One of Green Park’s most breath taking and moving statues is the Bomber Command Memorial, erected in 2012 during the Queens Diamond Jubilee. The surrounding structure of the memorial was designed by Liam Connor. The building within it was made of Portland stone and within it you can find a bronze 9 foot statue of seven world war two air crew who are depicted as having just returned from a bombing mission. The lifelike and heroic looking crew were designed by the sculptor Phillip Jackson and the memorial building’s roof was made using aluminium remains salvaged from a world war two bomber which was shot down over Belgium. The plane, having been recovered from a swamp in 1997 still had three of the crew members remains at their station. The shape of the memorial was created to depict a Vickers Wellington, an old RAF plane model.
The memorial itself has been created in memory of members of the RAF Bomber Command who lost their lives during the Second World War. During the war, over 55,000 aircrew sacrificed their lives from Great Britain, Canada, Czechoslovakia and many other countries of the British Commonwealth. The Memorial itself cost a staggering 5.6 million and the funds were donated by members of the public and entrepreneurs.
For guests at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate, the memorial is in walking distance across Hyde Park and into Green Park. The nearest tube station is Hyde Park Corner but Green Park station is also within walking distance. There is now a step free exit into the north-east corner of Green Park, a five minutes’ walk from the memorial through the Park. The nearest train station is Victoria, whi8ch is a short walk from Green Park. Nearby Parking includes the Indigo Mayfair Car Park and the Knightsbridge Q-Park.
By bus you can take the 9, 14, 19, 22, 38 and C2 routes to the south side of Piccadilly which is adjacent to the Memorial.
People looking for high end goods can find the Mayfair area of London where boutique designer clothes, restaurants and cafes can be found. These include John Lobb shoes, Wright and Teague Jewellery and the Hyewood Hill Bookshop where visitors can buy antique and vintage books as well as literature related collectables.
Green Park holds several café’s where you can take a break after the stunning memorials. These include a great Patisserie Valerie and a café Nero in the St James area.