2 September 2014

Books about Town - London Literary Art Installations

Literary history saturates every single stone of London; exotic tales of mystery, shrewish wives harping on at their no-good husbands, matchgirls standing in Christmas snow and an early TARDIS sighting in an East End work yard.

Wandering around London of late I happened to glimpse some lawn furniture with a slight difference to the standard wicker and PVC set ups. These were spotted from the top floor of a double decker, around the corner of tube stations and whilst running from pillar to post - gorgeous works of public art capturing imagination, summoning childhoods and delighting the senses. Not your average garden set then...

J. M. Barrie's childhood delight of Peter Pan - they'll have to watch out for him sneaking off his bench at night to collect Wendy from her Bloomsbury home to go looking for one more adventure!

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

The classic escapades of Jeeves and Wooster, penned by P.G. Wodehouse.

C.S. Lewis’ jaw-dropping The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Complete with majestic Aslan, and a secret wardrobe compartment...

We decided to lallop around Bloomsbury, one of the four book bench trails around London. Call me indecisive, but each bench was my favourite. Imaginative, delicate, strong and beautiful Ive rediscovered old well-worn favourites, and added several classics to my ever-growing 'must-read' list.

The luminescently delicate Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.

George Orwell's kaledescopic 1984 overlooked by the ministry of might Senate House.

The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People by Oscar Wilde is perched outside a magnificent church, the iconography fascinating.

A careful eye kept by the school of Tropical diseases, the post-apocalyptic novel, The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham sits in the shadow of trees and Senate House (mentioned in the novel as a place of refuge.

Iam Flemings James Bond stories' celebrates the best of British with suave decoration befitting 007.

Our last bench for the day was possibly our favourite - a very special BookBench about Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly.

(I spy with my little eye and New Zealand Fantail and Weta...)

Take your place (carefully) on these special Book Benches and let them inspire you to read for pleasure.


Be quick though - sadly they're being gathered up from the 14th-16th of September to be auctioned off for charity!


  1. Yea! You got to visit them! This was my favourite trail I think, so you made a good choice! I love Wild in Art's installations! I hope more will travel onto the other side of the world when I'm there!

  2. I think "the Lion, the witch..." is my favorite! X

  3. Love this!!! And I have to say the homage to Jane Austen is my favourite as P & P is one of my favourite books of all time!

    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  4. I've had a few Facebook friends share pictures of these and was so disappointed when we couldn't hit London to see them! They. Are. Awesome.

  5. I keep meaning to get to these but never seem to find any free time, I must take advantage of a free lunchtime before they go. Lovely pictures.

  6. You're right - they're all beautiful! It would be hard to pick a favorite.

  7. Brilliant! I hope I get to see a few more of these this weekend. I just wish it hadn't rained the whole week I set aside to track down the benches!!

  8. They really were beautiful - did you spot any on your travels?

  9. Hopefully they'll do another run of them!

  10. It's tough to leave your desk sometimes, isn't it!

  11. Testament to the beautiful talent of the artists!

  12. It's not fair is it - I saw you caught one of the other trails between showers :)


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