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BookBenches appear around Bankside and London Bridge

Decorated benches in the shape of an open book have appeared around Bankside and London Bridge as part of a London-wide initiative by the National Literacy Trust.

BookBenches appear around Bankside and London Bridge
Michelle Heron painted this Paddington Bear bench - find it in Cathedral Square near London Bridge
BookBenches appear around Bankside and London Bridge
The Shakespeare's London bench outside the Globe

50 BookBench artworks will be on show around Bankside, London Bridge, Greenwich, Bloomsbury and the Square Mile until mid September.

A bench with the theme of Shakespeare's London can be found on Bankside outside Shakespeare's Globe, whilst Paddington Bear has taken up residence in nearby Cathedral Square.

A Dr Seuss bench overlooks The Scoop at More London.

"We are very excited to be bringing a collection of BookBenches to London this summer to spread the love of reading across the capital," said Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust.

"From Conan Doyle's Sherlock to Cressida's dragons, there will be plenty in store for visitors to celebrate reading for enjoyment and the UK's rich literary culture."

The benches will be sold at public auction on 7 October at Southbank Centre.

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