It’s another phone box from the London Marathon route – the last before we get into the giant series of phone boxes that run along the Thames on the final stretch leading up to the Houses of Parliament.
(We’ll just pause here while I have a nerd moment about that longitude coordinate being so pleasingly close to zero! Annoyingly, in tracing the route on Google Street View, I found that I missed a phone box that was even closer, so I’ll need to go back to the area next time I’m in London.)
What’s interesting about this phone box is that it’s red on the inside as well, which is more obvious now that it’s seemingly been emptied of its contents. I hope it stays around as it provides a nice bit of decoration for the tourist-ridden Cutty Sark promenade.
Apologies that this one is very blurry – there was a water station in the way and I was trying to zoom in while still semi-running! You can see it much more clearly in the Google Street View image linked above.
It’s a bulbous-topped K2, like many of the phone boxes you see on London streets!
This phone box showed up around the two-mile marker. It’s a bit vandalised and overgrown, but that’s fairly standard for a suburban phone box – it’s difficult for councils to keep on top of maintaining them. Still a welcome sight early in the race!
This box is out of use nowadays, but it’s still very well kept by the local council. Maybe they’re planning to find an alternative use for it at some point!
BONUS PHONE BOX NEWS FOR THIS WEEK: As of today you have 26 days left to watch Dial ‘B’ for Britain: The Story of the Landline on iPlayer. It’s a fascinating history of telephones in 20th century Britain, which is of course one of my favourite subjects! I highly recommend it if you’re at all interested in phones or engineering or British culture, or even if you just remember the 20th century and fancy a bit of nostalgia.
We’ll be heading down to London next week for the first of my London Marathon phone box finds!