London Public Art - Archive Articles

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

The lost history of a mosaic in Victoria
The lost history of a mosaic in Victoria

The lost history of a mosaic in Victoria

A small side street near Victoria contains a mosaic that people will tell you is an old advert for the Victor Talking Machine Company. They are wrong.

Mar
05
2019
A history of the South Bank Lion
A history of the South Bank Lion

A history of the South Bank Lion

Standing proud above the tourists on Westminster Bridge is a statue of a noble lion who gave hope to London during WW2 and was saved by a King.

Feb
11
2019
London’s Public Art: The Sunbeam Weekly and the Pilgrim’s Pocket
London’s Public Art: The Sunbeam Weekly and the Pilgrim’s Pocket

London’s Public Art: The Sunbeam Weekly and the Pilgrim’s Pocket

This statue of a man and a boy in Rotherhithe is going to be very heavily photographed for it will be a major site of pilgrimage for Americans in 2020.

Jan
10
2019
London Public Art: The traffic light roundabout
London Public Art: The traffic light roundabout

London Public Art: The traffic light roundabout

In London's docklands is a roundabout, and in the middle a tree, blinking and flashing away -- made from a cluster of traffic lights.

Jan
02
2019
London public art: The Paternoster Square sundial
London public art: The Paternoster Square sundial

London public art: The Paternoster Square sundial

It's quite easy to miss for such a large object, but high up on the wall of the Stock Exchange building is a giant sundial.

Nov
28
2018
London Public Art: Shadwell DLR’s bike shed
London Public Art: Shadwell DLR’s bike shed

London Public Art: Shadwell DLR’s bike shed

A bike shed next to Shadwell DLR is an unlikely site for a piece of public art in London.

Nov
21
2018
London Public Art: Statue of Captain John Smith
London Public Art: Statue of Captain John Smith

London Public Art: Statue of Captain John Smith

There's a statue of a man in the City of London who is famous in the USA, and little remembered in the UK, but his statue is here, in London.

Nov
13
2018
London Public Art: The Whitechapel Threads
London Public Art: The Whitechapel Threads

London Public Art: The Whitechapel Threads

In the middle of a wide avenue by Shoreditch station stands three ropes threaded and frozen in space.

Oct
29
2018
Refugees as art in Spitalfields
Refugees as art in Spitalfields

Refugees as art in Spitalfields

A wooden boat that once raced across the waves stands frozen in time carrying passengers who never arrive.

Oct
24
2018
The tube station with a sheet of iron from a warship
The tube station with a sheet of iron from a warship

The tube station with a sheet of iron from a warship

There's a tube station with a relatively little used staircase, and at the top, standing proud is a massive slab of rusted iron -- from a warship.

Oct
23
2018
London’s Public Art: Mary Seacole Statue, SE1
London’s Public Art: Mary Seacole Statue, SE1

London’s Public Art: Mary Seacole Statue, SE1

What is believed to be the first statue in the UK to a named black woman stands in the grounds of St Thomas' Hospital overlooking the Houses of Parliament.

Aug
01
2018
London Public Art: Union – Horse with Two Discs
London Public Art: Union – Horse with Two Discs

London Public Art: Union – Horse with Two Discs

This is a piece of art outside the Museum of London that shows a horse surrounded by two discs, unsurprisingly, called Union - Horse with Two Discs.

Jul
19
2018
London Public Art: The Cordwainer
London Public Art: The Cordwainer

London Public Art: The Cordwainer

The bronze statue of a shoemaker can be found on a side street in the City of London in memory of those who worked in the area during medieval times.

Jul
12
2018
London Public Art: Modern Marriage
London Public Art: Modern Marriage

London Public Art: Modern Marriage

A giant white disembodied foot can be found in the gardens next to the US Embassy in Nine Elms.

Jun
27
2018
London public art: King Edward VI
London public art: King Edward VI

London public art: King Edward VI

This rather weather-worn statue of King Edward VI sits somewhat uncomfortably outside the municipal tiled wall of St Thomas Hospital.

Jun
14
2018
London Public Art: Leake Street, SE1
London Public Art: Leake Street, SE1

London Public Art: Leake Street, SE1

An ever changing brick canvas is the hallmark of this famous railway arch that is now one of the top spots for street art and legal graffiti.

Jun
07
2018
London Public Art: SOE Memorial
London Public Art: SOE Memorial

London Public Art: SOE Memorial

A stone plinth with the striking bust of a young lady staring impassively across the Thames towards Parliament, this is the memorial to those who died in secret operations during WW2.

May
31
2018
London Public Art: Monument to the Unknown Artist
London Public Art: Monument to the Unknown Artist

London Public Art: Monument to the Unknown Artist

There is a rather ungainly statue on a plinth outside the back of the Tate Modern that is in celebration of all the artists who will never make it into the hallowed art galleries of London. Holding a paintbrush in

May
10
2018
London Public Art: Woman with Fish by Frank Dobson
London Public Art: Woman with Fish by Frank Dobson

London Public Art: Woman with Fish by Frank Dobson

This sculpture at the bottom of the Isle of Dogs is a modern replica of a work of public art that used to sit outside the Cleveland Estate of council housing in Whitechapel.

May
03
2018
London Public Art: The Paternoster Vents
London Public Art: The Paternoster Vents

London Public Art: The Paternoster Vents

These massive stainless steel sculptural artworks near St Paul's Cathedral are both art and function - for they are also ventilation shafts for an electricity substation in the basement underneath.

Apr
26
2018
London Public Art: The flowering of the English baroque
London Public Art: The flowering of the English baroque

London Public Art: The flowering of the English baroque

This rather modern looking sculpture is actually a memorial, or celebration if you prefer, unveiled on the 300th anniversary of the death of the composer, Henry Purcell.

Apr
19
2018
London’s Public Art: Chromorama
London’s Public Art: Chromorama

London’s Public Art: Chromorama

A tall column stands impossibly slender on a side street, solid blocks of colour stand out amongst the steel and brick of the Liverpool Street estate.

Apr
12
2018
London Public Art: Dr Salter’s Daydream, SE16
London Public Art: Dr Salter’s Daydream, SE16

London Public Art: Dr Salter’s Daydream, SE16

This is a set of originally three, now four sculptures that were unveiled in 1991 to commemorate the work of the medical doctor, campaigner and Labour politician, Alfred Salter.

Apr
05
2018
London’s Public Art: Bethnal Green’s Portrait Bench
London’s Public Art: Bethnal Green’s Portrait Bench

London’s Public Art: Bethnal Green’s Portrait Bench

Three rusting steel figures in silhouette stand mute watching people jogging past who barely glimpse at them.

Mar
29
2018