Whimsical Wednesday

Victorian Sphinx

Every Wednesday I’m posting a photograph which highlights the whimsical nature of London. As a tour guide, I get to see a lot of astonishing things while researching my walks and I will use this blog series as a means of sharing these sights with you.

sphinxvictoriaembankment The Thames could easily be mistaken for the Nile when coming upon a couple of (faux) sphinxes guarding Cleopatra’s Needle. Dating back to 1878, these bronze sculptures adorn an Ancient Egyptian obelisk (1450 BC) erected along Victoria Embankment. Facing the wrong way, these two sphinxes should actually be looking away from Cleopatra’s Needle in order to correctly fulfill their role.

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.

Whimsical Wednesday

A Lightbulb Moment

Every Wednesday I’m posting a photograph which highlights the whimsical nature of London. As a tour guide, I get to see a lot of astonishing things while researching my walks and I will use this blog series as a means of sharing these sights with you.

lightbulbsthomasnealFrom Shaftesbury Avenue to Seven Dials, there is always something quirky to explore in the area around Covent Garden. If you pop into Thomas Neal’s Centre, for example, you will encounter this illuminating chandelier made out of gigantic light bulbs. Now a pit stop for serial shoppers, this refurbished building used to be a warehouse for bananas, cucumbers and … wait for it … books in the past.

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.

Whimsical Wednesday

Kew Gardens

Every Wednesday I’m posting a photograph which highlights the whimsical nature of London. As a tour guide, I get to see a lot of astonishing things while researching my walks and I will use this blog series as a means of sharing these sights with you.

kewgardensorchidsAs the winter months are dragging on, life can get a bit monochromatic in London. A trip to Kew Gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Richmond, always proves to be a perfect antidote to this predicament. Taking place in February and March, their annual orchid festival is a true feast for the eyes and this year’s centrepiece even takes the shape of a gigantic flower.

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.