One of the oldest cities in Europe guards its secrets vigorously, but we are here to help you unveil part of them. When did you move to London? Was it a week ago or maybe a year? The capital is so vast and has so many intriguing things to show that a lifetime there will not be enough to explore everything. But hey, at least we can try!
London, The Most Peculiar City for a House Removal
Let’s start our urban exploration with the amazing things that can be found on the streets of London. You never know, it may turn out that your new home is near some of them.
Smallest police station
This tiny police station is located on the south-east corner of Trafalgar Square. It is made from an old lamp post and was barely enough for two people. It was constructed in the early thirties to serve as a viewing post on days when there were protest or parades. If help was needed, an alarm would be raised and the big bulb on top of the station will start flashing.
Audley Square Spy Lamp Post
This one is like an old spy film brought to life, but we assure you that the Lamp post is quite real. It is located on 2 Audley Square in South Audley Street.
Hereafter the end of WWII Russian KGB spies used the lamp post as a hideout place for exchanging secret messages undetected by the British Government. There is a narrow door near the rare of the poll that conceals a secret compartment. The agents would leave their letters and make a small chalk mark near the base to indicate the box is full.
The existence of the secret hideout was revealed just six years before the end of the Cold war in 1991. Ironically, in the sixties, number 3 Audley Square was used as a casting place for the actors of the James Bond films.
The Ice Wells Under the London Canal Museum
What is an ice well you would ask? This is a man-made installation for preserving ice brought from the outside back in the days where there was no electricity and no fridges. The to wells were built in the nineteenth century by the Swiss emigrant Carlo Gatti and served as the foundation of his ice supplying company. And serve him well indeed. Gatti became one of the richest people in London in his time. The wells were closed in 1904, were other newer methods, became more popular and excessive to the public.
Move to The City of Bizarre Art
Art lovers from all corners of the world pack your bags and get moving to London, the city with the strangest sculptures in Europe.
The London noses
Also known as the Seven Noses of Soho were created by artist Rick Buckley in 1997. The idea behind the peculiar sculptures was a well-made critique towards the new government policies of excessive use of CCTV cameras and spying the nation. All the noses were placed under a camera or so to say under the noses of the “spying” agencies.
Traffic Light three
Located in Poplar, this colourful installation was made by the French sculptor Pierre Vivant. The Traffic Light is eight metres tall and consists of seventy-five sets of lights, controlled by a computer. The sculpture represents a suffering from pollution tree, and its initial goal was to reflect the dynamic and unpredictability of the financial and commercial world.
The Mice of Philpot lane
There is a big building with a beautiful facade built in 1862 on Philpot lane and it has a little secret. Well, the secrets are actually two and they love cheese. There is a tiny sculpture of two little mice nibbling on a piece of cheese. Nobody knows who is responsible for their creation, and what is their purpose. However, there are many speculations. The two most probable theories are that the sculpture is a prank made by the workers or it is in memory of two of them who tragically died during the construction of the building.