Sculpture in the City walk
Walk around an annual summer exhibition of contemporary sculpture in the confines of the City of London (financial district).
|Start||Liverpool Street Mainline Station, Liverpool Street Exit, Street Level, Kindertransport Memorial|
|Travel||Liverpool Street, Bank/Monument, Aldgate/Aldgate East, Tower Hill and London Bridge tube stations are just a short walk away from Leadenhall Market, as are Fenchurch Street, Liverpool Street and London Bridge mainline stations. All are in Zone 1|
The critically acclaimed Sculpture in the City is an annual exhibition showcasing contemporary works by internationally renowned artists in the confines of the City of London, on streets, in squares or on buildings. The exhibition usually opens around end June, and most sculptures are displayed until the following May.
2019 sees the ninth incarnation of this popular attraction, displaying 21 artworks by 19 artists ranging considerably in scale – from large glass- or fabric-works to small neon- or text-works, thoughtfully placed between iconic architectural landmarks such as the Gherkin (30 St. Mary Axe), the Walkie-Talkie (20 Fenchurch Street), the Lloyd’s-Building (aka the Inside-Out Building, at 12 Leadenhall Street), the Scalpel (Lime Street) and the Cheesegrater (the Leadenhall Building). Wander the City's public spaces and stumble upon world-class public art, on an urban canvas recognised across the globe.
For more information on the exhibition, individual artworks and a map click here.
For a recommended route, as shown on the map on the ‘OS map’-tab above and on the gpx file, please follow below directions. The route finishes at Leadenhall Market in the heart of the City, with its multitude of refreshment options. From there, Liverpool Street, Bank/Monument, Aldgate/Aldgate East, Tower Hill and London Bridge tube stations are just a short walk away, as are Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street mainline stations.
Leadenhall Market features more than 20 pubs, cafes, delis, bars, brasseries and restaurants. For more details click here.
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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The directions for this walk are also in a PDF (link above) which you can download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone. OpenStreetMap (not OS) mapping is used in the PDF for licence reasons.
- [Numbers in brackets] indicate the sites of the artworks, with the numbers matching those on the website linked above and in the printed booklet.
- Meet outside Liverpool Street Mainline Station, at street level in Liverpool Street by the Kindertransport Memorial.
- With the station in your back, turn left along Liverpool Street. In 100m turn right at a T-junction with Bishopsgate.
- In 50m at the far corner of St. Botolph-without-Bishopsgate church turn right along a paved path into its former churchyard to an overview panel of the Sculpture in the City route 40m away and artwork  to the left on a grassy area. Walk around the sculpture and touch it to appreciate it fully.
- Continue in the previous direction and in 60m pass a former Victorian Bath House, now event space (after a period as a restaurant).
- In 40m turn left along Old Broad Street. In 40m, at a T-junction with Wormwood Street, cross it at some pedestrian lights and turn left along the opposite pavement.
- In 30m you walk under , a replica house built onto and around a footbridge (this was planned to stay here to mid-Dec 2019 only, but removal seems to have slipped). Continue along the street and in 60m at the corner of it with Bishopsgate, you find .
- Turn right along Bishopsgate and in 60m pass , opposite the former HQ of the Hudson's Bay Company (spot the beaver as a weathervane).
- Continue along Bishopsgate and in 55m cross the road at a set of lights to continue along the opposite pavement in the previous direction.
- In 25m turn left along the pavement of a tarmac lane leading in 20m to Crosby Square, with St. Helen's, Bishopsgate church beyond it (12th century, formerly with a 13th century nunnery attached, and with more memorials than most other City churches due to this having been a residential area favoured by wealthy people in the 17th century).
- Cross the small square and walk to the right of the church towards , a little to the right in front of the Hiscox Building. You have  20m away to the left (made from disused garden ornaments and found objects) and  40m away to the half right in the direction of the 'Cheesegrater' Building. Look at  first, then proceed towards .
- Continue in the same direction to the left of  and then along the 'Cheesegrater', with the AVIVA building on the left. In 60m you turn right through the undercroft of the ‘Cheesegrater’ (i.e. the Leadenhall Building) and continue all the way to its far end, where  is a text work on the glass panels of the undercroft's frame.
- Turn hard left to go back on yourself, but staying to the right of the escalators in 20m and in 30m continuing with Leadenhall Street on the right and the Lloyd's Building as well as the 'Scalpel' building across it. Continue along Leadenhall Street to the right of a landscaped area (St. Helen's Piazza).
