Positive things to do in and around Bow

Minigolf at Canary Wharf

Concerts at Victoria Park Bandstand 2024

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Visit Paternoster Square (St Pauls tube)

The 'Wild Table Of Love' in Paternoster Square by Gillie and Marc
The ‘Wild Table Of Love’ in Paternoster Square by Gillie and Marc

Dogman and Rabbitwoman share a feast with six of the world’s most endangered animals.

Gillie grew up in Zambia and sketched all the wonderful wildlife that surrounded her. One day she saw an elephant brutally shot. This had a profound impact on her. She vowed to dedicate her life and work to protecting Earth’s innocent animals.

While in his twenties, Marc fell in love with conservation on a trip to Tanzania to see the chimpanzees. He gained a deep appreciation of all living things in their interconnectivity and the importance of protecting the delicate balance of nature.

A closeup of the 'Wild Table Of Love' (Animal Banquet) by Gillie and Marc
A closeup of the ‘Wild Table Of Love’ (Animal Banquet) by Gillie and Marc

The ‘Wild Table Of Love’ a big bronze animal sculpture in Paternoster Square will be removed after 15th May. It’s near St Pauls. Read more about the artists Gillie and Marc.

Shepherd and Sheep in Paternoster Square by Elizabeth Fink
Shepherd and Sheep in Paternoster Square by Elizabeth Fink

Nearby you’ll see the sculpture Shepherd and Sheep by Elizabeth Fink (1930-1993). It was put in place in 1975 and references the former use of the site as Newgate Market which sold livestock and meat. It was mentioned by Samuel Pepys and was closed in 1869 after Smithfield opened. Elizabeth Fink’s sculptures are dotted about Britain. You’ll find her huge Horse and Rider on the corner of New Bond Street and Burlington Gardens.

Temple Bar, Paternoster Square
Temple Bar, Paternoster Square

Also in in Paternoster Square you’ll find the old Temple Bar which once stood where Fleet Street became The Strand. It was moved to Paternoster Square in 2004. The bar was first mentioned in 1293. King Charles II commissioned a new one after the Great Fire in 1666. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Temple Bar was the ceremonial entrance to the City of London from the City of Westminster.

By Victorian times it was blocking the road in our bustling city and in 1878 it was carefully removed to and reconstructed in Theobalds Park, Hertfordshire.

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