Secret London: the riddle of the Farringdon spoons

I first saw these spoons several years ago stuck on a wall in a miserable stairwell under Farringdon Road near Mount Pleasant. Nobody seemed to know anything about them or where they came from – the only reference I could find is a passing mention in this interview with the Greenwich Phantom on Londonist.  

I walked past them again the other day and tweeted about them. An answer came back within half-an-hour (from @mrrylln), who said: ‘They have been up there for about 10 years. The stairs were used by heroin addicts a lot… hence the spoon H-shrine.’

Not the most romantic of explanations, but an explanation all the same. Chalk up another one to Twitter.

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4 responses to “Secret London: the riddle of the Farringdon spoons

  1. Quite spooky really.

    It’s like they’re all shuffling up the wall craving heat from the light, now they no longer get their own fix.

  2. A triumph! Now could you follow it up by solving the mystery of the American astronaut names on the trees on Kennington Road. That’s stumped me for years…

  3. Funnily enough, I’ve been meaning to look into the astronauts mystery for a while.

  4. ‘They have been up there for about 10 years. The stairs were used by heroin addicts a lot… hence the spoon H-shrine.’

    I’m not convinced, at least about the 10 years. I went for a job interview in the area in 1987 and I remember noticing them then.

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