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Throwback Thursday: Mary Queen of Scots House, London

In the early 20th century Scottish landowner and politician Sir John Tollemache Sinclair acquired the land at 143-144 Fleet Street and in 1905 commissioned architect Richard Mauleverer Roe to design a Neo-Gothic office.

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Throwback Thursday: Eye-I by Bruce McLean, 199 Bishopgate, London

This abstract female face is by Glasgow born Bruce McLean and can be found outside 199 Bishopgate in London. Created in 1993 the title apparently refers to Glasgow’s “aye-aye” greeting. Made of steel it really is a fun addition to the surroundings.

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Throwback Thursday: Jete by Enzo Plazzotta

This striking sculpture called Jete can be found at 48 Millbank, not far from Tate Britain. Enzo Plazzotta based the figure on David Wall who became the youngest male Principal in the history of The Royal Ballet.

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Throwback Thursday: John Donne Statue, St Paul’s Cathedral Churchyard, London

This statue of the poet John Donne can be found in the Churchyard of St Paul’s Cathedral. It was sculpted by Nigel Boonham in 2012.

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Throwback Thursday: Victoria House, London

Victoria House is a Grade II listed building designed by Charles William Long next to Bloomsbury Square in Holborn. It was built in 1926 for the Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society which was founded in 1843 as a burial society (providing voluntary subscriptions for the funeral expenses of members) and is now better know as LV=.

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Throwback Thursday: The Lloyd’s Building, London

The Lloyd’s building, sometimes referred to as the Inside Out Building, for obvious reasons, is the headquarters of the insurers Lloyd’s of London.

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Throwback Thursday: Awakening Statue, London

This statue of a female nude called Awakening can be found in Ropers Garden on Chelsea Embankment. She was sculpted by Gilbert Ledward in around 1923.

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Throwback Thursday: Climbing Boys, Sculptural Lamp Post, Chelsea Embankment

Dating from 1874 this granite green painted plinth with a design of oak leaves and acorns with two climbing boys is just by Albert Bridge on Chelsea Embankment in London.

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Throwback Thursday: 162 – 164 Bishopsgate

Opposite Liverpool Street Station in London, 162-164 Bishopsgate was built as a fire station in 1885 in a pastiche of the Tudor Gothic style using red brick and Portland stone. A really stunning building with some intricate decoration well above eye level.

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The V&A Museum: Jewellery Edition

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has one of the best collections of jewellery in the world and back in January I had some time on my hands so I popped into the V&A as I nearly always do when nearby and headed up to the Jewellery Section. I hadn’t been there for ages and so hadn’t seen the new layout which is much better than the slightly cramped set-up I remembered from previous visits.

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