London Attractions you Never Knew Existed

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Unknown London Attractions

You might have been on London walking tours many a times, but you might have not explored the attractions in the city that are discussed below. These are some interesting, yet unexplored attractions in the city of London, that are worth a visit.

Jeremy Bentham’s Skeleton

You can find a cabinet that carries the clothed skeleton of the old reformer and philosopher Jeremy Bentham in the South Cloister of the London University. You can see a wax made head on the skeleton, inside which, is the real skull of Jeremy, who died in 1832.

The cabinet used to contain the complete mummified body of Jeremy Bentham, but the corpse started to decay in the cabinet. Bentham was one of the prominent figures behind the founding of the University College and it was his specific request to preserve his body in this way.

The Stone Nose of Admiralty Arch

The northernmost arch of the Admiralty Arch has a mysterious life size stone nose, which protrudes out of it almost half way up the wall. Many other stone noses were spotted around the London city and the truth about these stone noses remained unknown for years.

Later in 1997, it was revealed that an artist named Rick Buckley placed these stone noses at various places in the city to protest against the closed circuit TV cameras that were placed at various points in the city, which the artist felt as a “nosy” move to fight against crime.

The Bells of St. Sepulchre

The church bell of the St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate has a long history of announcing doom. For many centuries, the bell was rung to announce executions at the Newgate Prison. Moreover, it was responsibility of the clerk of St. Sepulchre to ring a small handbell outside the death row cells of prisoners, from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century.

It is said that the bell was rung at midnight on the day of execution of the prisoner to help the condemned person prepare to meet the creator.

The Duke of Wellington’s Horse Block

You can find a small white block near the east side of St. James’s Waterloo Place. The block was laid by the Duke of Wellington in 1830 and was intended to work as a horse block to help gentlemen of diminished height mount their horses. The horse block is a fine relic from the nineteenth century.