The London Blogger Interviews #24: Ornamental Passions

This week’s blog is Ornamental Passions“Devoted to the unexpected details that help to make life in the city worth living” and often cited as a blog, other interviewees in this series enjoy. From the battle between good and evil carved into Grosvenor Place to the Bishop commemorated on Dirty Dicks, this blog is fulll of gems we could all easily miss.


If you had to describe your blog in less than 15 words how would you do it?
A celebration of the architectural frills and furbelows that liven up London’s streets.

Why did you start blogging?
So I can claim to be a streetwalker when people ask me what I do at vicarage tea parties.

What about London inspires your blog?
Architects and sculptors have been adding wonderful details to London’s buildings for hundreds of years – it is the world’s finest free art gallery.

What’s your favourite find so far to date – and is there anything you’re still hunting for?
I almost cracked up when I focused my telephoto lens on a statue hundreds of feet above Portman Street to discover it was the Hunchback of Notre Dame. I don’t really hunt for things, more cycle around with my eyes open, but identifying some of the sculpture is sometimes frustratingly difficult. I have so far failed to find anything about the line of portrait busts in Mount Street, for example.

Read the rest on Londonist.


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