Treasure hunt: riverside west London

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Time Out takes a stroll along the banks of the Thames, and spots tropical palm trees, strange sculptures and mysterious plaques. Photography Scott Wishart. Illustration Nick White

  • Treasure hunt: riverside west London

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    All Saints church

    Starting on the north side of Putney Bridge turn left into Church Gate, with the Temperance pub on the corner. Pass Sir William Powell’s stunning almshouses on the right, admire the gorgeous stonework on the façade, then make your way into the graveyard of All Saints church, Fulham. What you’re looking for is a bronze statue by sculptress Helen Sinclair. It’s quite unlike anything else in the vicinity so you’ll find it easily enough. What is the name of the piece and when was it created?

     

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    Bishop’s Park

    Head out of the churchyard through the nearest gates. Turn right into Bishop’s Park and take the Thames Path along the riverside. After a couple of minutes you will reach a wooden bench on the right of the path looking out over the river towards the large, white Duke’s Head pub on the opposite bank. Don’t sit and ponder the universe: you’ve only just started and have a long way to go, you lazy tykes. There is a plaque on the bench in loving memory of Jonathan Coroneos. What would he do here and what would he dream of?

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    Craven Cottage

    Continue along the path until you reach the sign for Bishop’s Park Ornamental Pond. Take a quick diversion into the park to see the naked and obviously quite chilly stone woman kneeling by the water. What is she holding in her left hand? (That’s not part of the quiz – we just weren’t entirely sure.) Now back to the hunt. Continue along the path until you reach the mighty ugly Craven Cottage, home to Fulham FC. Follow the path out of the park on to Stevenage Road. Facing the Cottagers’ black-and-white turnstiles, tell us how many entrances there are at the Putney end.

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    Palm trees

    Walk along the front of the football ground and turn left at the end of the red brick buildings, returning to the river path. Marvel at the large tropical palm trees. When you reach another sign that reads ‘Welcome to the tidal Thames’, poke your nose over it. What can you see directly opposite on the south bank of the river?

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    Hammersmith Bridge

    Walk along the front of Palace Wharf and Thames Wharf. Perhaps grab a bite to eat at the River Café or a coffee at Riverside Studios before heading over Hammersmith Bridge. The next clue isn’t: When was it constructed? That would be far too easy. (If you want to know when the city’s oldest suspension bridge was built then take a look at the shield on its arches.) It’s also not: How many ornate street lamps are on the bridge? (Because we lost count.) At the southern end take a sharp left on to the path and head back towards Putney. According to the two signs on either side of the entrance steps to the stunning former Harrods Furniture Depository, what is that building’s actual name? Don’t let Mr Fayed catch you looking if he peers down from his penthouse.

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    Thames Path

    Continue along the muddy path until you reach an obelisk on your right hand side. This memorial to Steve Fairbairn, oarsman, coach and founder of the Head of the River Race, is how far from the start of the Boat Race course?

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    Boathouses

    Avoiding the joggers, cyclists and dog walkers, continue along the towpath past Queen Elizabeth Walk (which leads to the London Wetlands Centre), over Beverley Brook Bridge and into a thicket of posh rowing clubs. If you’ve got a spare couple of minutes push a cox in the water for fun and shout, ‘Jolly hockey sticks! Yaroo!’ Then look for the next clue. On the front of the Imperial College boathouse there is a plaque honouring Charles Alfred Bristow. According to the words inside the quotation marks, what did he do?

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    Pryor’s Bank Gardens

    Looking back over the river you can now see the bench you encountered in clue two. Pass the Duke’s Head pub, or, indeed, stop off – it’s a cracking Young’s boozer – and cross Putney Bridge. When you reach the north side turn left down the steps next to the chic urban bus stop into Pryor’s Bank Gardens. Can you tell us what Leda is snuggling up to, the saucy minx?How to play | Clue Exchange | Extra clues | Get the answers
    While you're there
    EAT

    The Café at the Cottage

    The eaterie at Fulham FC’s stadium is open Mon-Sat 8.30am-4pm (or 8.30-11.30am on Saturday matchdays).Craven Cottage, Stevenage Rd, SW6 (0870 442 1222/www.fulhamfc.com) DRINK

    The Chancellors

    An old-fashioned pub on a quiet side street. The Chancellors, 25 Crisp Rd, W6 (020 8748 2600)How to play | Clue Exchange | Extra clues | Get the answers

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Head out of the churchyard through the nearest gates. Turn right into Bishop’s Park and take the Thames Path along the riverside. After a couple of minutes you will reach a wooden bench on the right of the path looking out over the river towards the large, white Duke’s Head pub on the opposite bank. Don’t sit and ponder the universe: you’ve only just started and have a long way to go, you lazy tykes. There is a plaque on the bench in loving memory of Jonathan Coroneos. What would he do here and what would he dream of?Continue along the path until you reach the sign for Bishop’s Park Ornamental Pond. Take a quick diversion into the park to see the naked and obviously quite chilly stone woman kneeling by the water. What is she holding in her left hand? (That’s not part of the quiz – we just weren’t entirely sure.) Now back to the hunt. Continue along the path until you reach the mighty ugly Craven Cottage, home to Fulham FC. Follow the path out of the park on to Stevenage Road. Facing the Cottagers’ black-and-white turnstiles, tell us how many entrances there are at the Putney end. Walk along the front of the football ground and turn left at the end of the red brick buildings, returning to the river path. Marvel at the large tropical palm trees. When you reach another sign that reads ‘Welcome to the tidal Thames’, poke your nose over it. What can you see directly opposite on the south bank of the river? Walk along the front of Palace Wharf and Thames Wharf. Perhaps grab a bite to eat at the River Café or a coffee at Riverside Studios before heading over Hammersmith Bridge. The next clue isn’t: When was it constructed? That would be far too easy. (If you want to know when the city’s oldest suspension bridge was built then take a look at the shield on its arches.) It’s also not: How many ornate street lamps are on the bridge? (Because we lost count.) At the southern end take a sharp left on to the path and head back towards Putney. According to the two signs on either side of the entrance steps to the stunning former Harrods Furniture Depository, what is that building’s actual name? Don’t let Mr Fayed catch you looking if he peers down from his penthouse. Continue along the muddy path until you reach an obelisk on your right hand side. This memorial to Steve Fairbairn, oarsman, coach and founder of the Head of the River Race, is how far from the start of the Boat Race course?Avoiding the joggers, cyclists and dog walkers, continue along the towpath past Queen Elizabeth Walk (which leads to the London Wetlands Centre), over Beverley Brook Bridge and into a thicket of posh rowing clubs. If you’ve got a spare couple of minutes push a cox in the water for fun and shout, ‘Jolly hockey sticks! Yaroo!’ Then look for the next clue. On the front of the Imperial College boathouse there is a plaque honouring Charles Alfred Bristow. According to the words inside the quotation marks, what did he do?Looking back over the river you can now see the bench you encountered in clue two. Pass the Duke’s Head pub, or, indeed, stop off – it’s a cracking Young’s boozer – and cross Putney Bridge. When you reach the north side turn left down the steps next to the chic urban bus stop into Pryor’s Bank Gardens. Can you tell us what Leda is snuggling up to, the saucy minx?How to play | Clue Exchange | Extra clues | Get the answersThe eaterie at Fulham FC’s stadium is open Mon-Sat 8.30am-4pm (or 8.30-11.30am on Saturday matchdays).An old-fashioned pub on a quiet side street. How to play | Clue Exchange | Extra clues | Get the answers

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