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.
This memorial is located in Park Lane at its junction with Upper Brook Street and was designed by English sculpture David Backhouse. It commemorates the countless animals that have served and died under British military command throughout history and was unveiled in 2004 by Princess Anne. It was inspired by Jilly Cooper's book 'Animals in War' and was made possible by a specially created fund of £1.4 million from public donations. It consists of a curved Portland stone wall, the symbolic arena of war, emblazoned with images of various struggling animals along with two heavily-laden bronze mules progressing up the stairs of the monument and a bronze horse and a bronze dog beyond it looking into the distance
Expected to find people here "spouting forth" but empty!!! Speakers Corner is an area where open-air public speaking, debate and discussion are allowed. This one in the north-east corner of Hyde Park is the original and most noted and it is also the site of the Tyburn gallows used for public executions. Speakers there may speak on any subject as long as the police consider their speeches lawful. Contrary to popular belief there is no immunity from the law but in practice the police tend to be tolerant. They had no objection to my lady wife spouting forth!!!
Marble Arch is a white 19th century triumphal arch which was designed by John Nash in 1827 to be the state entrance to the cour d'honneur of Buckingham Palace. It stood near the site of what is today the three bayed central projection of the palace containing the well known balcony. In 1851 it was relocated to its current site at the junction of Park Lane, Edgware Road and Oxford Street. Historically only members of the Royal Family and the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery are permitted to pass through the arch and this happens only on ceremonial occasions. However I am certain the collection of Police motorcyclists shown in my photo went off through the arch, then perhaps I imagined it!!!
This is a 35ft bronze sculpture by Nic Fiddian who has taken inspiration from his own horse George. This particular profile shows the head being balanced by the tip of its nose. Nic has been so enraged by the statue being defaced by local birds that he has taken it upon himself to climb up there and clean it! Nic it is London, what did you expect?