This is a National War Memorial situated on the south side of Trinity Gardens just to the north of the Tower of London. It commemorates those from the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets who died during both World Wars but have "no grave but the sea".
This had its beginnings in 1962 among the first diplomatic Missions to be established after the attainment of independence from Britain. The strong historical tie between Jamaica and Britain (the Motherland) was the major factor that influences the establishment of a High Commission in the UK. Other factors included the strong economic linkages between Jamaica and Britain. Presumably this where Usain 'Bolts' to when he needs any help with his visas!!!
The Royal College of Music is a conservatoire established by Royal Charter in 1882. It ranks as one of the world's leading conservatoires. and now I hear you say "what the heck is a conservatoire"? And so I looked it up! "An institution or school for instruction in music"!!! And not a lot of people know that, or care!!!
This bronze sculpture by Jacob Epstein depicts a family and their dog rushing towards the park to enjoy clean air and green spaces, nature pulling them from the offices,shops and dwellings behind.
The Hyde Park bombing occurred on 20th July 1982 when a nail bomb was planted in a car in South Carriage Drive by the scumbags of the IRA as the Household Cavalry passed en route from their barracks in Knightsbridge to the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Three soldiers of the Blues & Royals were killed instantly and another died three days later from his injuries. Seven horses were also killed and another Sefton was badly injured and survived and became something of a celebrity being named "Horse of the Year". His rider suffered PTSD and committed suicide in 2012 after killing his children. A second explosion occurred two hours later when a bomb exploded under the bandstand in Regent's Park when the band of the Royal Green Jackets were performing 'Oliver'. Seven members of the band were killed and the rest injured. The IRA claimed responsibility for the attacks and in 1987 one, a Gilbert McNamee, was sentenced to 25 years and in 1998 shortly after this scumbag had been released under the Good Friday Agreement an Appeal Judge quashed his conviction deeming it "unsafe". Another of these vermin is due to stand trial in 2014 so don't hold your breath on any conviction. The whole of the IRA isn't worth the life of just one of those poor horses in my opinion. Bitter? just a bit.
This statue was erected in 1822 in honour of the Duke of Wellington and was appropriately cast from captured French guns. The 18ft bronze statue is of Achilles the Greek hero of the Trojan war carrying a sword and shield with his armour beside him. It is dedicated to Wellington in honour of his victories in the Peninsular War and the later stages of the Napoleonic Wars. It was London's first nude statue and despite its fig leaf it was still controversial. Obviously Mary Whitehouse's ancestors were around then!!!
This memorial is situated at Hyde Park Corner and is dedicated to the casualties of the Royal Regiment of Artillery in the First World War. It features a giant sculpture of a BL 9.2-inch Mk1 howitzer on a plinth of Portland stone with stone reliefs depicting scenes from the conflict. Four bronze figures of artillery men are positioned around the outside of the memorial.
This monument is dedicated to the memory of the Duke of Wellington and stands opposite Apsley House, his London home. It is an equestrian statue showing the Duke astride his favourite horse, Copenhagen.
The Dorchester is a five-star luxury hotel in Park Lane. It opened on the 18th April 1931 and still retains its 1930s furnishings. It has 250 rooms and 49 suites and it is fair to say that we will never pass through its doors!!!
See previous photo of this impressive memorial.