Friday, 26 August 2011

Got the Hump ?














Try taking the time to sit down and enjoy the view from one of the many public/park benches that we find dotted around the capital.

Cross over Blackfriars Bridge and turn left onto Victoria Embankment after walking down the slope you'll come to a rather pleasant bench raised upon a stand (to improve the view over embankment wall). The bench is made of cast iron sections (three parts) and horizontal wooden slats. The two end parts of the bench have been cast and depict resting camels with rather heavy packs upon their backs between their humps.

Don't have the hump, sit between two on Victoria Embankment close to Blackfriars Bridge.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

White Hart Dock Benches...














We are at Albert Embankment at the Junction of Black Prince Road where once "White Hart Dock" existed which origins date back to the 14th Century.

Theses benches are a work of art and creativity at its best and demonstrate the ability of people to create a bench/public space for us all to enjoy and at the same time link this wonderful city to its nautical past and its life blood and father "the Thames".

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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Butlers Wharf Benches...














We are at the rather trendy, swanky Butlers Wharf where I came across and wonderful set of square shaped flower/palm bed benches that give you a rather decent view of the river Thames and across to the old slightly out of date looking Tower Hotel.

The benches are made of wood with a pretty decent sized back with a beautiful flower bed in the middle of the square shaped benches.

Some of you may recognise the Tower Hotel which was used at the end of the film of the hit TV series the Sweeney. It looks like nothing has changed from this side of the Thames.

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PS I do love the red propeller...

Monday, 4 July 2011

Mount Street, Mayfair W.1...














Sometimes shops do what local councils can't or fail to do and here outside a shop on Mount Street in London's swanky Mayfair we can find a perspex transparent star shaped bench (two in total and they are chained to the shop).

What a difference a little imagination makes to such a traditional item like the bench. I sat on one and found it to be rather comfortable too...

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PS. I do like the monkey in the top hat stuck to the window.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Page Street SW1...














We are at the junction of Page Street and John Islip Street close to the Mint Hotel and just around the corner from the new Corporate head office to the luxury brand Burberry.

The bench is a standard Westminster council wooden style bench which is stained a rather dark colour. Note the centre arm rest which creates a natural division between people but also deters people who happen to live on the streets from sleeping on the said bench.

The next few posts here at Benches of London will challenge what you and I may define has a bench.

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Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Byng Place Bench and Chairs...


Welcome to Byng Place WC1 where we can find a rather impressive set of actual "Street Furniture" in Bloomsbury.

The bench is flanked by two armless chairs, the furniture is made of wood and pale in colour and looks very modern. Get yourself down to Byng Place WC1 right here in the heart of London's university district. The area where this furniture sits was recently paved and bricked over creating a rather pleasant near shared space environment that actually works.

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Friday, 3 June 2011

Tate Modern...

We are back at Tate Britain and if you happen to walk to the left of the main stairway to entrance you'll find these rather snazzy modern contemporary looking benches hiding behind a rather well kept hedge.Four legs and a rather long rectangular shaped bench which sits upon a paved area hidden behind the hedge. I must say I do like the the telephone box just to the left of the tree that appears to be sneaking a peak of something.

Considering the Tate here at Millbank used to home a lot more contemporary art it probably explains these backless benches.

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