Seven Noses of Soho, or the London Noses, are an artistic installation found on buildings in London. Created by Rick Buckley in 1997, they are reproductions of the artist’s nose which protrude from walls in an incongruous and unexpected way. Initially, about 35 noses were attached to buildings such as the National Gallery and Tate Britain but now only 7 survive, though some sources mention 10.
The artist was provoked by the controversial introduction of CCTV cameras throughout London and installed the noses under the noses of the cameras, so to speak. The prank was not publicised and so urban myths arose to explain the appearance of the noses. For example, the nose inside the Admiralty Arch was said to have been created to mock Napoleon and that the nose would be tweaked by cavalry troopers from nearby Horseguards Parade when they passed through the arch. Another story told of the Seven Noses of Soho which would give great fortune to those who found them all.
Finding all the noses is a great fun, so here’s a good point to start from – the Admirality Arch with the easiest nose to spot.