London Public Art - Archive Articles

News and information about the wide range of street art you can find while wandering around London.

Find the Dorothy Annan murals in the Barbican
Find the Dorothy Annan murals in the Barbican

Find the Dorothy Annan murals in the Barbican

It looks like it's been there since the Barbican was built, but this long row of 1960s ceramic art only arrived at the Barbican in 2013.

Jul
15
2020
London Public Art: Athena
London Public Art: Athena

London Public Art: Athena

This tall grey lady just outside London City Airport is Athena, and she's also the tallest bronze sculpture in the UK.s

Jul
08
2020
Giant letters of Love, Hope & Joy for Covent Garden
Giant letters of Love, Hope & Joy for Covent Garden

Giant letters of Love, Hope & Joy for Covent Garden

A four-storey work of art has gone up in Covent Garden, with the words of Love, Hope & Joy emblazoned across a building overlooking the Piazza.

Jul
01
2020
Shepherd and Sheep in Paternoster Square
Shepherd and Sheep in Paternoster Square

Shepherd and Sheep in Paternoster Square

In Paternoster Square is a sculpture of a shepherd and sheep, also called Paternoster - the sculpture that is, not the sheep. They are unnamed.

May
28
2020
A cluster of brick buses outside Leytonestone Station
A cluster of brick buses outside Leytonestone Station

A cluster of brick buses outside Leytonestone Station

Just outside Leytonstone tube station, by the bus stop, is a most appropriate work of public art - a cluster of buses, made from bricks.

Apr
13
2020
London Public Art: Queen Anne in Queen Anne’s Gate
London Public Art: Queen Anne in Queen Anne’s Gate

London Public Art: Queen Anne in Queen Anne’s Gate

A posh street in Westminster has a statue of Queen Anne resting against the side wall of one of the posh houses.

Mar
26
2020
Sharks in the Regents Canal at Haggerston
Sharks in the Regents Canal at Haggerston

Sharks in the Regents Canal at Haggerston

There may be sharks in the Regents Canal near Haggerston -- later this year, and it's art.

Mar
23
2020
London Public Art: The Broad Family
London Public Art: The Broad Family

London Public Art: The Broad Family

On the edges of the Broadgate office estate can be found four large slabs of basalt stone, looking not entirely unlike a family.

Mar
18
2020
Public art for Latimer Road tube station
Public art for Latimer Road tube station

Public art for Latimer Road tube station

A call has been issued for a public work of art to be displayed at Latimer Road tube station.

Mar
05
2020
London Public Art: Sir Thomas More
London Public Art: Sir Thomas More

London Public Art: Sir Thomas More

This bronze statue is by Leslie Cubitt Bevis (1892-1984) and was cast at the Morris Singer foundry. It's also quite unusual for modern times, as the face and hands have been gilded.

Feb
13
2020
Admire Rochester Row’s 1960s concrete frieze
Admire Rochester Row’s 1960s concrete frieze

Admire Rochester Row’s 1960s concrete frieze

If you wander down a road off Victoria, you might spot a rather fine concrete frieze running along a 1960s building.

Jan
30
2020
The Swan mural on Max Bygrave’s old home
The Swan mural on Max Bygrave’s old home

The Swan mural on Max Bygrave’s old home

There is a mosaic mural of a swan in Rotherhithe that has an indirect link with the late entertainer, Max Bygraves.

Jan
09
2020
A memorial to the legend of Vincent Square
A memorial to the legend of Vincent Square

A memorial to the legend of Vincent Square

Two hundred years ago a huge plot of land was secured as an open park, by means of simply ploughing a deep ditch all around it.

Dec
18
2019
London Public Art: The Pimlico Priapus
London Public Art: The Pimlico Priapus

London Public Art: The Pimlico Priapus

In genteel Pimlico can be found a statue of the Greek god, Priapus, protector of gardens, fruit plants, livestock... and male genitals.

Dec
04
2019
London Public Art: Taxi
London Public Art: Taxi

London Public Art: Taxi

A weatherworn, and better for it bronze is frozen in time trying to hail a taxi cab next to London's Embankment.

Oct
23
2019
A stained glass phone box has appeared on Embankment
A stained glass phone box has appeared on Embankment

A stained glass phone box has appeared on Embankment

On the Embankment near Blackfriars is a normal looking phone box with a most delightful stained glass addition.

Oct
11
2019
The Regents Canal totem poles at Kingsland Road
The Regents Canal totem poles at Kingsland Road

The Regents Canal totem poles at Kingsland Road

If you go past a bridge over the Regents Canal on the Kingsland Road you might have noticed a series of odd-looking totem poles.

Sep
19
2019
A memorial to the Kindertransport at Liverpool Street
A memorial to the Kindertransport at Liverpool Street

A memorial to the Kindertransport at Liverpool Street

Next to the tube station entrance inside Liverpool Street station can be found a bronze statue of two refugees from the Nazi pogroms.

Jun
24
2019
See the memorial bust to Sir Simon Milton
See the memorial bust to Sir Simon Milton

See the memorial bust to Sir Simon Milton

This is the Tiger of Sweden. Well, actually, the shop is called that, the man with the wing above is a former politician who used to live above the shop.

May
30
2019
The Pilgrim’s Progress remembered in Holborn
The Pilgrim’s Progress remembered in Holborn

The Pilgrim’s Progress remembered in Holborn

A hotel in Holborn also contains a most unexpected statue -- of John Bunyan, author of The Pilgrim's Progress.

May
22
2019
Find Gilpin’s Bell – Edmonton
Find Gilpin’s Bell – Edmonton

Find Gilpin’s Bell – Edmonton

Not far from a famous football stadium is the Gilpin's Bell, a large pub that is packed on match days. And further up the road is a less famous stone bell.

May
20
2019
London’s Public Art: Steel statues in Woolwich
London’s Public Art: Steel statues in Woolwich

London’s Public Art: Steel statues in Woolwich

Next to the Thames in Woolwich are a cluster of steel men forever frozen in a meeting that is about to take place.

May
15
2019
Controversy over restoration of Waterloo Station poem
Controversy over restoration of Waterloo Station poem

Controversy over restoration of Waterloo Station poem

In 1999, an artist was commissioned to help improve a subway leading from Waterloo Station. In 2019 the same artist protested about the efforts to restore the art.

Apr
02
2019
London’s Public Art: Weaving Identities
London’s Public Art: Weaving Identities

London’s Public Art: Weaving Identities

A tall metal sculpture stands in a public park, holding up a couple of CCTVs that keep an eye on the area.

Mar
13
2019