This Week In London’s History
Random London Fact Of The Week
Originally built to allow cabbies to grab a bite to eat without having to stray too far from their cabs (or linger too long in pubs), there were once more than 60 oversized green huts dotted around London. These days there are only 13 of the distinctive ‘Cabmen’s Shelters’ left in London, all of which are Grade II listed buildings, but you can still buy a cup of tea from some of them if you ask nicely.
London’s Weather This Week
We did suspect that the good weather of the last few weeks was too good to last, and right on cue it looks like it’s due to rain a bit this week. Oh well.
One Thing You Must Do In London This Week
If you’re thinking of wandering around the South Bank looking for Gormley Statues, you might also want to pay some attention to the outside of the National Theatre building. Apparently a couple of dozen people will be covering the north and west faces of the Lyttelton flytower with two billion grass seedlings at the end of this week, in the hope that they flourish into a full-on vertical lawn during the summer.
It probably won’t be the most spectacular occurrence that you witness in London this year – in fact this week’s planting operation will probably be quite dull from the perspective of a spectator. But still, how many opportunities will you ever have to see grass being sown onto the side of a concrete building? That’s got to be one to tell your disinterested grandchildren in years to come…
Picture taken from Sifter’s Flickr Photostream under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 licence.