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.

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

Admiralty Arch

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

Albert Memorial

Arguably London’s grandest monument, this was built by Queen Victoria as a memorial to her much-beloved husband, Prince Albert.

Bomber Command Memorial

This impressive war memorial commemorates the sacrifice made by the brave bomber crews in World War II.

Cenotaph

The Cenotaph is the focus of an annual parade on Remembrance Day, when the war veterans march past the poppy wreaths in Whitehall.

Charing Cross

A marker for Queen Eleanor’s Cross, which showed where her funeral parade rested on its way to Westminster Abbey in 1290.

Cleopatra’s Needle

This 3,500 year old obelisk on Victoria Embankment dates from the reign of Pharaoh Tuthmose III, 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 symbolises the authority of The City. Its original purpose is still shrouded in mystery.

Marble Arch

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

Monument

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

Nelson’s Column

The 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

Princess Di’s memorial 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 monument was unveiled by George V in 1911, and stands at the end of the Mall directly in front of Buckingham Palace.

Temple Bar

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

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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