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Top five London hearts

Posted at 10:00 am, February 13, 2012 in News

Golden Heart

Home is where the heart is, especially this week. Get your blood pumping with our top five London hearts… 

1. The Golden Heart pub, Spitalfields
Records exist of a pub on this site as far back as 1821, but it appears that before 1827 it was known as The Golden Harp. More recently, the Commercial Street boozer (above) has attracted a dedicated following among British artists, including Tracey Emin, Angus Fairhurst, Sarah Lucas and Gilbert & George. The landlady, Sandra Esquillant, who has run the pub for more than 30 years, is cited by ArtReview as one of the hundred most influential people in art.

2. Banksy’s ‘Balloon Girl’, Blackfriars Bridge
One of Banksy’s most famous works appears on the side of Blackfriars Bridge and shows a little girl holding out her hand to reach a heart-shaped balloon that is blowing away. The accompanying words read: ‘There is always hope.’ Ahh…

3. Voysey’s heart motifs
Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (18571941) was an Arts and Crafts designer and architect whose practice was based in St John’s Wood. His trademark was the heart, which was cut into the shutters, hinges and brackets of every house he built and appeared in much of his textiles and furniture. You can see examples of his work in the V&A , and at one of his houses, Annesley Lodge in Hampstead – which, although not open to the public, has a heart on the front door.

4. Bellenden Road streetlamps, Peckham
The Royal Academy’s Tom Phillips designed these streetlamps as part of the 1997-2007 Bellenden Renewal Scheme, a regeneration project supported by the government and local council. Each neon lamp features half a heart, the other half of which appears on the opposite side of the road.

5. Heart posters onTottenham High Road
Last summer’s riots hit Tottenham harder than most other London areas, so Haringey Council’s ‘I Heart Tottenham’ initiative was a welcome respite from the stories of looted shops and burned-out homes. They’re hard to miss: the whole of Tottenham High Road is lined with heart- emblazoned banners, and posters with hearts bearing the names of Tottenham neighbourhoods have appeared on boarded-up windows in the area. Laura MacPhee 

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