Actors Joely Richardson, Alison Steadman and David Harewood and scientist Baroness Susan Greenfield have all chosen locations within The Royal Parks for London Beyond Sight; an ambitious campaign in which prominent Londoners recorded audio descriptions of their favourite landmarks.
In total, the insights of 40 well-known Londoners from the arts, politics, media, sport, religion, music, medicine and architecture have been recorded for the benefit of blind and partially sighted people, and are now freely available online as podcasts on the London Beyond Sight - VocalEyes website.
The four individuals who selected locations within The Royal Parks are:
Alison Steadman - Pelicans in St James's Park
The pelicans in St James's Park were originally a gift from a Russian Ambassador in the 17th century. Alison Steadman only discovered them sunning themselves on the rocks in the lake about 15 years ago.
"Once I had discovered St James's Park, I became very fond of it. If I'm working close by it's lovely to sit in the park during a break from rehearsals. It's like a little nature reserve. As well as the pelicans there are white and black swans, and a whole variety of ducks, geese and other waterfowl."
Joely Richardson - The Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens
Joely Richardson has fond memories of the statue of Prince Albert with a thoughtful face, kindly and dignified, deep in thought, giving the impression that he would listen to her as a little girl, when she and her family used to walk through Coalbrooke Gate in Kensington Gardens.
She remembers the statue of Albert as black; some say it was the smog that had gradually obscured the gold underneath, others say it was painted black during the war. Since its recent £14 million restoration, Prince Albert re-emerged "shining like the Sun King himself."
David Harewood - Buxton Memorial Fountain, Victoria Tower Gardens
The Buxton Memorial Fountain was built to commemorate the Emancipation of the Slaves in 1834 in Victoria Tower Gardens, beside the Houses of Parliament. Thomas Buxton took over as leader of the abolitionist movement in 1825 and was also one of the founders of the Anti-Slavery Society. The chapel-like memorial is a place to reflect on the thousands of traded people who are not named.
David Harewood's name is a testament to his own family connection to slavery when enslaved people were given the names of their former owners to try to stop the trade in slaves and to give them an identity.
Baroness Susan Greenfield - Peter Pan Statue, Kensington Gardens
The bronze statue of Peter Pan was sculpted by Sir George Frampton RA and was a gift from Sir James Barrie, the character's creator.
Situated in Kensington Gardens since 1912, Professor Susan Greenfield remembers long Sunday afternoons in the fifties, walking and playing there. Like countless generations of children before her, she was captivated by the six foot tall statue of the boy who never grew up, standing atop a tree stump, surrounded by woodland animals and magical fairies.
Judy Dixey, the project's director, says the campaign has been an exercise in posterity and helping those who will benefit most from it.
"It has been enormous fun as well as hard work," she reflects.
"How many of us are aware of the Buxton Memorial Fountain, hiding in Victoria Tower Gardens just by the Houses of Parliament, and so movingly chosen by the wonderful actor David Harewood?"
"It's a real serendipity, the hugely varied landmarks which mean a lot to some very interesting people."
"The whole project can be endlessly fascinating to both blind or partially sighted and sighted people alike."