On friday as part of my regular trip to the Loon Fung chinese supermarket for noodles, I passed “the most eccentric spire in London” which sits at the top of the Nicholas Hawksmoor designed St Georges Parish Church, Bloomsbury.
The spire which features in Hogarth’s Gin Lane (1751) features four stone heraldic beasts (two lions and two unicorns) and is stepped like a pyramid. To top is all is a statue of George I in Roman dress posing as St George. Not your average steeple.
Below ground is the Museum of Comedy and a permanent Hawksmoor & Bloomsbury exhibition in the undercroft of the church and of course there’s the church itself. One to have a butchers at if you’re ever passing the Bloomsbury area. P