Animals of London

“But I like the animals better than the ‘best people’,” said the Doctor.

Boissenvain & Osmond's Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, Elephant & Castle, Southwark, SE1

“You are ridiculous,” said his sister, and walked out of the room.

Yolanda Vandergaast's Penguin, Clare Market, Holborn, Westminster, WC2A

So, as time went on, the Doctor got more and more animals…

Kenny Hunter's I Goat, Spitalfields Square, Old Spitalfields Market, Horber Square, Tower Hamlets, E1

and the people who came to see him got less and less.

Battersea Park, Battersea, Wandsworth, SW11

Till at last he had no one left…

Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, Somerset House, Strand, Westminster, WC2R

except the Cat’s-meat-Man, who didn’t mind any kind of animals.

Nic Fiddian-Green's Horse at Water, Marble Arch, Westminster, W1H

But the Cat’s-meat Man wasn’t very rich and he only got sick once a year–at Christmas-time, when he used to give the Doctor sixpence for a bottle of medicine.

Regent's Canal, Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, E2

From Hugh Lofting’s The Story of Dr Dolittle (1920)

2 thoughts on “Animals of London

  1. Hi there! Thank you for that post. Brilliant just brilliant.

    I am actually curating a project in London for Ai Weiwei’s capture-awareness and release. It is called The Chinese Art Project,, and I am looking to do an exhibition using art as a symbol of unique interpretation and freedom of expression. Hopefully I’ll have 25 peices of art to exhibit from 5 unique artists. You’d be so welcome to come! I guess it’s about pulling together and standing for our rights. Especially in an age of social media power. I’ve put a project video plan up here it would be great if you could find an outlet to let readers know.

    Many thanks! Keep up the good work.
    Mr Taurus.

    p.s. i’m on twitter: ChineseTwhisper
    p.p.s. I’ve added your blog to my links on the site

    1. Thanks for posting. Your project looks very interesting… I will try to keep up-to-date with it by adding a link on this site.


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