The fountain in the Strand entrance to the Savoy Hotel, London. It is said that the extremely tight turning circle of the London black cabs was developed so they could negotiate the sweep around the fountain in one movement, without the need to reverse.
Immediately at the exit of Tower Hill Station is Trinity Square Gardens. Overlooked by most visitors in their rush to get to the Tower itself, it contains Merchant Navy memorials relating to both World Wars & also the Falklands conflict. It is also the site of the infamous Tower Hill scaffold & contains a memorial on the actual spot & a number of plaques naming those who were executed there, mainly for views differing from those of the contemporary monarch, including Sir Thomas More & Archbishop Laud.
View across the gardens, with the Mercantile Marine Memorials in the middle background. The site of the scaffold is just to the far side of the lower memorial to the right.
The Falklands conflict Merchant Navy memorial with the listed former Port of London Authority building in the background.
Site of the Scaffold. (Stock pic. via Wikipedia)
At the Tower itself, a sea of porcelain poppies commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of World War One & will remain there until November 11th.
First published April 2 2012 on eagleash.tumblr.com