Barings features on London BookBench

Throughout the summer fifty BookBench sculptures have been decorating the streets of London. Barings features on the bench depicting Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne, which was published in 1873.

In the story, Phileas Fogg attempts to travel around the world in eighty days to win a wager with his friends at the Reform Club. Before setting off, Fogg leaves a cheque for £20,000, drawn on his account at Barings, with his friends. After almost eighty days, they are convinced they have won the bet and are making plans to cash the cheque. However, Fogg returns to the Reform Club with seconds to spare. The bench depicts the cheque which they in turn presumably present to him.

The bench can be seen in the basement of Stanfords on Long Acre in Covent Garden until 15th September. The project has been organised by the National Literary Trust and more information can be found at

Posted on Wednesday, 3rd September 2014

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