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The Friday Photos: War Memorials In London

The Friday Photos: War Memorials In London
The Animals in War Memorial in Hyde Park pays tribute to all animals who died in wars during the 20th century, from pigeons to elephants. Photo by Gábor Hernádi.
The Animals in War Memorial in Hyde Park pays tribute to all animals who died in wars during the 20th century, from pigeons to elephants. Photo by Gábor Hernádi.
New Zealand War Memorial in Hyde Park. There are 16 of these individual sculptures. Photo by Sajid Pathan.
New Zealand War Memorial in Hyde Park. There are 16 of these individual sculptures. Photo by Sajid Pathan.
The War Memorial at Royal Exchange in silhouette, by nicnac1000.
The War Memorial at Royal Exchange in silhouette, by nicnac1000.
The War Memorial at Streatham Common, by Matt Brown.
The War Memorial at Streatham Common, by Matt Brown.
The Cenotaph on Whitehall, photographed by markdbaynham.
The Cenotaph on Whitehall, photographed by markdbaynham.
In Memoriam at the Cenotaph, by Anthony White.
In Memoriam at the Cenotaph, by Anthony White.
Cenotaph at night, by Nyaheh.
Cenotaph at night, by Nyaheh.
Southwark War Memorial, created by sculptor Philip Lindsey Clark, makes for a great photo of The Shard and a soldier.
Southwark War Memorial, created by sculptor Philip Lindsey Clark, makes for a great photo of The Shard and a soldier.
Royal Tank Regiment, Whitehall. The statue was sculpted by Vivien Mallock and unveiled by The Queen in 2000. Photo by David Holt.
Royal Tank Regiment, Whitehall. The statue was sculpted by Vivien Mallock and unveiled by The Queen in 2000. Photo by David Holt.
The LNWR War Memorial in Euston commemorates the men of the London & North Western Railway who died in World War One. Other stations, including Paddington and Marylebone, also have memorials to their workers who died at war. Photo by Terry Moran.
The LNWR War Memorial in Euston commemorates the men of the London & North Western Railway who died in World War One. Other stations, including Paddington and Marylebone, also have memorials to their workers who died at war. Photo by Terry Moran.
The Battle of Britain Memorial on Victoria Embankment commemorates the pilots of the Royal Air Force who fought in the Battle of Britain in World War Two (1940).
The Battle of Britain Memorial on Victoria Embankment commemorates the pilots of the Royal Air Force who fought in the Battle of Britain in World War Two (1940).
Not a monument in a strict sense, but at the same time, perhaps the most important war monument of all, the Imperial War Museum. It recently reopened after refurbishment.
Not a monument in a strict sense, but at the same time, perhaps the most important war monument of all, the Imperial War Museum. It recently reopened after refurbishment.

The centenary of the outbreak of World War One is fast approaching. Officially, the anniversary is this coming Monday — Britain entered the war at 11pm on 4 August 1914 — but we've taken this opportunity to share some shots of London's plentiful war memorials. These aren't solely for World War One, but in memory of soldiers in all conflicts throughout history.

With thanks to the following photographers for use of their photos via the Londonist Flickr pool: Andy Fisher, Anthony White, David Holt, Gábor Hernádi, Jerry Clack, markdbaynham, Matt Brown, Mike Murphy, nicnac1000, Nyaheh, Sajid Pathan, Terry Moran,

See also: Poppies at the Tower of London in pictures, our thoughts on the new-look Imperial War Museum and the First World War Galleries at IWM.

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