.

Did you know they were there ?

The Mall.

 

The Mall is the stretch of red coloured road from the Queen Victoria Memorial to Admiralty arch.

It is exactly 0.5 miles long and has been  coloured red by using  synthetic iron oxide pigment. This is to give the effect of a long red carpet.

It was created in about 1660, It began as a field for playing Pall-Mall which is a game like Croquet. It had a double row of trees on both sides.

The street called Pall Mall is just to the north of The Mall and runs parallel to it. Pall Mall also ends in Trafalgar Square.

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The Nose.

Admiralty Arch.

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The Lucky Nose.

Admiralty Arch was built in 1910 as part of the Queen Victoria memorial scheme. It has Three identical arches each with wrought iron gates.

The central arch gate is only opened on ceremonial occasions.

 Enter the arch eastbound towards Trafalgar Square.

 As you pass under the arch look up out of the driver’s side window and you will see the nose on the side of the wall.

The artist Rick Buckley placed it there as part of a campaign against  “The Big Brother Society ” in 1997

It was originally thought that it was placed there to celebrate the Duke of Wellington and was touched by Riders on Horseback for good luck.

 This is one of seven noses to be found in London.

It is said if you find all seven you will be given ultimate wealth

 I plan to find them all and post them on this site.

The Malls character was altered in 1903-4 and the route was entirely new and didn’t open until 1911.

Admiralty Arch is to become a Hotel.

More Statues on The Mall

St James Park is on the south side.

Green Park with St James Palace is opposite.

The Royal Marine Statue is on the north side near Admiralty Arch and the Captain Cooke statue is opposite it on the south side.Hidden sights in London. The Royal MarinesHidden sights in London. Capt Cooke

On the south side of The Mall near St James Park is the Royal Artillery Boer War Statue.

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The Duke of York Column is on the north side

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On the north side near to the west of The Mall is Marlborough Gate leading to Pall Mall.

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On the North side there is a relatively new  Memorial and it can be found between the Mall and Carlton Gardens. This is the Memorial of  George V1 and Queen Elizabeth The Queen mother.

On the south side at the east end of The Mall is Horse Guards Road, Leading to Horse Guards Parade and Birdcage Walk.

Finally why not click here for further reading……….

Further articles coming soon…..Buckingham Palace and Admiralty Arch.

Famous Landmarks in London. Big Ben and The Palace of Westminster

 Famous Landmarks in London.

Big Ben

Famous Landmarks in London Big Ben

Of course one of the Famous Landmarks in London is Big Ben but what is Big Ben?

The iconic Big Ben Tower with the clock in it I hear you say.

I am sorry you are wrong……………

It’s the bell in the Tower that’s called Big Ben.

The Tower is the Elizabeth Tower.

Truly one of the Famous Landmarks in London.

The original Westminster Palace started off as Westminster Hall and was added to over the years. It was used as the administrative centre of the kingdom as well as other uses and is now called the Houses of Parliament. The hall was built in 1016 and became the primary residence for kings  of England until it was badly damaged by fire in 1512

It was then used as the Houses of Parliament until it was again badly damaged by fire in 1834.

The remains of the Palace were incorporated into its much larger replacement. It was reconstructed in Gothic style by architect Charles Barry and the French architect, Auguste Pugin.

 The reconstruction took  early 30 years…………A couple of good books regarding the restoration.

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In May 1941 a German bomb fell near Elizabeth Tower bringing tons of masonry down and causing a fire which destroyed the House of Commons and adjoining lobbies.

The reconstruction

In 1945 the House of Commons was rebuilt in the same Gothic style and took five years to complete.

It has over 1100 rooms and is nearly 300 meters long.

There are two Towers, the Jewel Tower which is not connected and the Elizabeth Tower which has the iconic clock face which is known as Big Ben.

The Jewel Tower, built in 1365 as a royal treasure house and used from 1621 as the Parliament Office and as a storage place for the records of the  House of Lords.

The Elizabeth Tower was known as the Clock Tower and previously St Stephens Tower. Its name was changed to Elizabeth Tower in tribute to Queen Elizabeth 11 in her Diamond Jubilee year.

In 1902 when the tower was called St Stephens Tower, people would be incarcerated in a cell in the Tower for causing trouble in the Palace of Westminster. The last of the rioters to be confined there was Emmeline Pankhurst. She was the leader of the Suffragette movement.

Elizabeth Tower  is 315 feet high and is of brickwork and limestone cladding and has a framed spire of cast iron and was finished in 1858

It was built on a 50 ft square concrete raft. 10 ft in depth which is 13 ft  underground.

The Leaning Tower

The Tower was inspected in 1968 and was found to be leaning  9.5 inches to the northwest.

The Tower may be leaning because of the construction of a four story car park under the Palace or because of the construction of the Jubilee line. There have been more unexplained movements and the Tower has tilted   further. There are cracks in the building due to age and probably movement over the years.

Is it going to tilt even further, or even topple over?

Tourists have remarked that they can see it is leaning. If you come and visit London see if you can see that its  leaning.

The Tower is not open to tourists but it has a staircase consisting of 334 steps to the top of the Tower.

Big Ben is the name of the bell but the Clock and Tower are known as Big Ben by the public.

Memorabilia of Big Ben…….

There are two theories surrounding the naming of the bell Big Ben.

The first is after Sir Benjamin Hall, the Chief commissioner of works when the bell was to be manufactured.

The second theory is after a boxer Benjamin Caunt who weighed 18 stone and fought a fight for 60 rounds in 1857.

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This brings us to this fantastic video of The Palace of Westminster regarding the restoration of the building.

And this other great video

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And i’m sure you haven’t forgotten that Westminster Palace is also the Famous Landmark in London where Guy Fawkes a Roman Catholic convert and his conspirators were caught on 5th November 1605 in a plot to blow up King James 1 , his ministers and the members of parliament.

There’s a statue of Richard the Lion Heart in Old Palace Yard outside the Houses of Parliament in the House of Lords car park.

Richard 1 reigned between 1189-1199.

You can find this statue of Richard the Lion Heart in Old Palace Yard.  Erected in 1860.

For further reading on Richard the lion Heart………………….

For further reading on The Palace of Westminster……………………..

And finally check out the other pages on this site to find more Famous Landmarks in London.