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Some deer, early dinosaurs, a massive life-sized gorilla, squirrels, mice, rabbits, hugging bears and a playful dog...  just some of the zoo full of animals you might spot as you wander around London’s streets and parks.

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Peter Pan

Mice and rabbits play around Peter Pan’s feet, while this squirrel talks to a fairy. Writer JM Barrie paid George Frampton to sculpt this work in 1919. Questions were asked as to why an author had been allowed to erect a tribute to his own creation in a public park. There are seven copies around the world.

Kensington Gardens SW7
Tube: South Kensington

Esme Percy Fountain

Near the Palace Gate entrance to Kensington Gardens, on Broad Walk, this bronze terrier waits with endless patience for someone to play with him. It’s a memorial to actor Esme Percy, once famous as a producer and star of stage and 50 films, but forgotten since his death in 1957.

Kensington Gardens SW7

Tube: High Street Kensington

Deer & Faun

Topping the gates to Kensington Gardens are these matched pair of deer with their fauns. Once part of Hyde Park, Henry VIII's huge deer chase, the gardens we see today originated in 1689, when King William and his wife Mary bought Nottingham House and renamed it Kensington Palace.

Kensington Gardens W2
Tube: South Kensington

Two Bears Fountain

This statue of two embracing bears was put here in 1939 to mark 80 years of the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association - which promoted temperance, ie not drinking alcohol - as well as water for animals. The original was stolen and replaced with this recast copy in 1970.

Kensington Gardens W2
Tube: Lancaster Gate

Dinosaur Park

Bursting out of the trees and lakes of Crystal Palace Park these life-size concrete dinosaurs date back to Victorian times, predating Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Some might look odd to modern eyes but this was the world’s first theme park, restored a few years ago at a cost of £4million.

Crystal Palace Park SE19
Rail: Crystal Palace

Guy The Gorilla

This well-loved animal at London Zoo died of a heart attack during an operation on his teeth in 1978. He arrived at the zoo on November 5, 1947, Guy Fawkes Night, hence his name. Self-taught sculptor David Wynne created this commemoration in 1961 and it is well polished by children climbing on it.

Crystal Palace Park SE19
Rail: Crystal Palace

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