In medieval England, gingerbread was thought to have medicinal properties (we’re certainly gonna try that next time instead of our Lemsip) and Elizabeth I even used to serve gingerbread men to her guests. Sure, the Germans may have their gingerbread houses, but leave it up to crafty Londoners to create a whole lost city out of the spicy sweet stuff.
Sugar-driven visionaries Bompas & Parr have teamed up with the Biscuiteers and Lyle’s Golden Syrup to create their gingerbread dream, a giant vision of London’s lost and unbuilt architecture. The installation will fill Selfridges’ main Christmas window and is sure to impress with its sheer size and detail.
The edible city – which took 400 hours to design, bake and build – spans a total surface area of 10 metres squared and looms 1.8m tall. All in all, it took 353kg of Biscuiteers gingerbread, 1245kgs of icing and royal icing sugars, over 80 litres of golden syrup and 85kg of caster sugar!
The Lost London display features a fantasy scene of sugary delights made up of now demolished London buildings such as Euston Arch, Old London Bridge, Newgate Gaol, City of London Lying-In Hospital; and never-built architecture such as Selfridges Tower, the Glass Tower Bridge and a National Gallery Extension.
Go check it out soon, as we can imagine that it might get a bit busy with salivating crowds once the Christmas shopping season truly kicks in.