London is a special city. It keeps many secrets, visible only to the most attentive. If in the childhood you dreamed about the career of a spy or detective, then you have the potential, and for training future Sherlocks and Bonds there is no better place better than London.
Seven Noses in Soho. Famous artist Rick Buckley decided to mislead the whole world, and he did it. In 1997, he hid about 35 big and little noses, but only about seven remained, although some sources claim that there are ten of them. There are legends about these sculptures. For example, many believe that the nose in the Admiralty Arch was created to make fun of Napoleon. Another city legend says: he who finds all seven noses, will be very rich. Pleasant tale, right. Well, shall we check?
Ears of Covent Garden. Hush, quiet, even the walls have ears! What can we say about the streets of London! The artist Tim Fishlock hid his ears in Covent Garden. Two of them can be found on Floral Street, but that's not all. There are rumors that there are a few more ears in the city. Mission is possible.
The smallest in Britain police station on Trafalgar Square. This miniature police station in the eastern part of Trafalgar Square was built in the 1800s and was used by the police to watch marches and protests. It is said that the lantern that decorates the roof of the site, used to serve on the "Victoria" - the battleship of Admiral Nelson. Now the site is used by the city council as a warehouse.
Naked ladies in York House. What do you think about when you hear Twickenham? About rugby, picturesque river coasts ... About anything, actually. Meanwhile, it is worth of looking at York House - a real gem of this area. The origin of naked women is vague: it is believed that this is the nine oceanids from Greek mythology. The maidens are carved from white marble and probably got here in the XIX century from Italy. Perhaps, earlier they were an element of another composition, more large-scale and detailed, which was then sold in parts. In York House, these ladies came in 1906 approximately. They were brought here by Sir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, who used sculptures as party decorations, which King George V himself visited.
John Snow's water pump in Soho. Almost right behind Oxford street, on Broadwick Street, the John Snow`s water pump is located. Spoiler: It is not John Snow you thought of. This Snow was a talented doctor who find out how to save London from cholera. In 1854, a cholera epidemic broke out in Soho, killing 500 people in two months. John Snow found out that the cause of the disaster was a water pump and it was needed to remove the handle from it. The number of infections decreased straight away, and the center of the disease went out.
Window of St. Martin. on Trafalgar Square. When you want to go on an excursion, take a look at the window of St. Martin. It was created by the Iranian artist Shirazeh Houshiary, who was inspired by the bizarre reflections of objects in the water. Architect Pip Horne in 2008 helped to bring this idea to life.