Book Bench Hunting in London

The British National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art have the summer of 2014 been working together to bring Books About Town to London. 2 july to 15 September you can find 50 unique BookBench sculptures all over London, but at the end of summer, they will all be auctioned to raise funds for the National Literacy Trust’s work to raise literacy levels in the UK.

They have made four different trails, so that you can go book bench hunting. On the webpage you can find maps and descriptions, that you can download for free.

When I visited London in August, one of my goals were to go book hunting. Schedule wise, I found out the best trail for me were the Bloomsbury Trail, as it wasn’t very far from the British Library, where I had been spending the morning at a comic book exhibition.

I pretty much stumbled over the first bench, Jeeves and Wooster, inside the Brunswich Centre where I had gone to have some lunch and visit Skoob Books. Right smack in the middle of the centre, it was easy to find, and I thought it was a good start to my hunt.

The "Jeeves and Wooster" book bench.
Jeeves and Wooster kicked off my book bench hunt.
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2014

The Blooomsbury trail has 12 benches, but I only found 8 of them. That being said, I must admit I didn’t put a lot of work in finding the other four. I was a tad bit tired, and I mainly did it for fun, so I was quite pleased with what I found.

It was fun to look for these beatiful book benches, which book lover can’t find it so? It was also nice to run into other book bench hunters (I even had a chat by the Pride and Prejudice bench with a lady from kent). It’s a bit sad they’ll only be around for 10 more days, and that I will not be able to do another hunt next time I’m in London.

If you do visit London before 15 September, and you think books are awesome, I’ll highly recommend to hunt down some book benches yourself! And, of course, I would love to hear about other people’s book bench hunting stories! Do you have one?

Some of my favourite benches:

The "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" book bench, backside: A paining of a big lion face.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2014
The front of the "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" book bench.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2014
The "Pride and Prejudice" book bench.
Pride and Prejudice
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2014

The "Mrs Dalloway" book bench.
Mrs Dalloway
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2014

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