London's Weirdest Dummies And Mannequins: A Miscellany

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London's Weirdest Dummies And Mannequins: A Miscellany
David Seaman has the most unusual pulling techniques. This scene can be found in the Sherlock Holmes museum on Baker Street. Image by M@.
David Seaman has the most unusual pulling techniques. This scene can be found in the Sherlock Holmes museum on Baker Street. Image by M@.
So that's what happened to Jimmy Hill. A plastic pensioner outside the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Image by M@.
So that's what happened to Jimmy Hill. A plastic pensioner outside the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Image by M@.
Chislehurst Caves are populated by a virtual army of disturbing manequins. This old fellow, of ambiguous expression, was snapped by Karin Bultje in the Londonist Flickr pool.
Chislehurst Caves are populated by a virtual army of disturbing manequins. This old fellow, of ambiguous expression, was snapped by Karin Bultje in the Londonist Flickr pool.
Sherlock Holmes, as portrayed by Vladimir Putin...upstairs at the Sherlock Holmes pub. Image by M@.
Sherlock Holmes, as portrayed by Vladimir Putin...upstairs at the Sherlock Holmes pub. Image by M@.
A fairly workaday likeness of Churchill at the Britain at War Museum on Tooley Street (packed with odd dummies, by the way). His trademark cigar is intact, despite the museum airbrushing out the poisonous accoutrement from publicity images. Image by M@.
A fairly workaday likeness of Churchill at the Britain at War Museum on Tooley Street (packed with odd dummies, by the way). His trademark cigar is intact, despite the museum airbrushing out the poisonous accoutrement from publicity images. Image by M@.
An awesome LEGO facsimile in John Lewis, Oxford Street. Image by M@.
An awesome LEGO facsimile in John Lewis, Oxford Street. Image by M@.
Perhaps London's most famous dummy. The giant, golden Freddie Mercury above the Dominion on Tottenham Court Road. Image by O.F.E. in the Londonist Flickr pool.
Perhaps London's most famous dummy. The giant, golden Freddie Mercury above the Dominion on Tottenham Court Road. Image by O.F.E. in the Londonist Flickr pool.
HMS Belfast. A symbol of power, mastery of the seas and Imperial might. Better install an exhibit of a Michael McIntyre doing some laundry. Image by M@.
HMS Belfast. A symbol of power, mastery of the seas and Imperial might. Better install an exhibit of a Michael McIntyre doing some laundry. Image by M@.
Which is more surreal? The flamboyant Edwardian transvestite on the left, or the worried-looking chap with the 'no men' sign over his groin? A world-beatingly odd exhibit at the London Transport Museum. Image by M@.
Which is more surreal? The flamboyant Edwardian transvestite on the left, or the worried-looking chap with the 'no men' sign over his groin? A world-beatingly odd exhibit at the London Transport Museum. Image by M@.
The various wax museums and Southwark tourist traps are full of hideous miscreations. We encountered this looker in the London Bridge Experience. Image by M@.
The various wax museums and Southwark tourist traps are full of hideous miscreations. We encountered this looker in the London Bridge Experience. Image by M@.
Keep on going to the top of the Science Museum and you'll find a whole floor of curious medical reconstructions. We're charmed by the sheer mundanity of this opthalmic exhibit. Image by M@.
Keep on going to the top of the Science Museum and you'll find a whole floor of curious medical reconstructions. We're charmed by the sheer mundanity of this opthalmic exhibit. Image by M@.
The Czech bar on West End Lane, West Hamstead, has an unusual gimmick to lure in customers in the form of this chained-up, gurning, fist-clenching Brian Clough lookalike. And check out the menu for a disturbing take on wild boar. Image by M@
The Czech bar on West End Lane, West Hamstead, has an unusual gimmick to lure in customers in the form of this chained-up, gurning, fist-clenching Brian Clough lookalike. And check out the menu for a disturbing take on wild boar. Image by M@

London has a secret plastic population. Its museums and attractions are stuffed with fake people. We've scoured the capital for some of the more unusual examples.

All images by M@, apart from number 3 by Karin Bultje and number 7 by O.F.E. in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 27 August 2011

Jason B. Standing

Half of those look as if they might have been reappropriated from Louis Tussaud's in Great Yarmouth.

Footprints of London

These are superb. The oddest dummy has to be the partial remains of Jeremy Bentham at UCL