The smallest statue in London: two mice and cheese

You will never find this if you don’t know what to look for. This is a small statue of two mice that sits above the first floor of a building between Philpot Lane and Eastcheap in London.

The statue depicts two small mice fighting over a piece of cheese and dates back to around 1862. It is said to have been made to commemorate two masons who fell from a scaffolding and died during the lunch break.

It seems they were arguing because one accused the other of stealing the cheese sandwich. In reality, it was the mice that ate it. There is another version of the story which says the two men fell from a scaffolding at The Monument, which is nearby, during renovations in the 1800s.

In any case, this is the smallest statue in London.

Can you take a picture of it?

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