where every picture screams London

16 MAY 2020

How many times have you seen a picture where there is a clue that screams “this is London”? It may front and center or small in the background, but it unmistakably spells out “London”.

Bobbies and double decker

Every capital has a government center-piece along with a collection of iconic buildings or monuments that says “this is the capital”, but how many cities can you readily identify from other than their top one or two iconic images? Not many, but London is easy even if you have never been there because so many clues are really unique.

Winter morning in St. James Park

Take the Tower bridge for example: only San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge is as easily recognizable. Big Ben, Picadilly Circus, London Eye, etc. etc. and then there are iconic streets known the world over, even if you might not recognize them unless the picture is just right: Carnaby Street in Soho, or Abbey Road in Westminster.

Big Ben without cover
London Eye
Natural History Museum
Buckingham Palace from St. James Park
Four Seasons in Chinatown
Harry Potter, fits right in!

Seven Dials

Seven Dials Junction
Agatha Christie wrote the Seven Dials Mystery
Coco De Mer, London class with a kink

There are also less well-known areas of London that you may not be able to tell where it is but still scream “London”, like Seven Dials in Covent Garden. And the column in the center is as quirky as London is: it only has six sundials, the seventh being the column itself!
In a class all of its own, Coco De Mer was created by Sam Roddick, the daughter of Body Shop founder and activist Anita Roddick.

Queue for Ramen? Must be London

Queue for ramen!
The blacksmith at Victoria Memorial

London Curiosities:

The Capital's Odd & Obscure, Weird & Wonderful Places

John Wade
Pen & Sword History (April 30, 2017) - History - 224 pages

An off-the-beaten-path tour of the city’s hidden highlights, and the stories behind them.
London is full of curiosities. Who knew that beneath the Albert Memorial lies a chamber resembling a church crypt? Or that there are catacombs under Camden? Who would expect to find a lighthouse in East London, sphinxes in South London, dummy houses in West London, or a huge bust of film director Alfred Hitchcock in North London?