Where: The Mall, SW1
What: The queen victoria memorial takes pride of place in front of Buckingham Palace. Made of some 2,300 tonnes of white marble, with a 13 feet tall statue of the Queen, groups on the remaining sides representing Victorian virtues such as charity, justice, truth, motherhood and courage, and topped by a golden winged 'victory', it is easy to see why this memorial has become known as the “wedding cake”!
The queen victoria memorial is an imposing and tall edifice by the sculptor Thomas Brock, with the surround by the architect Sir Aston Webb. Standing some 82 feet tall, it was conceived in 1901 soon after the death of the queen. The memorial was to be the symbolic hub of the Empire and the centerpiece for Webbs Mall plan, which included Admiralty Arch, widening of the Mall and a new front for Buckingham Palace. It was completed in 1911.
The memorial looks best at night, when there is a contrast between the dark bronze figures, and the brightly lit white marble centre, and the sheer sculptural massiveness can be appreciated.
Nearest underground station: St James’s Park, Victoria or Green Park