East London Cemetery

Other people are a bit dismissive about East London Cemetery, but I really rather like it. Sure, it's a bit crowded and the blanket of rose bushes at the front are succeeded by a blanket of marble further in, but people here really like to celebrate their dead. The arched gravestone with the family name on the top, a huge bunch of flowers beneath, and a marble slab on which many family memorials can be left (just like the French do it), is standard in East London. But there are plenty of non-standard monuments here too: Billy Gill's enormous dartboard and Signora Vassallo's lifesize statue must be the two most spectacular.

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