London Anachronisms: Timewarp Photos Of The Capital

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London Anachronisms: Timewarp Photos Of The Capital
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Anyone dropped this phone? A Roman statue on Tower Hill, said to be the Emperor Trajan, has acquired a smashed-up smartphone. Image sent in by @kevorr
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Georgian selfie? We spotted this little cherub on top of a clock in Armourers' Hall near Moorgate. Image by M@.
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Medieval selfie? The tube platforms at Charing Cross contain a famous set of illustrations by David Gentleman, showing construction of the original Charing Cross. If you look closely, one of the artists appears to capturing his handiwork on a smart phone for posterity. Image by M@.
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Museum of London's 2015 Gladiator Games at Guildhall were a right laugh. Our compere for the evening certainly looked the part, right down to his third-century AD roving microphone. Image by M@.
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Stuff you learn at the British Museum, number 237... the Assyrians invented both the wristwatch and the manbag. Image by the author.
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Charles II in Soho Square, taking a break from his Oxford Street shopping. Image by the author.
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The Lost Island Encounter mini-golf course in New Eltham is a slightly down-at-heel wonderland of giant lizards and dimpled balls. Most of the dinosaurs are a bit scraggy. This T-Rex chomps down on some cellophane wrap, formerly holding his jaw together. A nearby crested dinosaur sported a roll-up cigarette. Read our write-up here.
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Eros? Anteros? Angel of Christian Charity? Debate still rages on the identity of this famous statue in Piccadilly Circus. Whoever he is, he's clearly enjoyed a night on the town with a bunch of students, as pictured by Simon Kimber in the Londonist Flickr pool.
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Plaque to the future. Peter Berthoud captured this memorial to the inventor of time travel, Jacob von Hogflume. The mysterious gent has had several plaques across the UK; this one was in Golden Square, Soho.

London, more than most cities, is a patchwork of the ultra-modern beside the ancient past. Sometimes the different eras can rub up against each other a little too closely. The gallery above shows a few tongue-in-cheek occasions when the past and present have co-mingled: from the Roman emperor with the mobile phone, to the inventor of time travel himself.

Got a photo of a London anachronism? Send it to hello@londonist.com or link it up in the comments below.

Last Updated 03 October 2016