London's Famous Bench Dedications

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By M@ Last edited 19 months ago
London's Famous Bench Dedications

Other famous dedications

In a city the size of London, we suspect there are dozens of further places where you can park your posterior on a celebrity memorial. We'll add to the list below with any reader suggestions:

See also: London's most outspoken plaques

The 'Reasons to be Cheerful Sonic Vista Bench' can be found in the Pembroke Lodge area of Richmond Park, overlooking sweeping views of the Thames. It commemorates musician Ian Dury. Solar panels in the arms power MP3 players stocked with Dury's music. Sadly, they've been broken on our last few visits, but a fix is in the works. Image by M@.
The 'Reasons to be Cheerful Sonic Vista Bench' can be found in the Pembroke Lodge area of Richmond Park, overlooking sweeping views of the Thames. It commemorates musician Ian Dury. Solar panels in the arms power MP3 players stocked with Dury's music. Sadly, they've been broken on our last few visits, but a fix is in the works. Image by M@.
Lionel Bart gave the world such hits as From Russia With Love, the music for Oliver! and Cliff Richard's Living Doll, so memorably covered by fellow bench dedicatee Rik Mayall and the Young Ones. Bart's bench is in Kew Gardens, and is pictured here by Peter Denton in the Londonist Flickr pool.
Lionel Bart gave the world such hits as From Russia With Love, the music for Oliver! and Cliff Richard's Living Doll, so memorably covered by fellow bench dedicatee Rik Mayall and the Young Ones. Bart's bench is in Kew Gardens, and is pictured here by Peter Denton in the Londonist Flickr pool.
Morse actor John Thaw is one of several people to be commemorated in the gardens of 'actor's church' St Paul's Covent Garden. Image by M@.
Morse actor John Thaw is one of several people to be commemorated in the gardens of 'actor's church' St Paul's Covent Garden. Image by M@.
Kirsty MacColl's tragically short life is commemorated with this plaque in Soho Square, referencing one of her most famous songs. Image by BLTP Photo in the Londonist Flickr pool.
Kirsty MacColl's tragically short life is commemorated with this plaque in Soho Square, referencing one of her most famous songs. Image by BLTP Photo in the Londonist Flickr pool.
We're not entirely sure if business guru Lord Digby Jones sanctioned this commemoration or not. Nevertheless, the cross-bench peer has a less-cross bench in Phoenix Gardens, Covent Garden. Image by M@.
We're not entirely sure if business guru Lord Digby Jones sanctioned this commemoration or not. Nevertheless, the cross-bench peer has a less-cross bench in Phoenix Gardens, Covent Garden. Image by M@.
Alfred Salter was a famous doctor and politician who dedicated his career to improving social conditions in Bermondsey in the early 20th century. His statue beside the Thames was stolen in 2011. Following a campaign, enough money has now been raised to recast the good doctor, along with statues of his daughter Joyce, pet cat and, for the first time, his wife Ada. Image by M@.
Alfred Salter was a famous doctor and politician who dedicated his career to improving social conditions in Bermondsey in the early 20th century. His statue beside the Thames was stolen in 2011. Following a campaign, enough money has now been raised to recast the good doctor, along with statues of his daughter Joyce, pet cat and, for the first time, his wife Ada. Image by M@.
This bronze likeness of Spike Milligan was recently unveiled in his former home of Finchley. "It should have a little mechanism in it that you sit down and it farts," said fellow comedian Terry Gilliam. Photo by Terry Moran in the Londonist Flickr pool.
This bronze likeness of Spike Milligan was unveiled in his former home of Finchley. "It should have a little mechanism in it that you sit down and it farts," said fellow comedian Terry Gilliam. Photo by Terry Moran in the Londonist Flickr pool.
Perhaps the most famous example of statues-on-a-bench recreates a meeting between Churchill and Roosevelt. Several castings of the sculpture exist - the most prominent can be found where Old and New Bond Streets meet. Image by psyxjaw in the Londonist Flickr pool.
Perhaps the most famous example of statues-on-a-bench recreates a meeting between Churchill and Roosevelt. Several castings of the sculpture exist - the most prominent can be found where Old and New Bond Streets meet. Image by psyxjaw in the Londonist Flickr pool.
Not a famous person, but perhaps London's most famous bench plaque, on the South Bank. Image by M@.
Not a famous person, but perhaps London's most famous bench plaque, on the South Bank. Image by M@.
Slightly off-topic, but we were tickled to find that the various newspapers have reserved pews inside St Bride's on Fleet Street. Image by M@.
Slightly off-topic, but we were tickled to find that the various newspapers have reserved pews inside St Bride's on Fleet Street. Image by M@.

Last Updated 21 October 2016

LondonRemembers

We’d not heard of most of those, thanks for them. Benches make good memorials, and so useful. Although we don’t generally collect benches we have a few on London Remembers: Homeopathic doctors in Trident crash, Admiral Duncan bomb, Ralph Reader, Louise Cattell, Jimmy Mizen (this one’s lovely). But there’s one we’ve heard of and would like to find, in Hyde Park to Greta Gynt, film actress. Can anyone help?

ajdel

It seems you don't actually have to be dead to have your own bench either. a friend got her own one done a while back. She has a party on it every year and sits on it often. Its a nicer thing to do so people have somewhere to sit as benches do break reasonably often if not looked after

Colin Turnbull

Kirsty Maccoll in Soho Square, south side

JohnnyFox

My favourite is till 'in memory of Roger Bucklesby who hated this park and everyone in it'

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