The London boroughs of Camden and Holborn are steeped in local history. And the surrounding streets of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) are no exception.
There's plenty of great architecture once housing many notable residents. English Heritage Blue Plaques are ten-a-penny! – However, I'm not going to bang on about the history too much...
This is a FREE 'virtual' street tour, starting off at GOSH. Winding through the local area, and back to GOSH. Find exemplary artwork, some hidden gems, and a few Banksy's too!
Walking the tour would take about an hour. However, it's best to keep it virtual given the current circumstances... Let's go!
Founded on 14th February 1852, GOSH was the first hospital in England to provide patient beds specifically for children. It is now one of the world's leading children's hospitals.
In April 1929, author J.M. Barrie donated the copyright of his Peter Pan stories to GOSH, who receive royalties from any performance or publication of the play, and its derivative works! 🧚♀️✨ [Statue photos courtesy of GOSH] 👍
Heading west, the first piece of street art can be found on the corner of Great Ormond Street and Queen Square...
Street artist Clet Abraham's subverted street works are found in many cities around the world. Featuring humorous humanistic themes, the pre-cut designs are stuck to existing road signs.
Across the square, and along Old Gloucester Street. There are some modern artworks in the windows of the October Gallery. On Gage Street is an engraved cornerstone dated 1863. It marks St. George's School for 200 Girls & 200 Infants.
Heading down Gage Street there are two murals in the Alf Barrett Playground. The first poetic piece is by Angry Dan, and there's also a mural painted by Iamsuzie and Cokestd. 'The Paul Street Boys' is a youth novel by the Hungarian writer Ferenc Molnár. Then crossing over Boswell Street, through the archway leads to the Tybalds Estate...
Leaving the estate on the east side leads back onto Great Ormond Street. Take a left down Lamb’s Conduit Street, then left onto Guilford Street. There's a little grill embedded in the brickwork, nice! ... Right, down Landsdowne Terrace and through Brunswick Square. Then right down Hunter Street, passing the iconic Brunswick Centre.
A series of historic blue plaques mark the route. Featuring notable residents: John Howard, George Orwell, Sir Stephen Spender, James Burton. J.M. Barrie lived in the area in 1885 – 1888.
Straight on to Judd Street. There's another blue plaque for Alexander Herzon who operated the 'Free Russian Press' 1812 – 1870. The 'Patisserie Deux Amis' nextdoor has a statue of two little dudes hanging about above the shop sign. 'A large cake maketh two friends!' 😋
Across Judd Street, street artist Kai Aspire installed his cement sculpture 'Love vs Money' in 2017. Featuring a cartoon-like character, weighed down by cash while holding a heart-shaped balloon. Still hanging on, but should maybe let it go...
Cross over Gray's Inn Road, best done virtually as it's always nightmare busy! On the corner-house, is a great example of the french street artist Space Invader's mosaics. Featuring an invaded 'Union Jack' flag, the tiles have been removed (stolen) and replaced three times since I first photographed it back in 2007...
Moving away from Kings Cross. Heading up Gray's Inn Road, on the left, is a curious installation of half-pennies stuck to the wall. They must have been there for some time, I have no idea who put them there, or why?
LDNOTE: At first, it featured only the cash machine, with the infamous Di-Face £10's stuck on and spilling out. They were soon all ripped off. So Banksy returned and added the mechanical arm snatching the young girl. I never saw the original, and I've never got my hands on one of those £10's either 😔...
Cross back over Gray's Inn Road and roll down Mount Pleasant. Carry on up Elm Street and over Gray's Inn Road to Northington Street. There's often stencil artworks by Loretto here, currently Jesus is taking a selfie.
Continuing along Northington Street there's a new set of artworks and NHS tributes by some talented young local artists. Keep up the great work! 👍 ... Further along, there is a blue plaque marking writer Dorothy L. Sayers house.
Cross over and along Rugby Street, then right into Lamb's Conduit Street which forms the border of the boroughs of Camden and Holborn...
My son spent some time at GOSH when he was young. So we have personal experience of their great expertise caring for children. Please help support Great Ormond Street Hospital and all their important work by donating to enter The LDN GOSH Charity Lottery!
Help fund both the hospital’s most urgent needs now and support its vital work once this crisis is over.
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Zoom the map and click on the locations to view the artworks. You can also use the list to navigate through all the pieces featured on the LDN GOSH street art tour. Have fun and stay safe!
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©LDNGraffiti 2020 | Peter Pan photos ©Great Ormond Street Hospital.