For my ‘culture’ day out last week, I had the honour of being accompanied by Peter – a dear old mate of mine, who I worked with at Barclays in Wardour Street, Soho W1 back in the mid 1970’s (I worked there from the age of 17 to 21 during the years 1974 to 78).
Peter, who hails from Bishopbriggs, Glasgow – was part of a scheme that Barclays used to operate back in the day, when they recruited people from all four corners of the British Isles, to help staff branches, mainly in the City and West End of London – and so, in his honour, and to make him feel at home – the topic of this particular ‘culture’ gig was “Scottish London”!!!
Summarised below are some of the Scottish related London landmarks that we covered-off on this trek:-
- Baker Street tube station – where there are murals depicting Sherlock Holmes – novels that were written by Edinburgh born Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle.
- The London Scottish Regiment – base in Horseferry Road
- The Robert Burns Statue – Victoria Embankment Gardens
- Royal Mile Whiskies – Bloomsbury
- St.Columba’s Church – Pont Street
- The William Wallace Memorial – Smithfield
- Great Scotland Yard
- Eduardo Palozzi’s mosaics – Tottenham Court Road tube station
- The Edinboro Castle Pub – Mornington Terrace
- The Dundee Courier Building – Fleet Street
- Drummonds Bank – Charing Cross
- Crown Court Church of Scotland – Russell Street
- The Caledonian Club – Halkin Street
- Caledonian Road – Holloway
- JM Barrie’s “blue plaque” – at the authors former London home at 100 Bayswater Road (JM Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland – and was the author of the legendary Peter Pan novels)
- The Peter Pan Statue – Kensington Park Gardens (which was commissioned by JM Barrie)
- Baker Street – the subject matter of the iconic record by signer songwriter Gerry Rafferty, who was born in Paisley, Scotland.
I have provided a little bit of background of the landmarks to each of the photos posted.