A week after Easter, we were in London, and decided to spend the day locating the Shaun in the City sculptures. We had previously seen the literary benches and the routemaster buses, and total missed the Paddington Bears. This was the first time we were to make a concerted effort to find them all.
So having got the maps from the internet and downloaded the app, we started on Bitzer’s Trail since it began at The Shard, and we were staying at the London Bridge hotel a very short walk away. A shower of rain delayed our start, however just before 11:00 we had started and found our first Shaun, number 32 – Rainbow.
We were using the app to locate the next nearest Shaun (more of which later) so it led us to the cluster of three in More London between HMS Belfast and City Hall.
First was number 33 – Mittens, design by Simon Tofield of “Simon’s Cat” fame.
Number 34 – Lenny was just out of sight but was around a 60 second walk away.
We had already noted Number 35 – Petal, as it was close to the other two and on our route to Tower Bridge.
Following the path to Tower Bridge we encountered Number 36 – Globetrotter on the walkway around the south tower. The sides of this Shaun had maps of the world and the star constellation – Big Dipper – on the face.
Leaving Tower Bridge on the north bank of the Thames we walked around to the west side of the Tower of London to find Number 37 – Yeoman of the Baaard
At this point we realised we had fellow Shaun finders who were following the trail with us. Once they had taken their pictures, we took ours and we could already see them at Number 38 – Shaun-xiào, sponsored by The Royal Mint.
From here the trail headed away from the tourist area into the financial area of the City of London. Being a Saturday the roads were quiet. Number 39 – Liberty Bell was located outside Fenchurch Street station.
Heading deeper into The City we came across the Number 40 – Kanzashi at The Lloyds Building.
Number 41 – Shanghai Shaun is located in Leadenhall Market. A little gem which we have never been to before, in fact did not even know is existed.
Heading west along Cornhill took us the Royal Exchange were Number 42 – Robo-Shaun was located.
This is where the app misled us as it identified the nearest Shaun as Number 30 – The Guardian, which is on Shirley’s Trail and the detour to find that one at The Guildhall took us away from the next Shaun on Bitzer’s trail. This Shaun will be picture in the next blog, on Shirley’s Trail. Heading back toward Moorgate and the next Shaun, it was around lunchtime so we decided to find somewhere to eat.
Refreshed, we continued north-east to Devonshire Square to find Number 43 – Ruffles.
Re-tracing our footsteps, we heading west into Liverpool Street station, the location of Number 44 – The Pearly King.
Having entering Liverpool Street station at the eastern entrance, we left via the western entrance into Broadgate, the location of the old Broad Street station, closed in 1986, and redeveloped as part of the late 1980s property boom. In Finsbury Avenue Square there we found Number 45 – Mr Shaun, based on the Mr Men and Little Miss characters.
There we had finished Bitzer’s Trail, with a detour to The Guildhall, and a stop for lunch, it tooks us around three hours, much longer than the 1 hour 10 minutes that the leafet suggested the trail would take.
Next stop was The Barbican for Shirley’s Trail, which were to undertake in reverse order.