Lions, Dragons and Unicorns in London

I am worried about London’s mythical beasts.  None of them are happy.  This lion on a Marylebone door knocker is particularly sad.

sad lion doorknockerThe lions on the coat of arms at Westminster Council’s offices look terrified.

Westminster council armsThe lion and dragon on Elizabeth the First’s coat of arms at Liberty department store look as if they are fed up waiting for their nail polish to dry.

Liberty Eliz I coat of armsMarlborough Street Magistrates Court has been converted into a hotel.  The reaction of the animals on the royal coat of arms is mixed.  The unicorn is in distress; the lion overjoyed.

Coat of arms at courtI knew if I looked hard enough, I would find some more positive creatures.  Back to Liberty, which is home to St George slaying a dragon.  My money is on the dragon this time.

St George and dragonAnd I will finish with a cheerful wee dragon on another Marylebone door.

dragon doorknocker

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. adspark says:

    You made me laugh out loud about the lion and the unicorn waiting for their nails to dry! (although on second look I think that unicorn is a dragon). On the Marlborough Street Magistrates Court: I think the lion is sticking his tongue out and the unicorn is disgusted with his manners! 😉

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Your comment made Paul and me both laugh out loud.
      Well spotted on the dragon-in-a-nail-bar. I’ve corrected the post to get the species right.

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  2. Andrew says:

    Great observations – we often walk past such features but there is much to entertain us in your photos.

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Well, you are setting a good example in your Winchester posts. In fact I think you started the doorknocker blogging.

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  3. I like that little dragon in the last picture, too bad we are not allowed to have something like this here. Seems like in London those creatures have a pretty rough life 🙂

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      A tough time indeed, until one day they come to life and take over the city.

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  4. Just booked our tix to London for early July and hope to see some lions n dragons n unicorns… oh my! 😉

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      If you’ve time to spare, maybe we can meet up?

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      1. Now that sounds like a lovely idea! We’ll be there early July… plans still at the formation stage but let’s connect closer to the date and see if we can make something work!

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  5. Kim in Fiji says:

    Any gargoyles still hanging around?

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Good idea for another post. I will find some gargoyles for you.

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  6. bighair63 says:

    I will never look at a lion in the same way again!

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  7. linnetmoss says:

    LOL. Many of them look as though they are gagging!

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