Book Benches About Town

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Every now and again London becomes a massive gallery with art installations popping up all over the place. We’ve had the elephants and the eggs, and now it’s the turn of the books in what could possibly be the best thing about London right now. Books About Town have asked artists to decorate 50 benches and these 50 benches are now dotted all over London. Last weekend Sister and I downloaded the City Train and the Bloomsbury Trail and decided to find as many as we could.

The benches themselves are beautiful. Most of them are in these little corners of green where the dappled sunlight and colours of nature contrasted wonderfully with the colours used on the bench.

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This was the first bench we saw by UCL (my old home away from home). Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People and that was the beginning of a very long, very wonderful day. We were hooked.

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The benches are in (roughly) four areas of London and Sister and I decided to do two and see as many as possible. We managed to see them all except for two on the Bloomsbury trail (1984 and Around the World in 80 Days) which just weren’t where they were supposed to be and I don’t think we were being particularly blind at that moment.

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And by doing this, both Sister and I saw parts of London we had never been to before, parts we would never have even gone to. It was a treasure map of the best kind and made us both fall a little bit more in love with London.

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The plan is now to see the rest!

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