This project is dedicated to recording London’s unique biodiversity of architectural dragons – from church spires to local boozers, and everything in-between.
If you see a dragon: snap a dragon, and send the pictures in! Don’t forget to tell us where you spotted it!
This project is focused on London dragons only because we see this project as creating a new kind of walking tour of the city. By naming the place, and keeping everything within the reach of an Oystercard, we make it possible for our readers to spot these fantastic beasts themselves, out in the wild.
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Frequently Asked Questions
But dragons aren’t real
This isn’t really a question, but we’ll address it anyway: this website is full of sightings and photographs of real dragons. If you don’t believe us: go visit them yourselves. We always do our best to list the location of the sighting.
No, that’s definitely a statue/painting/carving.
Still not a question, and you’re still wrong. Dragons can and do move around, but it’s true that their default – when not hunting or flying – is staying very still. Look harder and we’re sure you’ll see one move eventually.
Who’s behind all this?
This project is the brainchild of writer and Londoner Hannah Chutzpah. She has always loved comedy, decorative arts, and urban wildlife, and she’s (genuinely) fuelled by ADHD. Recording dragons mixes her instincts for treasure-hunting and spotting obscure things, goofing about on social media, and researching increasingly obscure and ridiculous things.
How can I help?
We’re glad you asked! The first thing you can do is keep an eye out for dragons and if you see a dragon: snap a dragon. We rely on a wide network of dragon-twitchers to send in photos of London’s dragon population. Contact us. If you’ve seen a dragon but couldn’t get a good picture don’t worry. If you get in touch with us and let us know where you found it we can go get a picture ourselves.
Another thing you can do (if you are developing any buildings) is make sure you include lots of good habitat for dragons to roost on. Most dragon species prefer ornate and intricate architecture to nest in. By saying no to brutalism and clean modern lines, you can help ensure these fantastic creatures have places to live. If every block in London had just one bed of ornate plaster moulding our dragon populations could get back to the levels they were in pre-industrial times.
Sponsor us! This project is mostly a labour of love, but it takes time to put together, and Oystercards and webservers cost money. If we can get just £20 a month we could afford a slightly more fancy website with a geotagging map function, so you can search for dragons near you.