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The Step Outside Blog

As anyone who looks at our books will be aware, we love London and are passionate about helping other people to enjoy our city, through cost-free family days out.

 

A good few people have suggested that we write a blog about London things that have caught our attention, captured our hearts or made us think - or all of the above - so here it is.

We hope you enjoy it!

A Nice Spot in London - The Battle of Britain Memorial

By Francesca Fenn, Nov 15 2018 08:32PM

On Victoria Embankment, next to the river and facing the London Eye is a memorial to pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain.This absorbing and moving sculpture was created by Paul Day, and was erected in 2005. It depicts different sights and ev ents from the Battle of Britain, and a list of almost 3,000 pilots from 14 Allied countries who took part in the battle.

It is a singular shape, which simply invites you to walk around it, and to spend time having a good look at it. This is a very clever piece of design, because the shape is dictated by its location - it is built around air vents from the Underground, which date back to the days when steam trains ran on the District line!


I often take a detour when I'm passing near, to enjoy this fine sculpture and to remember how fortunate we are that these brave men did so much to protect our country.


Nearest station: Westminster, Jubilee, Circle and District lines.

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