Two art-deco stone lions guard the entrance to the Council House. They were created by local sculptor Joseph Else (1874-1955), who was the Principal of the Nottingham School of Art between 1923 and 1939. Depending who you ask, the lions are either called 'Menelaus and Agamemnon' or 'Leo and Oscar'. Meeting 'by the lions' has become a Nottingham tradition, with the left lion being the most popular of the two. It's said that the lions roar when a virgin walks by.
The Joseph Else is a Wetherspoon's pub on the South Parade of the Market Square, just down from the Council House.
There's a local arts and listings paper called the Left Lion.