Captain James Cook (1728 – 1779), below, is a man who needs no introduction. Nor does his new neighbour across the road.
Russian pilot and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934 – 1968) became a national hero and an international celebrity in 1961, when he became the first man to journey into space and orbit Earth.
Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency, marked the 50th anniversary of that event with the gift of this statue. The statue was unveiled in July by Yuri Gagarin’s daughter, Elena Gagarina, and Prince Michael of Kent.
To read / listen to an interview with Elena Gagarina talking about her father, click here.
See the unveiling of the statue in the video below.
For more in-depth coverage of Gagarin and East-West relations in London, watch the video below.