Queen Boudicca Statue: Historic Defiance


The statue of Queen Boudicca at Westminster Bridge makes for an enthralling stop during your next family day sightseeing stroll. While London’s Roman years are fairly obscure, even less is known about the fierce tribes that occupied this grassy river bank before their arrival, making this 164-year-old work of art especially meaningful. Standing tall in a spiked chariot, Boudicca’s arms are raised defiantly, one fist balled up in rage while the other holds aloft a spear. She commands the fierce warriors of her Iceni tribe to raze the Roman settlement of Londinium. Her two daughters cower behind her, the raging Battle of Watling Street unfolding in bloody chaos in front of their eyes. Of course, today these fierce figures are entirely static, cast in bronze and occupying a cobbled courtyard near the Thames, but this statue is a great way to show your kids just how deep London’s history is. As you move on to the next landmark, have your kids imagine what this land was like before the Romans and Iceni, when this concrete monolith was a simple hillock on an understated river.

Queen Boudicca Statue

Victoria Embankment London England SW1A 2JH

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