Have you started our treasure trail yet?

In Celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022, Harrow Town Centre invites you to take part in our walking window art treasure trail, finding and solving puzzles hand-painted on 11 of our town centre shop windows.
We’ve got a fantastic family gift hamper up for grabs if you solve them all! But be quick they’ll only be up from 1st June to 1st July 2022.
You can pick up a copy of the treasure trail map from one of our participating stores, or download a copy here.

Greenhill Library: Celebrating the 1950’s

Perceval Square, College Road, Harrow HA1 1GX

First appearing on the 13th October 1958 in the children’s book “A Bear Called Paddington” Paddington bear was created by author Michael Bond. Paddington, with his old hat, battered suitcase, duffel coat and love of marmalade, is a polite but clumsy bear. Known for his endless capacity for innocently getting into trouble, he is also known to try so hard to get things right!

The artwork depicts chapter 3 “Paddington Goes Underground” from the first book in the series:  A Bear Called Paddington (1958). Painted in a similar style to the TV series: The Adventures of Paddington bear, the work shows an alternative version of the story in the episode, whereby the marmalade salesman drops his marmalade as the underground train is leaving, rather than giving Paddington one to try for himself. Paddington, however, says the same line as in the episode “I’ve never had travelling marmalade before” which is a comical reference to the story. The artwork also depicts characters from the episode including Mrs Brown & Judy.

You can view the full TV series episode here.

Competition question: How many jars of marmalade can you count?

Buzz Gym:  Celebrating the 2010’s

Unit C2, St Anns Shopping Centre, Harrow HA1 1AT (entrance on College Road)

London hosted the Olympic Games in 1908, 1948 and most recently, 2012. The games created a real buzz when it came to sporting competition throughout the UK and many Britons were glued to their sofas throughout.  A brand new stadium was built in Stratford, East London which hosted lavish opening and closing ceremonies. The artwork pays homage to three British athletes: Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill who won a gold medal in the heptathlon, Sir Mo Farrah, who also took home a gold medal in the 5,000m, and Rebecca Adlington OBE, who took home a bronze in swimming. The piece itself inspires everybody and anyone to start their steps on the positive path of fitness and wellbeing showing that everyone’s journey ‘begins with one step’.

The artwork features Olympic coloured rings across the window, this is a nod to the rings from Rachel Whiteread’s London 2012 poster.

Competition question: What colour is the last ring in the Olympic logo?

Sony Centre: Celebrating the 1980’s

26-28 College Road, Harrow HA1 1BE

The world as we know it changed in the year 1989 as British inventor Sir Timothy Berners-Lee created the world wide web. Before this invention, there was no such information space where documents and other resources could be accessed through the Internet using a ‘web browser’.  To this day, ‘The Web’ has changed people’s lives immeasurably as it has now become the primary tool billions of people use worldwide to interact on the Internet.  The artwork itself shows the development of the web from its creation on the right hand side, to the left hand side showcasing its application in the present day, through smart TVs, smartphones, headphones and more. The development of the world wide web has made a massive impact on all of our lives!

Competition question: How many apps can you see?

Barclays Bank: Celebrating the 1970’s

355 Station Road, Harrow HA1 2AN

“Houston we have a problem” the famous line from NASA’s Apollo 13 space mission in April 1970. The craft was launched from the Kennedy Space Centre on 11th April 1970 but mid-flight something went terribly wrong two days into the mission, one of the Oxygen tanks failed and the crew were told to come back to earth.  The crew instead looped around the Moon and landed safely back to earth. The artwork showcases Apollo 13’s splash down in the South Pacific ocean, revealing sealife and the glowing moon in the background.

Competition question: How many fish are in the ocean?

McDonald’s: Celebrating the 1960’s

361 – 363 Station Road, Harrow HA1 2AW

The Mark I Mini was the first version of British Motor Corporation’s Mini. It is characterised by its sliding windows, external door hinges and ‘moustache’ grille. The car is an icon of British motoring and its newer models are exported throughout the world to this day.  The artwork is intertwined with some of the notable McDonald’s characters from the past, including Ronald McDonald, Hamburgler & the Green Fry Kid.

Competition question: How many tyres can you see?

