|Cleopatra's Needle Wenlock|
As well as the busker statue the show at the Theatre Royal caught their eye as it was Shrek The Musical. I am sure at some stage we might have to go an watch it, as both girls are big fans of Shrek. I was rather more interested in the building, although compared to some of the theatres around this was rather a plain looking building. Further down the road on the edge of Aldwych, the Novello Theatre (showing the Abba Musical Mamma Mia) was a much more elaborate looking building. In both cases though, the buildings were far more ornate than any current one would be. It made me speculate about the approximate time that we lost this decorativeness from our architecture. Personally I blame World War I – architecture has never really been the same since.
Our next Wenlock was the standard mascot – no extra decoration. The kids didn't seem to mind - they still posed by it. We walked down Aldwych and crossed the road when we reached The Strand, heading down towards the Embankment.
|Patriotic Flower Basket|
The next mascot was by Somerset House, an old Georgian building that has had a multitude of uses over the years but which now hosts the science stuff. Outside was a statue of Michael Faraday, gleaming in the sunshine. My older daughter was thrilled to be photographed by him – she is a big science fan despite her tender years. I’m not sure she knew who Michael Faraday was, but she definitely knew he was important otherwise why would he have a statue there?