We all know about London’s 4th plinth in Trafalgar square. Kept free for many years, and today temporarily donned with the infamous Blue Cock. But did you know about London’s fifth plinth? Well that’s what I like to call it. Hidden away in a corner of west London, sandwiched between the central line track and the A40 is the Vanguard Storage facility, Perivale. But as locals will know, it is also home to a delightful array of ever changing displays. Just recently there was a full size Dr Who Tardis (my favourite) and now to commemorate the anniversary of WW1 an authentic Mark IV Tank now sits atop.
They’ve also featured a mini Big Ben, a giant Snoopy, and a giant Santa (who had to be taken down once or twice to avoid being blown back to lap land in the gale force winds!). Vanguard’s ‘plinth’ is definitely one of London’s secret gems, a drive up the A40 will take you past, or a trip on the Central Line (look out the window between Hanger Lane & Perivale – also home to the famous Art Deco Hoover Building, now a Tesco).
But if you can’t make the trip out to zone 4, you can keep up to with their fabulous displays (and the company’s 50th anniversary celebrations) on Instagram and Twitter and at their website www.vanguardstorage.co.uk