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CURIOSITIES OF EAST LONDON

As you head East from the City of London, you encounter some of the Capital's most intriguing streets.

Until recently the streets of Shoreditch, Spitalfields and Whitechapel were barely known to outsiders, and few Londoners, let alone visitors, dared to penetrate their warren like complexity.

Nowadays, this is a positively thriving part of London and it boasts a rich array of wonderful curiosities that range from intriguing street are to artifacts that are associated with both Jack the Ripper and the Elephant Man.

THE ERASMUS WIND VANE

Look up at the cupola that surmounts the Whitechapel Gallery and you will see a striking weathervane that shows a man sitting backwards on horseback holding a book. He represents the 16th century scholar Erasmus and was created in 2008 by the Canadian sculptor Rodney Graham.

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THE WRONG ABBEY ROAD

Since 1969, Beatles fans from across the Globe having been flocking to the iconic pedestrian crossing in St John's Wood that was featured on the Abbey Road album cover. But them, in 2011, a new Abbey Road DLR Station opened in West Ham, East London and, inevitably, fans began turning up at the wrong Abbey Road!

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