- Turn left along St. Mary Axe to continue with the landscaped piazza on your left and in 30m pass St. Andrew Undershaft on the right.
- In 90m you pass the 'Gherkin' to its left and continue along St. Mary Axe. Ignore Bury Court turning off to the right and in 20m by the Baltic Exchange building on the right, turn left across the road and continue down a paved pedestrianised alleyway between high office buildings.
- In 50m you reach  in a courtyard. Turn right from the previous direction down another alleyway to a main road and in 35m turn right along the right-hand side pavement of Camomile Street.
- In 50m at the junction with St. Mary Axe, turn left across Camomile Street to continue down a pedestrianised area to the left of the 'Can of Ham' building (70 St. Mary Axe).
- In 30m you pass  and continue in the same direction. In 20m turn right along Houndsditch, with the Can on your right. In 60m turn right along Goring Street and in 50m cross Camomile Street and turn left along its opposite pavement.
- In 20 turn right along Bury Street and in 40m turn right along a narrow passage under a building and in 25m reach  in a small courtyard (effectively the back entrance to an office building). Re-trace your steps back down the steps to Bury Street and turn left back towards Camomile Street.
- Turn right along the road (now called Bevis Marks), on the course of the ancient London Wall, and with the Bevis Marks synagogue entrance on the right. In 75m on the right you pass Heneage Lane (an alleyway), with  running along its length.
- In 100m, where the road turns left and by St. James's Passage on the right, you have the newly traffic-freed Aldgate roundabout area, now with a fountain and the Kahaila Cafe on the left (open to 19.00) and  just ahead, leaning against a wall of Sir John Cass's Foundation CoE Primary School (the only school in the City of London). The artwork represents a Dutch raid on the River Medway and its colours Kent (green) and The Netherlands (orange).
- Turn right along St. James's Passage and in 30m - in a courtyard with an Illy Caffe on the right - find  10m away on the right and go past it towards a road.
- In 30m turn right along Mitre Street and in 80m (in 20m having passed the blue metal gate leading to St Katherine Cree Churchyard) turn left along Creechurch Lane (the former site of the first Synagogue, 1657-1701, after the resettlement, is on your left) and immediately turn right along Bury Street.
- In 40m you pass the interesting looking ship-shaped prow of Holland House on your right (all the tiles on the facade of the house are from Delft) and turn left along the pedestrianised Cunard Place, with  ahead.
- Continue past the artwork and through a narrow passage under a building to emerge on Leadenhall Street. Cross it a little to the left and continue along Fenchurch Buildings, a narrow passage. This continues as a road and eventually you reach Fenchurch Street, opposite the East India Arms, an historic pub.
- Cross the road and turn right and in 20m turn left along Fenchurch Place towards Fenchurch Street station’s forecourt.
- In 50m turn right towards  and from it turn right again to continue along an alleyway (London Street) and re-gain Fenchurch Street in 40m.
- Cross the road at a set of lights and turn left along its opposite pavement. In 40m turn right into the undercroft of One Fen Court (a public passageway called Hogarth Court) and in 25m walk under , a video work. [The artwork is shown every other month (July, September, November, January and March).
- [The building has an acclaimed design, with the top floors clad in dichroic glass (glass which causes visible light to be split up into distinct beams of different wavelengths/colours or - in architect-speak - is '...activated by daylight and the weather conditions...", making for "...a building of iridescence..."). This effect is best appreciated from further away and in daylight.]
- You pass the entrance to the much-lauded 'The Garden at 120' (free entry, but booking required) on the right and in 25m cross Fenchurch Avenue to continue between a couple of high buildings.
- Curve to the left with the building on the left and in 100m turn left at a T-junction with Lime Street, by the Lloyd's Building opposite, soon passing .
- Ignore Fenchurch Avenue turning left in 50m and a lane leading to Leadenhall Market on the right in 25m and in another 50m find  on your left by Bolton House (with the The Bunch of Grapes pub on the right).
- Turn right to continue to the right of the pub along Beehive Passage into Leadenhall Market.
- In 30m bear right at a three-way junction and in 20m turn left and in another 30m reach the central crosspaths in Leadenhall Market, with  on the left high up in the roof structure (a neon work) and  ahead high up in the roof structure (also a neon work) .