Monuments & Statues in London

A list of London’s most impressive statues, monuments and memorials – some of which date all the way back to Roman times. They were built to commemorate famous victories like the Battle of Trafalgar, disasters like the Great Fire of London, and the lives of famous British heroes like Admiral Nelson.

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Recommendations Craig recommends… Wellington Arch and The Monument both have observation platforms at the top, and the Eros fountain in Piccadilly Circus is one of London’s most popular photo stops.

Admiralty Arch

Admiralty Arch is the impressive archway at the entrance to The Mall in Trafalgar Square, and was built by Edward VII in memory of his mother, Queen Victoria.

Albert Memorial

London’s grandest monument stands opposite the Royal Albert Hall, and was built by Queen Victoria after the death of her beloved husband, Prince Albert.

Bomber Command Memorial

This impressive war memorial stands at the end of Green Park, and commemorates the sacrifice made by the bomber crews in World War II.

Cenotaph

The Cenotaph in Whitehall is the focus of the Remembrance Day parade in November, when thousands of war veterans march past the poppy wreaths at its feet.

Charing Cross

This is a Victorian marker for Queen Eleanor’s Cross, and marks the spot where her funeral parade stopped on its way to Westminster Abbey in 1290.

Cleopatra’s Needle

This 3,500 year old Egyptian obelisk on Victoria Embankment dates from the reign of Pharaoh Tuthmose III in 1475 BC, making it the oldest monument in London.

Duke of York’s Column

The Grand Old Duke of York was the second son of George III, and commander-in-chief of of the British Army during the French Revolutionary Wars.

Eros Statue

Everyone knows him as Eros, but the statue holding a bow and arrow on top of the Piccadilly Circus fountain is actually the Angel the Christian Charity.

London Stone

This ancient monument dates back to Roman times and has come to symbolise the authority of The City, but its original purpose is stil shrouded in mystery.

Marble Arch

This famous archway was originally the entrance gate to Buckingham Palace, but now stands at the busy end of Oxford Street on the corner of Hyde Park.

Monument

Christopher’s Wren Monument is a tall stone column in The City, and commemorates the destruction wrought by the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Nelson’s Column

This tall column in the centre of Trafalgar Square celebrates the life of our greatest naval hero, Admiral Nelson, and his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

This memorial to Princess Di can be found on the south side of the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park, and is a pleasant place for families to sit.

Queen Victoria Memorial

This impressive monument was unveiled by George V in 1911, and stands outside the front of Buckingham Palace at the top of The Mall.

Temple Bar

The Victorian monument in Fleet Street occupies the same site as the original Temple Bar gate, which now stands outside St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Temple of Mithras

This Roman temple was built in the 2nd-century AD to worship the Persian god of light. It’s most important finds have been moved to the Museum of London.

Wellington Arch

London’s most impressive arch stands at the top of Constitution Hill, and celebrates the Duke of Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo.
 
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