British Icons Appear In This Free Central London Sculpture Trail

Last Updated 18 June 2024

British Icons Appear In This Free Central London Sculpture Trail

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A taxi sculpture in Trafalgar Square
Look our for British icons scattered around central London.

Icons considered quintessentially British — including a telephone box, black cab and wellies — can be found as part of a new sculpture trail in central London.

Dotted around the area known as the 'London Heritage Quarter', the sculptures are a collaboration between Westminster City Archives and the local charity Thorney Island Society — alongside artists who've painted the sculptures in in their own style.

A psychedelic looking phone box
Each sculpture is painted by a different artist.

Each sculpture on the free trail — which is in situ from now until 4 August 2024 — also features a scannable QR code, revealing a story/insight about the area. For instance, scan the wellies in Victoria Tower Gardens, and your phone will give you an 'x-ray' visual where you can see behind Big Ben. Kids are going to go ga-ga for that.

A big pair of wellies
Scan a QR code at each sculpture for bonus AR content.

Here's a full list of the sculptures and where to find them:

Teacup: Victoria Embankment Gardens, next to the Robert Raikes statue

Teapot: Lower Grosvenor Gardens

Taxi: King Charles Island (close to Trafalgar Square)

People studying a sculpture of a teacup
This cup holds the average amount of tea a Londoner drinks in a year. Perhaps.

Telephone box: Westminster Cathedral Piazza

Postbox: Supreme Court

Bus: Strand Aldwych

Crown: St James's Park – close to the Memorial Gardens, near the coffee stand

A bus sculpture
This one's going to be a fave, we reckon.

Rain boots: Victoria Tower Gardens – end closest to the Houses of Parliament

Top hat: Whitehall Gardens – Northern end near James Outram statue

Guard: The Guards Museum, Wellington Barracks (this one's inside the museum but you can see it for free during opening hours)

Pocket Watch: QEII Centre – UN Lawn overlooking Westminster Abbey

And if sculpture trails are your thing, another has just launched as part of Kensington + Chelsea Art Week.

Heritage Summer Journey Through Time Trail, until 4 August 2024, free

All images © Mickey Lee