Signs of London

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I Spy is often refered to as a spotter´s game for children. Your probably young at heart so why not try spotting signs while you are walking around in London?

Here´s a challenge for you..

 

Signs of London

Postman´s Park

This scenic park acquired its name due to its popularity as a lunchtime garden with workers from the nearby old General Post Office. Along the walls of the gallery are glazed Doulton tablets commemorating acts of bravery each one detailing the nature of the heroic act. The tragic tales documented on the tiles are touching, often involving children and usually concerning fire, drowning or train accidents.

Tube: St Paul´s

Lincoln´s Inn, Holborn

Old Square

This sign on the wall speaks for itself (so clear that no supporting evidence is needed).

The Centre of London

Trafalgar Square.

On the pavement a few feet behind the statue of Charles I in Trafalgar Square you will find this plaque marking the spot where London distances are measured from. In other words The Centre of London.

Embassy of the Republic of Texas

No 4 St. James Street, Westminster

In London, the original building that housed the embassy of the Republic of Texas still stands. Opposite the gates to St. James’s Palace, the Texas Legation’s Embassy of the Republic of Texas was located in an alley next to legendary wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd (at no. 3), which was also the creator and manufacturer of Cutty Sark Scotch.

Lloyd´s Coffee House

15 Lombard Street EC3

Opened by Edward Lloyd in around 1688 on Tower Street in the historic City of London. This establishment was a popular place for sailors, merchants, and ship owners, especially those involved in the slave trade. When Edward died in 1713 his death was mentioned in the Flying Post:

"On Sunday last Died Mr Lloyd the Coffee-Man in Lombard Street".

The Gresham grasshopper

This metre-long golden grasshopper hangs ouside number 68 Lombard Street, EC 3. The Grasshopper was the representation of the family crest of the occupier Sir Thomas Gresham - founder of the Royal Exchange.

Pub & Pawnbroker sign

A leading member of the Royal family, highly embarrassed by a shortfall in finances following an evening of gambling with some friends, was forced to pawn his watch with a London pub landlord in order to pay for his taxi fare home.

As a result of this kind act, The Castle Tavern, adjacent to London’s Farringdon station was granted a ‘Royal’ pawnbroker licence, which will continue to be issued for the life of the pub. So who was this unlucky royal? Well none other than King George IV.

Soho tailor Ghost Sign

(Painted signs fading on walls).

In Tisbury Court, Soho, this "ghost sign" of a Bygone Age looks well preserved.

Little Compton Street Soho

Look down the sewer gate on the corner of Charing Cross Road and Old Compton Street and you will see the buried remains of Little Compton Street. In 1896 this area was demolished for the building of the Charing Cross Road. The street level was raised and an office block eventually was built on the site of Little Compton Street, consigning it to history.

Selfridges & Co

In 1906, Harry Gordon Selfridge arrived in London from Chicago with his heart set on opening his dream store.With his revolutionary understanding of publicity and the theatre of retail, Selfridges flourished under the direction of its charismatic Chief. Now the largest store on Oxford Street. Spy both plaques: the one on the store and the one on 9 Fitzmaurice Place in Berkley Square, whre Gordon Selfridge lived from 1922 to 1929.

Roll of Honour

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