We British pride ourselves on being animal lovers. One of the most unpredictable of our furry friends are cats.
There are a number of cats represented and remembered in the streets of London. Keep your eyes open when you’re out and about.
In the SW corner of Queen Square, Bloombury is Sam. Very little is known about Sam. His curious sculpture was unveiled in 1997 in honour of Patricia Penn (1914 – 1992) who was a local resident who had been very active in the area.
Outside the Savoy Hotel are 2 very fine topiary cats guarding the entrance.
The most famous perhaps is Dr Johnson’s Cat Hodge who sits on his master’s English Dictionary with his favourite food; oysters ouside Dr Johnson’s House, just off Fleet Street.
The old Carreras cigarette factory in Mornington Crescent still has its iconic cats along the frontage of the walls and framing the main entrance.
Hazel Baker is a qualified CIGA Tour Guide who delivers guided walks and private tours in London. View all of Hazel’s walking tours.