London Quirky Animal Statues

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by LukeA, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. LukeA

    LukeA New Member

    First post so please let me know if I’ve done anything incorrectly

    I’m a London based photographer and have been taking pictures all over London for a recent project of mine called The project showcases my work by nearest tube line or station, and invtes people to explore photography I have captured locally.

    During the project I have been discovering interesting infamous local London landmarks like the Tardis at earl’s Court and Platform 9 and ¾ at Kings Cross. Of these my favourites are the Catford Cat and the Elephant and Castle.

    Can anyone here think of any other animal based London Landmarks? The only one left I can think of are the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, but surely there must be more?



    This was temporarily at Westminster
  2. Artaxerxes

    Artaxerxes Well-Known Member

    There are wire lions outside the Tower of London (near the gates) and a wire elephant on the escalators down to the Jubilee line at Waterloo.

    Theres also the grave of Giro at the base of the Duke of Yorks column in Picadilly.
  3. A bull in King St Hammersmith, Penguin in LSE Aldwych and the animals in war memorial thing in Park Lane spring to mind.
  4. ash

    ash Inittogether

    Dr Johnsons cat outside his house and Dr Salters cat in Bermondsey - there's a lovely story attached to that one:

    Dr. Salter's Daydream

    Thames Wall, Bermondsey Wall East, London.
    Commissioned by London Docklands
    New version commissioned by Southwark Council and the campaign group.

    On the 30th November 2014 the new Dr Salter's Daydream was unveiled, this time a sculpture of his wife Ada was included. In November 2011 the first Dr Salter sculpture was stolen - probably for its scrap value. Local people campaigned and fund raised to replace the work and add the sculpture of Ada. Southwark Council match funded the money raised.

    Dr. Salter now sits on a granite bench looking towards his daughter, Joyce, who leans against the embankment wall. Further down a cat sits on the wall, whilst Ada walks with her spade in hand from the planting beds, towards her daughter. The idea was to show Dr. Salter in old age remembering his young daughter when she was still alive. Ada is represented with a spade as she was so instrumental in tree and planting schemes for Bermondsey. Her left hand is designed to hold real flowers. It was important to celebrate the work of this couple who dedicated their lives to helping the local community. Click here to learn more about these remarkable people.

    Dr Salter's Daydream was first unveiled in 1991, the sculpture was repatinated and re-located in 2003 from the Cherry Garden Pier to a nearby site by the Angel pub. So the work has had three unveilings! Castle Fine Arts Foundry cast the new sculptures and installed all the work with Damon Bramley - Sculpture Transport and Installation. Sue Wright, Anna Palmer, Dave Morris and Herbert Gorvin posed for the sculptures. Thanks to Robert Lordan for the use of the photograph of Ada and Joyce.
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  5. trabuquera

    trabuquera Modesty Bag

    Brixton's rooftop "fox and cherries" sculpture

    And there's a corner of Hyde Park full of Victorian pets' graves - mostly looks like just gravestones with comically awful sentimental-Gothic inscriptions (Here Lie Spot and Dash - "We're only sleeping, Master" and so on) but you might find the odd good image there...
    Inside Hyde Park's secret pet cemetery
  6. charlie mowbray

    charlie mowbray The Enforcer

    The Egyptian Cats at Mornington Crescent outside the (ex) Carreras Cigarette Factory
    The sea monsters on side of Milestone Hotel, 2 Kensington Court and not far from there the winged lions at the Baglioni Hotel, 60 Hyde Park Gate
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  7. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    as art goes I've always really liked the elephant.
  8. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Trafalgar Square Lions and the Southbank (Westminster Bridge) Lions. Not exactly in or right near tube stations but...
  9. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    and the Animals at War memorial
  10. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Guy the Gorilla
  11. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    there's the fish statue at erith



    there's another elephant & castle pub (may not no longer be a pub) at vauxhall with an elephant and castle at roof level - certainly visible from the railway if not street level

    and on the subject of elephants, some burtons (or former burtons) shops have elephants above ground floor level - more here

    lombard street has a golden grasshopper and a few other animal signs - more here

    and there are more cats as well as hodge and dr salter's cat. more here

    and in the interests of species equality, there's the brown dog of battersea - more here
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  12. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Just round the corner from the CP dinosaurs.
  13. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Dolphin and boy/girl statues at the north end of Albert Bridge and just east of Tower Bridge on the north bank.

    Girl with a Dolphin Fountain
    by Roy Reed, on Flickr

    And the heraldic dolphins on the lampposts along the Embankment.
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  14. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    There's that horse's head standing on the tip of it's muzzle at Marble Arch.

  15. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    Does this one count?

    Elisabeth Frink horse and rider just off Piccadilly.

  16. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    And the Frink sheep on Paternoster Square...

  17. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    And all those imperial animals all over the Albert Memorial
  18. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    That horrible mawkish horse statue with the big dicks at Shaftesbury Avenue.

    Not quirky, that one though.
  19. IC3D

    IC3D Post Mid Arc

    Dick Whittington's cat in Archway
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  20. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    There are snails and rabbits and other critters on the Peter Pan statue at the Long Water in Kensington Gardens.
  21. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    The Sourhwark Lion is certainly quirky. He has such an odd look on his face.

    I think I've misunderstood the remit here. Not all of my suggestions are very close to Tube stations.
  22. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    And the kingfisher weathervane on top of the PoW in Brixton too.
  23. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Neither is the OP's one of the Catford cat.
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  24. bluescreen

    bluescreen Je est un autre

    The gorilla at Sunshine Garden Centre, Bounds Green.
  25. LukeA

    LukeA New Member

    WOW!!!!! :eek:

    You guys rock. What an amazing response. I Haven't actually had the time o read through them alll, I will at lunch time. I did notice someone mention the trafalgar lion, I actually do have this!

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  26. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

  27. mango5

    mango5 Endeavour era

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  28. classicdish

    classicdish Well-Known Member

  29. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

  30. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    There are loads of little critters all over the outside walls of the Natural History Musem too.


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