London, the city, has been around since Roman times, so it’s no surprise that there are countless significant monuments and statues to visit. There’s no doubt that while these monuments and statues are impressive visually; the stories behind them make them even more fascinating! We look at our top must-see monuments and statues in London.
1. The Victoria Memorial
The Victoria Memorial can be seen in front of the Buckingham Palace and is one of the best monuments honouring Victoria in London. Queen Victoria was crowned a monarch at the young age of 18 in 1837, and the Victorian era is said to be the most successful for the British Empire.
2. Marble Arch and Wellington Arch
The Marble Arch on the northeast corner of Hyde Park and the Wellington Arch on the southeast corner commemorate Britain’s victories in the Napoleonic Warms. Following the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar, Emperor Napoleon faced defeat in 1815 by the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo.
3. Nelson’s Column
Found in Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column commemorates Admiral Nelson’s victory in the Battle of Trafalgar. The Spanish and French (led by Napoleon) fleet fought a battle against the British fleets during the 1805 navy battle. Unfortunately, Admiral Nelson was killed in battle despite the win.
4. Peter Pan Statue
Author JM Barrie was very fond of Kensington Gardens, and it’s no surprise that the gardens are now home to everyone’s favourite Peter Pan statue.
Designed by architect Edwin Lutyens, the Cenotaph Memorial in Whitehall is to commemorate those who lost their lives during the war. Annually on Remembrance Day, the Queen, ambassadors and politicians lay wreaths at the memorial. On this day, two minutes of silence are observed, and red poppies are worn out of remembrance.
6. Battle of British Monument
Based in Embankment, the Battle of British Monument honours the crucial aerial battle the Germans were unsuccessful in trying to invade Britain in 1940. Thanks to brave troops and aircraft like the Hurricane and Spitfire, the British were triumphant.
7. Crimean War Memorial
Set in St. James’s, the imposing Crimean War Memorial commemorates the war between France, Turkey and Britain against Russia in 1853-1856. For the first time in history, the war was being covered extensively by global media, and this was the war in which Florence Nightingale treated soldiers.
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