London is a city that is steeped in history, so naturally there are a number of memorials that you can visit during a trip here, all of which commemorate different people and events that have helped to shape the city and make it what it is today.
Memorials are a great way to learn about the history of a place you’re visiting, so it’s worthwhile doing your research and finding out which of the many commemorative public works and memorials are best suited to your interests before you make your trip.
Winston Churchill Statue
Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3JX
Situated in bustling Parliament Square, this statute of Winston Churchill is well worth a visit, particularly if you’re interested in politics and leaders that have helped shape our country. It seems fitting that the large statue depicts the former Prime Minister watching over the Houses of Parliament, where he himself was responsible for so much change. Expect to see a lot of other tourists visiting the statue and be sure to take the opportunity to snap a few photos. Try a very early or late afternoon visit if you want to minimise the crowds in your snapshots.
The Winston Churchill Statue is not too far from our Lancaster Gate Hotels which should make it easy to plan your visit.
Queen Victoria Memorial
The Mall, London
Designed in 1901 by sculptor Thomas Brock and unveiled in 1911, this iconic statute sits in front of Buckingham Palace and commemorates the life of one of the most widely-recognised Queens of our time. Standing 25 metres high and comprising of 2,300 tonnes of white Carrara marble, this landmark is a regal reminder of the strength and status of the royal family in Great Britain. As well as depicting Victoria, there are also a number of other statues that represent courage, constancy, victory, charity truth and motherhood.
This memorial is ideally situated by Buckingham Palace, so go in the morning and you’ll also be able to witness the changing of the guards. Spend the rest of the day experiencing London by foot and then head back to your room at the Park Grand Lancaster Gate Hotel for a relaxing evening unwinding with your family or close friends.
If you’re not feeling tired yet and want to experience London’s electrifying nightlife, your suite will be the perfect spot to get ready in before you hit the town. Still got time to squeeze in one more sight? Consider stopping by the Animals in War Memorial before you call it a day.
Animals in War Memorial
Brook Gate, London W1K 7QF
This memorial was designed by English sculptor David Backhouse and can be found in the beautiful green expanse of Hyde Park. While most statues commemorate humans and the achievements and sacrifices that they have made, this piece serves to appreciate all of the animals that have served and died under the British military command throughout history. It is well worth a visit, especially for animal lovers. Finish off your visit with a stroll around Hyde Park.