Peter Murray


One of the strands of talks and events that the Society is holding this year is on London Icons. Here Matt Brown, the curator of the strand, explains what he’s setting out to achieve.

Is there another city on the planet with as many icons as London? We have architectural icons, like Tower Bridge, Wembley Arch, the dome of St Paul’s and (the tower popularly known as) Big Ben.

Numerous inhabitants — real and fictional — instantly remind us of London whenever we hear their names: Charles Dickens, Queen Victoria, Sherlock Holmes, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan… We have iconic double-deckers and iconic black cabs. Our iconic phone boxes and post boxes are found all over the country but are particularly associated with London. Where else in the world will tourists pose beside street furniture?

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