Yesterday I spent a lovely afternoon trying out the elusive art of benchspotting. Granted, as a hobby, benchspotting is unlikely to reach the dizzying heights of popularity that the supercool world of trainspotting has but it whiles away a pleasant sunny September Sunday in London nonetheless! Why benchspotting I hear you cry with excitement and anticipation? Well these are no ordinary benches…
they are book-themed benches (surprise!)
This summer saw the National Literacy Trust set up partnership with Wild in Art to bring some colourful book-themed benches to the city of London in the aptly named project Books About Town. Each bench is shaped like an open book, has been hand-painted in a particular theme by an illustrator or local artist and then placed in a random part of the capital.
So in a bid to do some more London-based exploring as well as see these colourful benches in situ, I dragged my lovely friend Rosie on a tour to see how many benches we could spot! We started with the Bloomsbury Trail and then wended our way towards the ones surrounding St Paul’s Cathedral but there are a lot more to find.
Below are photographs of the ones we managed to track down (don’t worry, it’s not an impossible task, there are maps available online!) and if you want to see how many benches you can find, go quickly – the benches are only around as a complete collection until Sunday (dismantling starts 14th September!).
And now for my personal faves…
How many benches can you spot before the time runs out??