Statues and Monuments

London Monuments Gallery

English Heritage looks after nine important monuments in London, erected in the 19th and 20th centuries. Some were intended to commemorate victory, such as the triumphal Marble Arch and Wellington Arch, which were envisaged as memorials to Britain’s victories against Napoleon. Others served to remember those who had lost their lives in war – the most significant of those being the Cenotaph in Whitehall which has been the focus of national remembrance for a century. 

Browse all the London monuments in our care in the gallery below.


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  • London Statues and the History of Empire

    We look at Britain's colonial history through the individuals commemorated in our statues, recognising that many have committed historical wrongs that need to be acknowledged today. 

  • History of the Cenotaph

    Read the history of the Cenotaph, a monument designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and the focus of national ceremonies of remembrance since 1919.

  • History of Wellington Arch

    Read more about the history of Wellington Arch, one of London's best known landmarks, originally intended as an outer entrance to Buckingham Palace. 

  • More Histories

    Delve into our history pages to discover more about our sites, how they have changed over time, and who made them what they are today.