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.