I’ve sampled three of the trails available and have seen twenty out of the fifty benches on show (or even fifty one – I believe there’s an extra one tucked away in the Guardian‘s office at Kings Cross), but I think my favourite ones are three from yesterday. Two are on the Riverside Trail (Shakespeare and Paddington Bear – not normally mentioned in the same sentence), and the other one is at Greenwich (Samuel Pepys and a wonderful representation of the Fire of London).
On Monday, the benches will start to disappear and they will then be auctioned off at the South Bank Centre on 7 October, with the proceeds going to the National Literacy Trust. So tomorrow will really be the last day to see them in all their glory.
Going back to yesterday: I discovered that if I stared long and hard enough, people would generally get up from the benches and let me photograph benches minus occupants. Moreover, I found that there were other enthusiasts who were also prepared to “stare” people off the benches, and that there is quite a community of bench spotters out there wanting to swap stories and experiences.
Tomorrow looks fine in London, so why not get out while there’s still time?