The Weirdest Stuff Left Lying Around London

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 17 months ago

Last Updated 28 January 2023

The Weirdest Stuff Left Lying Around London
We spotted this lion around in Shoreditch in 2016. Photo by M@

After an 8ft Beyonce was spotted at the side of a railways between Nunhead and Lewisham in April 2016 (see below) we wondered what other random objects have been found lying around the capital. Some pretty weird stuff, it turns out.

Toast of London

We've all been there — you're running late for your train from Peckham Rye station, and you almost trip over a bloody Taj Mahal made from toast.

Then, on a stroll through Tooting, you only go and run into a bunny that's been crafted from cooked bread, then nailed to a bread cross with cocktail sticks (to be fair, this happened around Easter time — again, in 2016).

The mystery of these screwball toast creations was later cleared up when bread sculptors The Robin Collective came forward.

They do other kinds of artwork too, but toast seems to be their bread and butter — keep your eyes peeled for another slice of the action.

The Hellraiser videotapes

It was June 2014 and something weird was happening on top of a bus stop at Elephant and Castle. A copy of 1980s horror flick Hellraiser was staring up at any commuter unfortunate enough to be passing on the top deck of the bus.

The VHS disappeared. Then it resurfaced. Then it appeared again. It seemed to have a life of its own. Then it turned up on top of a bus stop in Stoke Newington. A Toy Story video appeared next, but that wasn't nearly so freaky.

Had someone with access to a charity shop gone stark raving mad?

In fact, the phenomenon turned out to be some strange art project by someone who'd been inspired by being frightened by the video tapes as a kid.

Discarded dirigibles

It was a dark and stormy October in 2013, when Old Street's giant beach ball broke from its moorings and started bouncing about Shoreditch. Not long after, it was punctured, becoming nothing more than an inedible multicoloured pancake. Pretty sad really.

Talking of deflated dirigibles, while taking a stroll along Shad Thames lately, we ran into this:

TfL lost property

As is well documented, the TfL Lost Property Office has taken custody of some pretty weird things in its time, including an urn full of ashes, a puffer fish, two skulls and a very expensive cello.

Which reminds us: check out our video of TfL's Lost Property Office.

This article is surely the tip of the iceberg. What's the weirdest thing you've found lying around London? Tell us in the comments or send us a photo.