London has a long-held history of combining architecture, art and iconic figures through its many statues, memorials and landmarks. Many of these were built in reverence of a certain government, cultural or military figure who shaped the city for what it is today, whilst others are for groups of people rather than a single person. Whilst these memorials are abundant in London, numbering over 300, they can often be overlooked by the general public. If it’s your first time in the city and you’re staying at hotels such as the Park Grand London Paddington, you’ll be well placed to explore some of the best memorials and statues in the city.
Below are just some of the many works of art that have been dedicated to both Londoners and important international figures, making for a truly special way to see the city.
Stationed in the Centre of Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column is dedicated to Admiral Horatio Nelson who led the British to victory against the Napoleonic armies but was killed at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The column was designed by William Railton and is made from Craigleith sandstone. With the four bronze lions at its base being built in 1867, two decades after the column, this memorial is a true testament to a definitive English hero.
The Marble Arch was built by Decimus Burton from designs from his mentor John Nash and was originally a marble triumphal arch stationed outside Buckingham Palace. Having been moved to a traffic island off of Hyde Park, the Marble Arch is still one of the most eye-catching monuments in the city. Located close to some of the best special offer London Hotels, the Marble Arch encapsulates the grand feel of royal West London.
Diana Memorial Fountain
The Diana Memorial Fountain was built in 2004 in memory of Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997. The fountain is a channel of water running through Hyde Park that can be stepped into and walked over. with no barrier around it, the fountain was designed by Gustafson Porter to reflect Diana’s inclusive personality and warm heart. The Diana Memorial Playground was also designed around the same time and reflects the princesses love and care for children.
Kindertransport at Liverpool Street Station
Liverpool Street Station was known for being the station at which over 10,000 Jewish children and refugees arrived to the safety of London after fleeing Nazi persecution. The Kindertransport statue is a bronze memorial to these children that was built in 2003 in association with the Association of Jewish Relief.
Animals at War
Inspired by a book by Jilly Cooper, this memorial is located close to the Marble Arch memorial. On your way to the many Indian restaurants in Paddington London, why not take a moment to pay homage to the millions of animals who risked their lives in the wars of the 20th century. From messenger pigeons, elephants and even glow worms, many animals sacrificed their lives for the British Army and are justly commemorated by David Blackhouse’s monument.