The Hunt for a Red Box

A red telephone box on the streets of London.

When was the last time you used a payphone? Do you even know where to find one? Then again, it probably doesn’t matter. Who still hunts for payphones these days, right?

And yet, they do. In London, at least. For the red ones. Out of all the British icons, the Red Telephone Box has to be one with the humblest beginnings. Born out of necessity and painted red simply to make it easy to spot, it is now one of the most-photographed items in London. Tourists pose with it like they would a celebrity and spotting one on the streets can be as exhilarating as riding the London Eye.

But true to the smartphone era, these red telephone boxes are slowly disappearing off the streets. They won’t disappear totally though, which is a relief, because I can’t imagine London without them. It would be like a missing jigsaw puzzle piece: the picture just ain’t complete.

Read more about my trip to London in:
London Part 1: Old Favourites
London Part 2: River Thames & Hyde Park

London Part 2: River Thames & Hyde Park

NOVEMBER 2008… London is a city built on the banks of the River Thames. As such, many bridges traverse the waters. The most attention-grabbing of them all is the Tower Bridge, with it looking like a replica out of a Disney movie. Many people mistake Tower Bridge for the London Bridge in the childhood nursery… Continue reading London Part 2: River Thames & Hyde Park

London Part 1: Old Favourites

NOVEMBER 2008… London was second on my list of European destinations to visit. But in fact, I had wanted to visit London as much as I did Paris. As luck would have it, these two cities are a mere 2-hours-odd train ride away from each other, so I happily bundled them together into the same… Continue reading London Part 1: Old Favourites