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Revitalizing the typical red telephone booths from small bookshops to coffee shops

The red symbol of British history is the iconic phone booth, but as the proliferation of cell phones has made them largely unnecessary, many now have small businesses. You may not even think about what these red phone booths can be used for!



Although their numbers have declined in recent years, traditional British red chests are still found in many places in the United Kingdom and in current or former British colonies in the world. In London alone, there are still 11,000 of them across the city.

The red square can appear in the most unimaginable placesSource: Siggy Nowak / Pixabay

After years of unused use of the kiosks, a cultural symbol, the operators were already thinking about making them disappear permanently from the country, but the Red Kiosk Corporation (RKC) bought it at the last minute and passed it on to the fictional entrepreneurs who happily breathed. new life in them.

New life for cabins

In January 2020, it is estimated that 8,000 traditional red telephone booths will remain in public service, but in addition to contact points, they perform more interesting functions.

As of October 2014, for example, many unused K6 phone boxes in London have been painted green and converted into a free mobile phone charger called Solarboxes. On the other hand, most of the booth owners in London kept the original red color and created beautiful little shops in it.

It also looks very good as a flower standSource: Dave Leech / Pixabay

Known as the “world’s smallest sandwich shop,” the kiosk serves a variety of Italian dishes, including the classic pesto and cream of sundried tomato sandwich.

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At the cabin on the corner of Russell Square Gardens, hikers can choose fresh and sweet desserts with strawberries, lemons, and pistachios, but savory snacks are also available, including lasagna balls and arancini. On weekends, passersby can shop at this outdoor kiosk, and on weekdays in the store which is a 2-minute walk away.


The Pearl of Hampstead High Street is London’s first telephone booth, which serves up fabulous hot chocolate for a free snack to keep consumers warm in the cold.

The couple who own the café, Laurence Hernandez and Sean Rafferty, founded Café Amar. Coffee from Colombia is the pride of their booth.


In the small library run by the Brockley Society in Lewisham, books line the shelves, not coffee cups. But the place is designed so that if we want to read a bit with our takeaway coffee in case of bad weather, we don’t have to escape with the borrowed book right away. But if our time does not permit, let’s choose a classic or children’s book and put together one we’ve already read instead.


It’s now rare for someone to call from the kioskSource: bzager0 / Pixabay

British Design Winner

The public red booths designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott offer a familiar view of the streets of the UK, Malta, Bermuda and Gibraltar. At first, they chose the original red color to make it easily noticeable. These phone booths are considered a British cultural icon all over the world. There are many models (the k1-K8 + KX series), but in 2015 the K6 was named the best British design ever.

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Cabin features are not the only ones in London

In the Clachan of Glendaruel, Scotland, an unused telephone booth was equipped with a defibrillator. The device can only be accessed during an emergency call by following the instructions of the Scottish Ambulance Service. Following their example, many kiosks equipped with defibrillators have since been built in the UK.

So they save livesSource: Prisoners / Wikipedia

During 2009, K6 in the village of Westbury-sub-Mendip was converted into a library or book exchange, replacing mobile library services that no longer visit the village. Similar specialist libraries still exist at over 150 other sites, one in Bron, France, and another in K6, Parga, Italy.

Also in 2009, a gallery called Gallery on the Green was set up in Settle, North Yorkshire, located in the K6 booth, of course. At the Gallery, exhibitions alternate, featuring well-known local and local artists as well as community groups.

Some of the stalls have been bought by ordinary people, and a shower cabin is also rumored to have been taken out of them. So the possibilities of use are limited only by imagination, and we hope that ingenious designers will come up with more and more ideas, because the disappearance of such an iconic object would be a loss.

This is what the yellow danger looks likeSource: Pinterest

Almost all of them turned yellow

In 1980, in preparation for privatization, post office telephones were renamed British Telecom (BT). In February 1981, it was announced that all telephone booths would be painted yellow, BT’s new color. There was an immediate popular protest. The Daily Mail even campaigned “against the yellow menace” and even in Parliament there was a campaign against repainting the booths. In the House of Lords, Earl Gorey, Secretary of State for Employment, called on BT to “put up with this ridiculous scheme”. Shortly thereafter, BT announced that only 90 of the remaining 77,000 conventional boxes would be painted in different colors “experimentally”. No final decision has yet been made, but thankfully many still stick to the red color of the cabins today.

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source: standard.co.ukAnd the Wikipedia

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