London is a city that is swamped in commemorative statues celebrating those who have impacted Britain in some way. It is important to know who these people are as, more often than not, you will be surprised to learn what they did and how it directly affects you. Thanks to modern-age technology, you are able to directly Google their name and possibly find yourself a new hero to admire.
If are no stranger to London’s sights and are in need of something a little different, take a stroll around the city and see which commemorative statues come your way and, if you have treated yourself to the best afternoon tea in London, it’s a good excuse to burn some of those calories. This guide lists just a small amount of the statues and commemorations but it’s a good place to start.
The Most Commemorated Monarch – Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria reigned for over 6 decades and is the second-longest reigning monarch after our current queen, Elizabeth II. Outside of religion, Queen Victoria has the most place names, statues and dedications with 10 statues in London alone. Alongside these, she has the Victoria tube line, a pub, a borough and a wealth of memorials which can be found near Chilworth and around London. She is celebrated so much because her reign saw a dramatic change thanks to the Industrials Revolution as well as the British Empire and the Great Exhibition which was the first of its kind. Today, she is still prevalent in the Royal families around the world as many of her great-great-grandchildren are still reigning monarchs in the UK, Sweden, Denmark and Spain.
Thanks to the pioneering efforts of women in the past, in the 21st century it isn’t unusual for a woman to be celebrated for their achievements. It is down to these women that things that we take for granted today such as women’s independence and rights, medicine and literature even happened and so, if you find yourself one of the London Hotels Special Offers, you can be right in the heart of the city and discover these amazing women for yourself.
If you wander to Tavistock Square, you will come across the memorial of Dame Louisa Blake, the dean of the London School of Medicine for Women. This commemoration was unveiled in 1937 to highlight the important work that she did not only to the people of that time, but for years to come. She was the first female surgeon in Great Britain and was the very first to operate on rectal and cervical cancers.
This amazing woman I known for her strength and for a spirit that has lasted centuries. Emmeline was a key figure in the fight for the women’s right and, for this cause, she was imprisoned a staggering 13 times in 6 years. Emmeline never got to see her dream come to life, dying shortly before women were granted the right to vote, however, her efforts were rewarded with a statue at Victoria Tower Gardens.