Quirky Camel Bench Located on Victoria Embankment
I have walked along Victoria Embankment scores of time… maybe even a hundred times or more in the three plus years I have called this amazing city my home, and it was only recently that I noticed the very cool, and quirky Camel Benches – there are also benches with sphinx ends, which I will feature at a later date! – which sit on a raised platform and offer up a magnificent view of the River Thames.
I guess I have been too busy reminding myself to constantly look up, or perhaps I have been too busy looking along the river and as result I had missed out on the benches with their interesting architectural feature – ‘better late than never’ as they say!
As far as I’m aware the Camel Benches are situated on the stretch of the Victoria Embankment that is located in the City of London and the Sphinx Benches are located in Westminster.
The Grade II listed cast iron benches were in stalled in the 1870’s and were cast by Z.D. Berry & Son and designed by Lewis and G F Vulliamy. I think it is obvious they were installed to match the Egyptian theme on the Embankment featuring the two Sphinxes and Cleopatra’s Needle.
The seated camels, which are carrying packs and feature gold a neck tassel are a great place to sit, relax and watch life on the river unfold – you are likely to find workers, tourists and homeless people making good use of the benches at various times of the day!
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