Sunday Sights

Peter Pan

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.

greatormondstreetgoshAn iconic figure of children’s literature, Peter Pan has become one of the most famous fictional characters associated with London. While George Frampton’s sculpture in Kensington Gardens is often highlighted, this lesser well known bronze version of J.M. Barrie’s creation can be found outside the main entrance of Great Ormond Street Hospital in Bloomsbury. Made by the British artist Diarmuid Byron O’Connor, this statue was unveiled in 2000 and Tinker Bell was only added a couple of years later to it.

Fun fact: Did you know that in 1929 J. M. Barrie gifted all the rights of Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital?

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

Eduardo Paolozzi

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.

eduardopaolozzieconomistHidden away from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly, the Economist Plaza is one of my favourite spaces to discover public art in London. Used as a temporary exhibition space by St James’s resident art galleries, I was delighted to encounter three large-scale sculptures made by Eduardo Paolozzi during my last visit. Exhibited by Bowman Sculpture, the artwork depicted here is known as ‘Trishula’ and was made by the artist in 1966.

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.