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Articles Tagged 'Iconic British Things'

A normal red phone box and a solarbox, London

Why Are London’s Red Phone Boxes Turning Green?

The classic red British phone box, as designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and beloved of Anglophiles and Inspector Spacetime alike, has been in decline for over 30 years. Officially discontinued in favor of a steely glass box, not unlike those you’d see all over the world, the red phone box lives on more as […]

Dripping tap

WATCH: Why Do the British Have Separate Hot and Cold Taps?

When you grow up expecting things to be a certain way and find out they are not a universal constant, it can be quite bewildering, and when that bewilderment is applied to plumbing, things often get unpleasant. To travel in a land where, for example, toilet paper cannot be flushed, when one is used to […]

Planet of the Dead

How The Double-Decker Bus Became Red, And Other Stories

Let’s start with a disclaimer: there are double-decker buses in action all over Britain right now that are not, and have never been, red. Most London buses may be red, but that’s not the case in other cities, where they can be any color the bus company chooses and red is just one option. But […]

UK’s biggest umbrella, Canary Wharf, London, Britain – 21 Oct 20

Snapshot: 17 Photos of Umbrellas at Their Best and Worst in London

Has your umbrella become your new best friend these days, always at your side? Even if it’s sunny in the morning, an April shower may catch you off guard. But, if you planned well, you have your trusty umbrella nearby.  The thing is, that umbrella can transform into a “frenemy” and turn on you with […]

Irn Bru

Canada Bans Marmite, Irn Bru and Ovaltine

Before we get into this, let’s just put to one side the idea that any banning of these most British of foodstuffs is to do with how they taste, OK? That snarky behaviour will not be welcomed, partly because it is bad manners, but mostly because they are actually, officially delicious. However, Tony Badger (and […]

London taxis are best in the world

London Taxis Take the Top Spot in Survey

London has been voted the world’s favorite city for traveling by taxi, reports the Associated Press. This is the fifth year in a row the iconic black cab has topped the survey. The booking site polled 2,600 travelers, from 30 countries with London coming in first in five out of seven categories, including: 1) […]

Iconic British Things: The Black Cab

Ah there she is! The latest incarnation of a vehicle whose roots go back (in name if not in technology) nearly 400 years. The first transport service with the name hackney coach operated in London in 1621, as a precursor to the modern taxi (except the vehicles only had one horse power, possibly two). There […]

Iconic British Things (A Footnote)

Everyone takes ownership of the things they love, to a greater or lesser extent. You listen to your favorite singer or watch your favorite TV show for long enough, and it feels like it belongs to you personally, never mind the fact that you had nothing to do with how it was created in the […]

Iconic British Things No.15: Afternoon Tea At The Ritz

  Some cultural events are so rarified and so famous, that you’d be hard pushed to find more than a handful of natives that have actually taken part, for fear of appearing to be a walking cliche. The wearing of a bowler hat, for example, or living in a thatched cottage. And the rakish topper […]

Iconic British Things No.14: The Mini

It’s interesting to think that without the Suez Crisis in the late 1950s, a British design classic would never have been born. Never mind your Prius or hybrids, this is the first mass-marketed car which was designed to operate on smaller rations of fuel than other cars, while still doing everything the larger vehicles could […]

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