I can’t say I wasn’t warned. Russ Willey of this parish told me, quoting Dr Johnson (I think), “worth seeing but not worth going to see”. A fabulous piece of pith, which I can see myself recycling in the future.
Well, Russ was only half right: it’s not even worth seeing. Or, to be precise, you can’t really see it at all.
The London Stone resides in Cannon Street, virtually opposite Cannon Street tube. It is mounted at street level in the wall of a nondescript modern office block. It is housed behind glass and protected by a cream metal decorated grille. It appears to be about the size of a large breeze block, but it’s difficult to say.
Problem 1: The stone is behind glass, which at street level has obvious dusty consequences.
Problem 2: The stone – bizarrely – has glass behind so that it can be viewed by the lucky office workers within. This just multiplies the reflective effect that makes the thing so difficult to see.
Yes, we realise that it’s a dodgy mythological artifact of dubious provenance. But that’s not the point. It does have symbolical significance and if it’s going to be on display, surely we can do a better job than this?