High up a building in the City of London, two mice are locked in immortal battle over a lump of cheese, neither side seemingly willing to give up the battle until the stones around them crumble to dust.
These are the Philpot Lane mice, and are said to be the smallest public sculpture in London, and no one really knows why they are there, or who put them there.
It is variously claimed that they are in memory of two workmen who got into a fight over a half-eaten lunch, and fell to their deaths, only for mice to be discovered as the real lunch thieves afterwards.
The building itself dates from 1861/2 and is now listed, so the mice should be preserved in their timeless battle forever more.
You can find the Philpot Lane mice on the joint between Cafe Nero and Jamies Bar just off Eastcheap, where the two decorative bands don’t quite line up.
Location map and local interesting places
- 3] Lovat Lane
- 4] Talbot Court
- 5] Star Alley
- 6] Bengal Court
- 7] Nicholas Passage
- 8] St Peter's Alley
- 9] Castle Court
- 10] Newman's Court
- 11] Post Office Court
- 12] Pope's Head Alley
- 13] St Dunstan-in-the-East
- 14] Fen Court, EC3
- 15] The Garden at 120
- 16] Seething Lane Garden, EC3
- 17] St Swithin's Church Garden
- 20] The Crypt Museum