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!

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