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QUIRK for this WEEK

At the beginning of every week a 'Quirk' is posted here. This 'Quirk' is usually an event taking place in London during the week or at the weekend which is unique and quirky and may not have been widely advertised.


Anomalous London tries to find these anomalous events to keep the enjoyment of the glorious capital city of London alive. The Archive has details of past quirky events along with some lovely pictures. Please take a look and it would be nice to receive some feedback so please use the Comments Page to post something. 


Various London locations

Until 15th September 2014


There is a quirky free event going in London this summer. As our summer comes to an end, so does this event, so Anomalous had to feature it as quirk of the week!

Books about Town is brought about by The National Literacy Trust working with Wild in Art. Trails of benches shaped as open books, decorated by professional illustrators and local artists, have appeared on London’s streets for the public to enjoy.  


There are 50 benches in total which are encompassed within four trails around the Capital - Bloomsbury, City, Greenwich and Riverside.

The area of Bloomsbury has many well-known literary links, making it an ideal area to host a BookBench Trail. Follow in the footsteps of many famous authors and explore the wonderful green spaces. The City trail allows you to enjoy some of London's most iconic sites. The buzzing centre of business and finance also offers glimpses of the original Roman settlement of Londinium. Discover hidden parks and historic buildings at the same time.

Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site when you complete our Books about Town Greenwich Trail. The BookBenches are located in the majestic surroundings of the Royal borough, with stunning views across the capital and surrounded by some of the finest architecture in London.

From the curves of City Hall and the sharpness of The Shard, to the standing circles of the Globe, the Books about Town Riverside Trail provides the ideal activity this summer.


Whether you do one trail or all four, this is a unique opportunity to explore the capital’s literary connections, to enjoy art from some of the country’s top artists and to celebrate reading for enjoyment. Some have challenged themselves to see all 50 benches in one day!

To see the trails click here

Each trail has a quiz especially created for children. One lucky winner can win £100 of kids books.


At the end of this event, all the benches will be auctioned at an exclusive show in the Southbank Centre to raise funds for the National Literacy Trust (NLT). Tickets will go on sale to the public on 13 August via the Southbank Centre box office. Proceeds will go to the NLTrust, a charity dedicated to raising the literacy levels of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.