Millions of Londoners carry on their work amid the statues praising famous - or once famous - men (and a few women). Here are the few that honour the anonymous working people who keep the wheels of the city turning.


Window Cleaner

This jaunty cleaner peering up at the daunting number of windows in Capital House is one of the earliest public works by Allan Sly - lecturer at Wimbledon College of Arts. His most famous recent work is The Pearl Diver, a 3.5m-high sculpture for the P&O cruise ship, Aurora.

Chapel Street NW1
Tube: Edgware Road


This workmanlike statue outside St Mary Aldermary Church marks the fact that this was an area of leather-workers. A cordwainer makes shoes and other fine leather items - ‘cordwain’ is leather from Córdoba in Spain. A cordwainer made shoes, while a cobbler repairs them.

Watling Street EC4
Tube: St Paul’s

The Gardener

This rather lovely piece by Karin Jonzen is a beautiful tribute to all the gardeners whose unseen hard work makes our city a much brighter place. Jonzen (1914-1998) found fame after winning the 1939 Prix de Rome as a student but she was dogged by ill-health later in her career.

Brewers Hall Garden EC2
Tube: Barbican?

Rush Hour

A great idea for a work but George Segal's bronze group is a bit drab, capturing the tedium of the commute with none of its interest. Some of that lack of connection comes from the fact that Segal casts from life, so his models all have their eyes shut against the plaster casting and their clothing is flat and lifeless.

Broadgate EC2
Tube: Liverpool Street

Building Worker

This bland 3m bronze - badly needing a touch of Soviet Worker Hero - is by sculptor Alan Wilson. Celebrating the building workers’ contribution to the economy, it also remembers all those who have lost their lives at work. Wreaths are placed on the statue each year on April 28 - Workers' Memorial Day.

Tower Hill EC3
Tube: Tower Hill

LIFFE Trader

This 1997 bronze by Stephen Melton already looks very dated. Opposite Cannon Street Station, it shows a Yuppie trader doing business on his massive cell phone. The Life International Finance Futures Exchange ID badges hang from his blazer which is painted with black stripes.

Walbrook EC4

Tube: Cannon Street