Sunday Sights

St. James’s Park

Every Sunday I’m posting a photograph of an iconic building, location or view in London. As a tour guide, I take great pleasure in showing these world famous sights to visitors and this weekly blog series will serve as a virtual extension of my guided walks.

StJamesParkfebAlthough located right in the middle of London, I must shamefully admit I don’t visit St. James’s Park as often as I should. Sandwiched in between Buckingham Palace and Whitehall, this Royal Park is very picturesque and a testimony to the skills of its landscaper, John Nash. A spot popular with tourists, this photograph was taken from the famous Blue Bridge which offers splendid views over many iconic London landmarks.

Fun fact: Did you know that you can see the pelicans getting fed every day at 2:30pm? These large water birds have been a staple of the park since a Russian ambassador gifted them to King Charles II in 1664.

Yannick Pucci is an independent tour guide and founder of London Unravelled. All his public walks can be found on EventBrite and you can also follow his adventures on Twitter.

Sunday Sights

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Every Sunday I’m posting a photograph of an iconic building, location or view in London. As a tour guide, I take great pleasure in showing these world famous sights to visitors and this weekly blog series will serve as a virtual extension of my guided walks.

britishmuseumlionToday I’d like to introduce you to one of the lions flanking the North Entrance of the British Museum. Dating back to 1909, these two statues was made by the British sculptor George Frampton in order to accompany Sir John Burnett’s design for the Edward VII galleries (1914). Wouldn’t it just be fun if this lion started singing, ‘Awimbawe’?

Fun fact: Did you know George Frampton is also responsible for creating the Edith Cavell Memorial opposite the National Portrait Gallery?

Yannick Pucci is an independent tour guide and founder of London Unravelled. All his public walks can be found on EventBrite and you can also follow his adventures on Twitter.

Sunday Sights

Beautiful Symmetry

Every Sunday I’m posting a photograph of an iconic building, location or view in London. As a tour guide, I take great pleasure in showing these world famous sights to visitors and this weekly blog series will serve as a virtual extension of my guided walks.

lincolninnsfieldhouseHome to London’s quirky Sir John Soane’s Museum, Lincoln’s Inn Fields is certainly no stranger to enthusiasts of architecture all across the world. While having a stroll around Holborn, I was particularly struck by the symmetry of Garden Court Chambers (57-58). Dating back to 1730, the semicircular porch with colonnade shown here was only added later to house by none other than Sir John Soane himself!

Fun fact: Did you know that Lincoln’s Inn Fields is the largest public square in London?

Yannick Pucci is an independent tour guide and founder of London Unravelled. All his public walks can be found on EventBrite and you can also follow his adventures on Twitter.