In pictures: the trials of being a London street performer

Posted at 4:30 pm, July 9, 2012 in Fun London, Photos of London
© John Kortland

‘Just texting to let you know the costume you made me isn’t working at all. Thanks for nothing.’

On the South Bank, around Covent Garden and in Trafalgar Square, a motley crew of street performers ply their trade. In some cases, they wow the crowds with circus skills, illusion and trickery. In others, they don costumes of varying calibre and either stand very still… or wave. It’s a tough job, so in solidarity, peruse our gallery of photos (submitted by John Kortland) documenting the trials and tribulations of London’s public entertainers.

© John Kortland

When the doctor asks how often he smokes, I bet he says ‘usually only at knight-time.’

© John Kortland

This guy actually doesn’t smoke; that’s just the pose he chooses to strike as a human statue.  He was like that for hours.

© John Kortland

Before one can go to WAR, one must first go to PRET.

© John Kortland

 ’Here she comes, lads. Just act natural and play it cool.’

© John Kortland

Peace out, dudes. Dudes? Anyone?

© John Kortland

‘Ugh. BLANDstand, more like.’

This lonely piper is struggling to pull in the crowds. But his latest musical creation, ‘bagstep’, is set to take Dalston by storm.

© John Kortland

Don’t have a skill? Get a catsuit instead.

Brian the Pigeon described this guitarist as a ‘virtuoso’, but sadly couldn’t spare him any change. (Pigeons don’t have ‘change’, or any money at all in fact.)

© John Kortland

Chaplin takes five.

© John Kortland

 Don’t forget, in the human statue business, you can strike any pose you like. So why not make it a relaxing one?

Many thanks again to John Kortland for submitting his photos to our Time Out London Flickr poolCheck out more brilliant photos of London life here.

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