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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th May 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Adv of Marco Polo, Diamond Jim)
25th May 1878 Gilbert/Sullivans opera HMS Pinafore, premieres in London
Lord Shaftesbury - A.K.A. - Eros
Statue commemorates Victorian Philanthropist Lord Shaftesbury
Location: Piccadilly Circus, W1R
Description: Whilst wandering through London and taking in the visual delights that confront the human eye everywhere, remember to take in Piccadilly Circus.
Why... well maybe because the statue that sits centre stage and looks quite bizarre commemorates the great Victorian Philanthropist Lord Shaftesbury.
It actually represents not 'Eros the God', but the 'Angel of Christian Charity'. And who better to honour than Shaftesbury... I mean at 84 years of age and on his death bed he did lament...'I cannot bear to leave the world with all the misery in it.'
Tagged in this Tour: Top 10 London Landmarks: Silver