These Delightful Book-Themed Benches Are Popping Up All Over London

For the National Literary Trust’s “Books about Town” project. Bookish-bums have never had it so good.

1. To promote literacy, the “Books about Town” project is bringing 50 unique BookBench sculptures to London.

Axel Scheffler / National Literacy Trust

“From the Gruffalo to the Scarecrows” BookBench, painted by The Gruffalo artist Axel Scheffler, is situated on the Riverside Trail.

2. A collaboration between the National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art, the BookBenches feature stories linked to London.

Michelle Heron / National Literacy Trust

“Please Look After This Bear. Thank You.” BookBench painted by artist Michelle Heron. Situated on the Riverside trail.

3. The benches are based on a range of iconic books such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter Pan, 1984 and The Day of the Triffids.

Quad Digital / Mandii Pope / National Literacy Trust

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by Quad Digital / Mandii Pope. See it on the Bloomsbury trail.

4. Artist Ralph Steadman, who illustrated Lewis Caroll’s Through the Looking Glass in 1973, has reproduced his work for the project.

Ralph Steadman / National Literacy Trust

Steadman’s bench can be found on the Riverside Trail.

5. Visitors can discover the BookBenches by following literary trails in Greenwich, City of London, Riverside and Bloomsbury, until mid-September.

Deven Bhurke / National Literacy Trust

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by artist Deven Bhurke, on the Greenwich Trail.

6. On 7 October, the BookBenches will be auctioned to raise funds for the National Literacy Trust to tackle illiteracy in deprived communities across the UK.

Rae Smith / Gerard Strong / National Literacy Trust

War Horse by illustrator Rae Smith, painted by Gerard Strong. See it on the Riverside Trail.

7. For more info, head to the Books About Town website, or follow @booksabouttown on Twitter.

Sian Storey / National Literacy Trust

“Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary” by artist Sian Storey, based on the work of Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie. Found on the Bloomsbury Trail.

8. People are already sharing pictures of the benches on Instagram and Twitter on the #bookbench tag.

9. So head out this weekend and get involved.

10. You can visit Narnia.

Found one! *\(^o^)/* @BooksaboutTown #bookbenches #London

— Deidre (@Deej_Parker)

11. Or take a trip to 1984.

1984 on the Bloomsbury trail @BooksaboutTown @Wild_in_Art 50 super benches around @Londonist

— Thomas Dowdeswell (@TWDowdeswell)

12. You can hang out with Aslan.

13. Or read quietly with Shakespeare.

Have you seen the Shakespeare-inspired bench on #Bankside? Created by @BooksaboutTown to promote literacy.

— Shakespeare's Globe (@The_Globe)

14. Just try not to squash Paddington when you sit down.

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