Sue Ryder: Celebrating the 1990’s

324a Station Road, Harrow HA1 2DX

The Spice Girls were British girl pop group formed in 1994, consisting of Melanie Brown, also known as Mel B (Scary Spice); Melanie Chisholm, or Melanie C (Sporty Spice); Emma Bunton (Baby Spice); Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice); and Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice). With their “girl power” mantra, they redefined the girl-group concept by targeting a young female fanbase. They led the teen pop resurgence of the 1990’s and became the pop culture icons of the decade.

Competition question: How many camera flashes are there?

Brian Cox Estate Agents: Celebrating the 1990’s

310 Station Road, Harrow HA1 2DX

Shakespeare’s Globe is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays, on the south bank of the River Thames. The original theatre was built in 1599, destroyed by the fire in 1613, rebuilt in 1614, and then demolished in 1644.  The modern Globe Theatre, which opened in 1997 is an academic approximation based on available evidence of the 1599 and 1614 buildings.  It is considered quite realistic, though modern safety requirements mean that it accommodates only 1,400 spectators compared to the original theatre’s 3,000.  The right hand side of the artwork shows the newly constructed version of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre being pieced together in a fun way which mimics the approximation made based on the available evidence of the past. The left side of the design follows the Jubilee theme, showcasing the Queen’s love for horses.

Competition question: How many birds can you spot?

St Luke’s Hospice Shop: Celebrating the 1960’s

2 St Anns Road, Harrow HA1 1LG

The artwork shows the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee version of the Iconic Beatles Abbey Road crossing. The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960, that comprised John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.  They are regarded as the most influential band of all time and were integral to the development of 1960’s counterculture and popular music’s recognition as an art form.  Abbey Road was their eleventh studio album released in September 1969 by Apple Records.  Named after Abbey Road, London, the location of EMI Recording Studios, the cover features the group walking across the street’s zebra crossing, an image that became one of the most famous and imitated in popular music. The album’s initially mixed reviews were contrasted by its immediate commercial success, topping record charts in the UK and US.  Many fans still travel to Abbey Road to recreate their own version of The Beatles crossing to this day.

Competition question: How many of the Queen’s Corgis can you spot?

Boots Opticians: Celebrating the 1950’s

30 St Anns Road, Harrow HA1 1LA

Following World War II, patients faced an agonising situation: Doctors were increasingly able to diagnose problems inside the heart, but surgeons could not fix them. For an operation to be successful, the heart would need to cease beating during surgery and the flow of blood through the heart and lungs would need to stop – conditions that no patient could survive. The 1950’s saw Dr. John Kirklin perform the first open-heart operation utilising the heart-lung machine which took over bodily functions while the surgeons closed a heart defect from a 5-year-old girl from North Dakota. The artwork also showcases the early relationship between Boots Opticians (once Dollond & Aitchison) who supplied glasses to The Queen.

Competition question: How many hearts can you see?

Virgin Money: Celebrating the 2020’s

307 Station Road, Harrow HA1 2TA

The piece showcases the positive nature to arise from the impact of time around the COVID-19 virus. These include people having the ability to work from home, the time to think more, enjoy Zoom calls with their family and friends and even potentially having the time to kick-start a new hobby.

Competition question: How many stars can you count?

The Landmark

275 Station Road, Harrow HA1 1NA

Our window art isn’t here right now, but you can still solve the puzzle by checking the poster on the window and answering the question below.

Competition question: How many landmarks can you count?

Submit your answers here!

To be entered into our prize draw to win this fabulous family gift hamper submit your answers to the questions below – Good luck!

Greenhill Library – How many jars of marmalade can you count?

Buzz Gym – What colour is the last ring in the Olympic logo?

Sony Centre – How many apps can you see?

Barclays Bank – How many fish are in the ocean?

McDonald’s – How many tyres can you see?

Sue Ryder Charity Shop – How many camera flashes are there?

Brian Cox Estate Agents – How many birds can you spot?

St Luke’s Hospice Charity Shop – How many of the Queen’s Corgis can you spot?

Boots Opticians – How many hearts can you see?

Virgin Money – How many stars can you count?

The Landmark – How many landmarks can you count?

    Competition closes 23.59 01/07/22. Click here for T&Cs